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14 Motivational Uplifting Quotes – W/C 20th June 2022

14 Motivational Uplifting Quotes – W/C 20th June 2022

The right quote at the right time can transform your life. Not all quotes are powerful, but every once in a while, you come across a quote that stands out from the rest. These powerful quotes inspire you to take a step back and to…

Ways to Improve your Motivation – Ultimate Guide!

Ways to Improve your Motivation – Ultimate Guide!

Today I will be sharing with you ways to improve your motivation. When reaching for a big goal, self-motivation plays a key role. But making a change in your life requires persistence, and many of us find it difficult to stay motivated over time. When…

40 Self-Care Ideas for Mind, Body & Life Balance!

40 Self-Care Ideas for Mind, Body & Life Balance!

Today I will be sharing with you 40 self-care ideas for mind, body and lifestyle.

Self-care is about having the courage, tenacity, and resilience to take responsibility for your health and well-being. It’s a lifestyle where we recognise and honour our self-worth by engaging regularly and consistently in strategies that empower us to live our best lives.

If there is something my nervous breakdown taught me was the importance of paying regular attention to my physical, psychological, and spiritual needs. And by that, I don’t mean a one-time self-care experience every time we are already feeling exhausted or ill.

Taking care of ourselves should not be seen as an occasional act, it should be regular practice added into our daily routine.

 

 

Loving others is important, but don’t forget to love yourself

Self-care is a concept about maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself, in other words, self-love. Sometimes we try to meet the needs of everyone around us but forget about ours. But what self-care means is to be conscious about our own needs, both physical and mental.

Eating well, exercising regularly, meditating, journaling. These are all self-care actions. Self-care is so important in improving our well-beings and the quality of life. During the process, we do whatever is good to our body, to satisfy our needs and desires.

This helps us avoid fatigue, stress, anxiety, and worry. To put it simply, self-care makes us feel satisfied and happy. The ultimate goals of self-care are to maintain a good physical and mental health.

With this, we will be more able to help and support others and therefore we will have more healthy relationships with others. Self-care also teaches us to give ourselves a break off from the tiring work. This might also help us to attain a work-life balance.

 

Why is self-care so important?

This seems like a no-brainer. But so many people forget how neglecting self-care damages other areas of our life – until it actually happens. With energised minds and bodies, we can, first of all, be more productive.

You can get more done in less time, and in turn have more hours left for the things you love. As you can see, a good kind of a self-perpetuating cycle grows out of making your wellness and emotional contentedness a priority.

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Through these activities/through patterns/habits, you make sure you live as your best self, rather than just exist. Cheesiness ahead warning, but why are so many of us concerned about making ‘enjoying life’ a frequent, rather than an occasional treat?!

Focusing on wellbeing and happiness now prevents burnout from creeping up on you and throwing your health and stress levels out of control. You should never feel bad about making yourself a priority, and inspires you to take action accordingly.

 

Make self-care a routine

One of the best ways to reach a goal or form any habit is through consistency and regular practice. The same thing applies to self-care. In your calendar, try blocking out ‘non-negotiable’ self-care times. How frequent and how long these are depending on your lifestyle.

For example, you might pick thirty minutes before bed every night to journal and read a few chapters of a book. You might want to spend Sunday afternoons getting out into nature, or meditate for five minutes every morning. For me, working out is a way to nourish my body and mind alike.

So, after consistently dedicating 1-2 hours every morning 5-6 times a week to it, the routine feels effortless and I feel the benefits afterwards each time. This will give you a more concrete plan of action than just wishing for some spare time to appear, and also something to look forward to as a way of recharging yourself!

Top tip:

This is an excellent book on the subject – Self-care for Tough Times: How to heal in times of anxiety, loss and change 

 

 

Depression and routine – why’s it so important?

Ok, now you know why self-care in general is important, what’s the significance of having a self-care routine for depression or any mental health issue? Basically, routines tell our brain and body we’re safe.

Think about it for a second, if you are massively stressed or in danger you don’t do the same things every day because you’re dealing with stress or a dangerous situation. The disruption in routine acts as a signal that all is not well.

A signal we really don’t want to give our brains when we have depression. Therefore, routines are really important because they do the opposite, they signal to our brains that everything is well and we don’t need to worry. Which is exactly what we want – a nice, relaxed brain equals a happy life.

 

40 Self-Care Ideas for Mind, Body & Life Balance!

Here we have some ideas to help you practice self-care. Start right now!

 

10 self-care ideas for the body

  1. Take a few deep breaths. Get yourself oxygenated. Breath into your abdomen and breath out the air from your stomach and chest.
  2. Go for a walk under sunshine. Especially when it’s cold. The warmth from the glowing sun often makes people feel better.
  3. Run for a few minutes. Let yourself sweat. It’s the easiest way to exercise.
  4. Take a quick nap. 10 to 20 minutes will do. Make up your sleep debt.
  5. Have a good laugh. Watch a comedy or have a nice chat with great friend.
  6. Look at the green and the blue. Grassland. Ocean. They do good to our eyes and clam our body.
  7. Wake up at 6Enjoy the morning breeze and the slow pace.
  8. Make a small change to your diet. Drink an extra glass of water, or have a vegetarian meal. Do a body detox.
  9. Have a massage. Incorporate essential oils for your massage. Remove your tiredness and let your skin breathe.
  10. Be still for a few minutes. Let your body rest. Stay still. Breathe slow. Move slow.

 

10 self-care ideas for the mind

  1. Take another route to work. Breaking your routine in small ways makes your ordinary day special.
  2. Wander in the city. Discover the other side of the city. Look for its beauty you have never noticed.
  3. Unplug for an hour. Switch everything to airplane mode. Disconnect from the technology. Bring yourself back to basics.
  4. Get out of your comfort zone. Do something you have never done before. Like talking to a stranger.
  5. Keep a journal. Write down your thoughts and whatever you find interesting. Record your day with words.
  6. Practice Mindfulness/Meditation. These practices are excellent for calming the mind.
  7. Practice gratitude. When you learn to appreciate the small things, you soon realise how much you have in life.
  8. Buy something new for the house. Refresh your home. Make it bright and new.
  9. Go cloud-watching. Relax and watch the sky. Perhaps with a bottle of fresh fruit juice.
  10. Do a mini-declutter. Recycle something from your house that you barely use.

 

10 self-care ideas for work-life balance

  1. Take a random day off. Have a day off without any planning or purpose. Just to be off from work.
  2. Plan for a weekend holiday. Go for a short trip. Escape from the routine.
  3. Get to work early. Avoid the rush hour. This also means you might be able to leave work early.
  4. Leave work early. Enjoy some free time when the sun is still there.
  5. Eat lunch away from your office. Take a little break. Breathe some fresh air.
  6. Have a small chat. Talk about something other than work. This makes your time at work less dull.
  7. Turn off work-related email notification. Make off-hour really off-hour.
  8. Wear your favourite outfit to work. Boost your happiness by a smart and refreshing appearance.
  9. Have some healthy snacks. Supply energy to your body.
  10. Listen to soft music. Relieve your stress with a soft background music.

 

10 self-care ideas for healthy relationships

  1. Speak out your thoughts. Don’t be afraid to say what you really think. No one will understand you unless you speak out.
  2. Tell others your expectations. People might fail you. But it’s fine to let them know so that both of you can adjust.
  3. Say NO sometimesIf saying yes makes you feel bad.
  4. Honour your emotions. Admit them and never try to hide them. They are gifts.
  5. Minimise people-pleasing. Unless that’s what you really want to do. You have no responsibility to please anyone.
  6. Free from restrictions imposed by others. Take them as advice instead of commands. You’re the only one who is in control of your body and mind.
  7. Be open to new things. Don’t be afraid that changes will make you into a different person. Perhaps they lead to a better you.
  8. Share your past. No matter it’s wonderful or awful. It’s your past which makes you who you are today.
  9. Be patient to others and yourself. Everything takes time. It takes time to quit a habit or to change something. Don’t rush.
  10. Leave some room for yourself. No matter what kind of relationship you are in, the most important one is the relationship with yourself. Work on it.

 

40 Self-Care Ideas for Mind, Body & Balance – Final thoughts

Unfortunately, there is no magic wand that will bring us immediate peace and total relaxation during trying times like these, but if you slowly and consciously make healthy choices for yourself, it will start to pay off. Show yourself some compassion and by treating your body and mind kindly, you are bound to feel better.

Do you have any beauty and self-care rituals that you love? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear what works for you!

If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@adam-lawrence.org. I would love to hear from you! I really hope you found inspiration in this post.

 

 

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12 Ways to Calm Your Mind – Ultimate Guide!

12 Ways to Calm Your Mind – Ultimate Guide!

Today I will be sharing with you 12 ways to calm your mind. It’s important to look after our mental wellbeing, particularly whilst we find ourselves spending more and more time at home. There are plenty of things that we can do to help us…

14 Motivational Uplifting Quotes – W/C 13th June 2022

14 Motivational Uplifting Quotes – W/C 13th June 2022

The right quote at the right time can transform your life. Not all quotes are powerful, but every once in a while, you come across a quote that stands out from the rest. These powerful quotes inspire you to take a step back and to…

Meditation Benefits for Mental Health – Ultimate Guide!

Meditation Benefits for Mental Health – Ultimate Guide!

Today I will be discussing meditation benefits for mental health.

Most people are aware of the need to do physical exercises to stay healthy and fit, but many fitness freaks are not too clued up when it comes to exercising their mind.

Like any muscle in the body, the more you train your mind, the stronger it becomes. You cannot touch or see mental health, but you can certainly feel it – it’s silent killer, and is massively on the rise due to the global pandemic.

Meditation is an age-old practice of controlling your mind and thoughts. When practiced regular, it does wonders for mental health.

It is a method of gaining insight into one’s own mind and inner self. When practiced regular it will quiet your mind, expand your awareness and open doors of improvement beyond your imagination.

Meditation has tremendous mental health benefits that manifest themselves in higher efficiency, happiness, and wellbeing.

What is meditation?

So, let’s start with the basics and explore what meditation actually is and what it involves.

Meditation is a practice in which a person aims to focus their attention and slow down or stop racing thoughts to achieve emotional calmness and mental clarity. It is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine and can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind (Mayo Clinic, 2020).

Many people think it’s about completely clearing the mind of all thought but it’s more about bringing non-judgmental awareness to one’s present state. Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years and has its roots in various religious traditions.

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While meditation is still firmly connected to spirituality, many people now practice it independently of any religious beliefs. There are many different types of meditation including Mantra Meditation, Visualisation Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation which is probably the most widely recognised.

Meditation practices generally involve deep breathing, focused attention, noticing sensations in the body, and sitting or lying in a comfortable position. There is often a set amount of time for the practice and it is usually done in a quiet space, though not always.

Top tip:

The below are excellent books on meditation that I couldn’t recommend enough:

 

 

 

Different types of meditation

Understand the types of meditation and build your practice around forms of meditation that appeal to you. Common elements of meditation include: relaxed breathing, a comfortable sitting position, a quiet location, and focused attention – all the forms below can be guided or unguided.

Guided meditation involves following a verbal prompt that guides you through various actions throughout your meditation, whereas unguided meditation consists of sitting or lying in silence and utilising the components of meditation to meditate on your own.

I recommend starting with guided meditation to familiarise yourself with the practice. There are plenty of great guided meditations on YouTube and Spotify. Or try an app, like HeadsSpace or Calm.

There are many ways to meditate, here’s an overview of a few popular ones:

 

Mindfulness meditation

Has existed for thousands of years and has its roots in Hindu and Buddhist teachings. The main objective of mindfulness is to relax and calm your mind by focusing on the present moment. To do a basic mindfulness meditation:

    • 1. Find a quiet and comfortable spot to sit down, and then close your eyes.
    • 2. Focus on your breathing, slowly inhaling and exhaling all the way.
    • 3. If your mind begins to wander, notice this without judgement, and simply refocus your attention on your breathing.
    • 4. Repeat this process for the allotted time (eg. five minutes). As you improve in your practice, you will sharpen your ability to quiet your mind and take control of your thoughts when they wander off.

 

Mantra Meditation

    • In this form of meditation, people choose a word or phrase to focus on and repeat as they meditate. It is a good option for people who struggle with silence or focusing solely on their breath. The classic mantra used in Mantra meditation is “Om,” which is a sacred spiritual symbol in Indian religions, and “at peace” or “calm” are popular choices in English. However, you can choose any sound, word, or phrase you connect with to be your mantra.

 

Metta meditation

    • Metta meditation is a traditional Buddhist practice that aims to promote kindness and compassion for all living beings. A meta-analysis concluded that it can enhance positive emotions in daily life, and may even be able to reduce the perception of physical pain. To practice Metta meditation, pick a phrase that promotes kindness such as “May I be happy and healthy,” and repeat it to yourself as you meditate. Continue repeating this phrase as you think of other people in your life who you would like to send this message to.

 

Visualisation

    • To incorporate visualisation into your practice, focus on a scene that brings you peace, such as a sandy beach or your childhood home. Visualise it in as much detail as possible, utilising all your senses, as you meditate. You may also visualize yourself reaching specific goals, which can improve your sense of motivation.

 

Progressive muscle relaxation

    • Progressive muscle relaxation focuses your attention on your body and areas of tension in order to slowly relax each muscle. To practice, focus on different areas of your body, and pay attention to how they feel. Work your way up from your toes to your head, tensing and relaxing them one muscle group or body part at a time.

 

Movement meditation

    • Movement meditation is great for people who have difficulty sitting still but who want to have a regular meditation practice. It exists in many established forms, including Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong, but can also be as simple as a mindful nature walk. Even something like picking up a basketball and repeatedly practicing your shot can be a mediation if you get lost in the focus of it and stop thinking about anything else.

 

Meditation Benefits for Mental Health – Ultimate Guide!

Below is some of the benefits of meditation I discovered when researching, but keep in mind meditation is not the only solution for these health conditions or issues outlined.

Make sure to work with your doctor or healthcare professional to come up with a comprehensive treatment plan of need be.

 

Decreases anxiety and depression

Meditation has powerful anti-anxiety benefits. One of the main reasons people meditate is to help quiet a loud, overactive mind. Meditation allows us a break from racing thoughts that anxiety often brings. A 2013 study suggests that meditation can reduce anxiety by almost 40%.

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According to the NCCIH, there is evidence that meditation can improve the symptoms of anxiety and depression. By practicing mindfulness meditation regularly, you might be better equipped at regulating your emotions and managing the worries or thoughts that contribute to depression or anxiety.

Additionally, Harvard Health Publishing states meditation has been found to change brain regions that are linked to depression.

 

Reduces stress

You might already know that meditation can help reduce stress, but we couldn’t cover this topic without stating it. The practice can leave you feeling calmer and more relaxed.

The Mayo Clinic says that by meditating, you “may clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.” And because we know that a build-up of stress can lead to burnout, combating stress with meditation might help set you up for a healthier life.

 

Boosts immunity

Regular meditation has been shown to help boost your immune system. Researchers found that meditation increases electrical activity in the left side of the brain – which is responsible for your immune system.

It was also found that those who meditate have higher counts of antibodies in their blood, which helps fight illness.

 

Boosts mood

2019 study found that brief and daily meditation decreased mood disturbance.

Additionally, the study found that short daily meditation practices can have similar behavioural effects as long and intense meditation sessions, which is good news if you’re just starting out with your practice or can only meditate for a couple of moments a day.

 

Helps with sleep

The act of meditation can help you get to sleep faster, according to a 2015 study. Researchers found that participants who practiced mindfulness meditation had less insomnia and fatigue.

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According to Harvard Health Publishing, mindfulness meditation “involves focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future. It helps you break the train of your everyday thoughts to evoke the relaxation response, using whatever technique feels right to you.”

 

Decreases pain

If you suffer from chronic aches, pains, and headaches, meditation could help! Scientists have found a link between mindfulness meditation and pain relief.

While the exact reason behind this still remains somewhat unclear, many health experts recommend regular meditation in addition to medical treatments for chronic pain.

 

Boosts creativity

Want to feel more creative at work? Start meditating! Studies suggest that mindfulness meditation can encourage creative thinking and problem-solving. Meditation also helps us separate our emotions from our work, which helps us think more clearly and develop new ideas. 

 

Lowers blood pressure

While this one is up for a bit of debate, most experts agree that meditation can be a good way to help lower blood pressure in addition to medical treatment, a healthy diet, and exercise. While meditation might not directly cause your blood pressure to lower, the practice helps fight stress and anxiety – which can both be culprits of high blood pressure. 

 

Boosts productivity

Daily meditation can help you perform better at work! Research found that meditation helps increase your focus and attention and improves your ability to multitask. Meditation helps clear our minds and focus on the present moment  – which gives you a huge productivity boost.

 

Improves social wellbeing

Meditation has been shown to help individuals build better relationships. Meditation teaches us how to be more present in the moment, which is extremely helpful for relationships.

One study also found that regular meditation was linked to more laughter, empathy, and socialness.

 

Boosts emotional intelligence

Many of us have troubles understanding our emotions. Mindfulness meditation helps teach us how to be aware of our feelings and emotions and how to process them better. Practicing meditation changes how you think and helps you learn to understand your emotions without having to act upon them.

 

Meditation Benefits for Mental Health – Final thoughts

While meditation isn’t a magic solution for all health issues – when practiced regular, it can definitely help you feel healthier, happier and improve your mental health If you’ve never meditated before, start slow and ease yourself into the practice. Give yourself some love and relaxation, and try meditating today.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years! If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@adam-lawrence.org. I would love to hear from you!

I really hope you found inspiration in this article.

 

 

 

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How to Balance the Root Chakra – Ultimate Guide!

How to Balance the Root Chakra – Ultimate Guide!

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Practicing Self-Compassion – Ultimate Guide!

Practicing Self-Compassion – Ultimate Guide!

Today I will be sharing with you advice on practicing self-compassion and the benefits of doing so. Self-compassion is an incredible tool for resilience – and all the more important as we begin to emerge, tentatively, from the coronavirus pandemic. I will be sharing why,…

60 Beautiful Gangaji Quotes – Inspirational!

60 Beautiful Gangaji Quotes – Inspirational!

Today I will be sharing with you 60 beautiful Gangaji quotes.

Born in Texas in 1942, Gangaji grew up in Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1964, she married and had a daughter. In 1972, she moved to San Francisco where she began exploring deeper levels of her being. She took Bodhisattva vows, practiced Zen and Vipassana meditation, helped run a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre, and had a career as an acupuncturist in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Despite her successes, Gangaji continued to experience a deep and persistent longing for fulfilment. She pursued many paths to change her life including relationship, motherhood, political activism, career, and spiritual practice, but even the greatest of her successes ultimately came up short. In the wake of her disillusionment, she made a final prayer for true help.

In 1990 the answer to her prayer came unexpectedly, taking her to India and to the meeting that would change everything. There, on the banks of the river Ganga, she met Sri H.W.L. Poonja, also known as Papaji, who opened the floodgates of her self-recognition. In this meeting, Gangaji’s personal story of suffering ended and the promise of a true life began to flower and unfold.

Overflowing with gratitude, Gangaji asked Papaji how she might truly thank him for this immeasurable gift of freedom. He said, “I am really glad you asked that…the only way is to give your life to this.” Without having any idea what that would mean, Gangaji said, “Yes.” Since that day she has travelled the world speaking to anyone who would listen, and pointing them to what is already free, the truth of who they are, the truth of who you are.

Among other titles, Gangaji is the author of The Diamond in Your Pocket, Freedom & Resolve: The Living Edge of Surrender, and Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story.

 

 

60 Beautiful Gangaji Quotes – Inspirational!

1. “Under the obsessive thoughts and plans, under the emotions, positive and negative, there is an ocean of peace.” ~ Gangaji

2. “The love that you search for everywhere is already present within you. It may be evoked by any number of people or events. But finally, you must realize you are this love. The source of all love is within you.” ~ Gangaji

3. “The meaning of your life depends on which ideas you permit to use you. Who you think you are determines where you put your attention. Where you direct your attention creates your life experiences, and brings a new course of events into being. Where you habitually put your attention is what you worship. What do you worship in this mindstream called your life?” ~ Gangaji

4. “Love has nothing to do with another person. Love is Truth. Love is Beauty. Love is Self. To know yourself, to surrender to the truth of yourself, is to surrender to love.” ~ Gangaji

5. “When you are willing to stop looking for something in thought, you find everything in silence.” ~ Gangaji

6. “Be still and know yourself as the Truth you have been searching for. Be still and let the inherent joy of that Truth capture your drama and destroy it in the bliss of consummation. Be still and let your life be lived by the purpose you were made for. Be still and receive the inherent truth of your heart.” ~ Gangaji

7. “The truth is you really are nothing, but this nothing is full, whole, infinite in everything and everywhere. This nothing is conciousness itself. It is already whole, complete and fulfilled. This is the amazing irony.” ~ Gangaji

8. “Be still. it takes no effort to be still; it is utterly simple. When your mind is still, you have no name, you have no past, you have no relationships, you have no country, you have no spiritual attainment, you have no lack of spiritual attainment. There is just the presence of beingness with itself.” ~ Gangaji

9. “Fear is about survival. When you drop under that and experience the fear without trying to change it, just letting it be, then it becomes still. When you open your heart to fear, rather than trying to fight it or deny it or even overcome it, then you find it is just energy.” ~ Gangaji

10. “Trust yourself. At the root, at the core, there is pure sanity, pure openness. Don’t trust what you have been taught, what you think, what you believe, what you hope. Deeper than that, trust the silence of your being.” ~ Gangaji

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11. “True forgiveness and love arise naturally, effortlessly, from the silence of the heart broken all the way open.” ~ Gangaji

12. “We have tried everything to get rid of suffering. We have gone everywhere to get rid of suffering. We have bought everything to get rid of it. We have ingested everything to get rid of it. Finally, when one has tried enough, there arises the possibility of spiritual maturity with the willingness to stop the futile attempt to get rid of it and, instead, to actually experience suffering. In that momentous instant, there is the realization of that which is beyond suffering, of that which is untouched by suffering. There is the realization of who one truly is.” ~ Gangaji

13. “If you’re laughing, you’re healing.” ~ Gangaji

14. “When all mental activity around who you think you are or what you need for happiness is stopped, there is a crack in the authority of perception, in the structure of the mind. I invite you to enter through that crack. Come in through that opening. When you do, the mind is no longer filled with its latest self-definition. In that moment, there is only silence. And in that silence, it is possible to recognize absolute fulfilment: the truth of who you are.” ~ Gangaji

15. “Need nothing and then see what happens.” ~ Gangaji

16. “I am inviting you to discover that deeper than any pattern, deeper than personality, deeper than success or failure, deeper than worth or worthlessness, there is a radiance that is undeniable, always present – the truth of who you are.” ~ Gangaji

17. “Meditating is not a matter of saying i am going to meditate. It is, just for a moment retreating from the need to do anything and instead just be.” ~ Gangaji

18. “To be truly happy you must recognize who you are with nothing.” ~ Gangaji

19. “The most sublime truth of all has never been stated or written or sung. Not because it is far away and can not be reached, but because it is so intimately close, closer than anything that can be spoken. It is alive as the stillness in the core of your being, too close to be described, too close to be objectified, too close to be known in the usual way of knowledge. The truth of who you are is yours already. It is already present.” ~ Gangaji

20. “You are here. However, you imagine yourself to be, you are here. Imagine yourself as a body, you are here. Imagine yourself as God, you are here. Imagine yourself as worthless, superior, nothing at all, you are still here. My suggestion is that you stop all imagining, here.” ~ Gangaji

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21. “You cannot truly express yourself until you first discover who you are.” ~ Gangaji

22. “Pure no-thing-ness is conscious intelligence.” ~ Gangaji

23. “Recognize, you ARE Home. Not, you are ‘at home’… you ARE Home. Not, you have ‘come home’… you ARE Home. You are that which IS Home.” ~ Gangaji

24. “Self is not liberated. It was never bound. What gets liberated are the demons as well as gods of your mind. Set them free. You are sick of playing with the game. Be willing to not play the game. This takes huge resolve.” ~ Gangaji

25. “I’m a student of history and know that civilizations get lost – they are born and die – and so I recognize the tender mortality of our civilization. I’m not saying I’m separate from the despair of that, but I’m not controlled by the despair of that.” ~ Gangaji

26. “The secret gem of truth has been hidden in the core of your own heart all along. My invitation is to stop all movement of your mind away from truth so that you can discover directly, for yourself, this jewel that is alive within you.” ~ Gangaji

27. “If you are willing to experience anything directly and immediately, whether good or bad, joyous or hateful, you will recognize that what you are running from does not exist, and what you are running toward is already here.” ~ Gangaji

28. “The word God, to me, is like the word enlightenment. It’s become so corrupted by our ideas of what God is.” ~ Gangaji

29. “Fulfilment has nothing to do with circumstances.” ~ Gangaji

30. “Who you are, in truth, who everyone is, is whole and perfect and beautiful. And if that can be recognized, then it is possible that self-torture can stop!” ~ Gangaji

31. “I could see that everything I had identified as really me, was not really me, but was just a pattern of strategies to avoid some kind of abyss or emptiness.” ~ Gangaji

32. “You cannot be happy unless you are serving the truth of your being, however, that service looks.” ~ Gangaji

33. “In a sacred moment, when attention is pulled inward, rather than continuing in its usual outward direction, silence is realized.” ~ Gangaji

34. “Whatever we embrace eventually reveals the place we have been seeking.” ~ Gangaji

35. “Be naked in the splendor of the truth of who you are.” ~ Gangaji

36. “Finally, all that is trustworthy is this immeasurable silent awareness that is the truth of who you are, that is love.” ~ Gangaji

37. “If you will stop all searching right now and tell the truth to yourself, you will know what is known in the core of your bones.
You will know it with no image of it, no concept of it, no thought of it.
You will know it as that which has eternally been here.
And you will know it as yourself.” ~ Gangaji

38. “I invite people to just stop and be still. And in that you discover who you are, because once you discover who you are, you can stop fragmenting into pieces. I know that in any one day there are moments were there is nothing going on, but we link up what is happening from thought to thought without any space. We overlook the spaciousness that it is all happening in.” ~ Gangaji

39. “There’s great release, really, in not seeing into the future.” ~ Gangaji

40. “If you are willing to take an instant to withdraw attention from whatever your internal dialogue is, to withdraw energy from whatever the latest point of view about your suffering is, it is immediately obvious what is here: the fullness, the richness, and the love of oneself as conscious life.” ~ Gangaji

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41. “Trusting yourself is realizing yourself. Trusting life is realizing yourself as life. This is an invitation to our thinking minds to open in trust. We can trust that there is a knowing that is out of the realm of thoughts or emotions or circumstances. When we deeply trust, our minds open to discover what is true, regardless of what we are feeling. The deepest trust is a by-product of this true realization.” ~ Gangaji

42. “I’m not suggesting that you have to overcome your fear of death. But we have to be willing to recognize at any moment, death could come.” ~ Gangaji

43. “True, absolute silence and true, absolute love are not different. Absolute silent awareness overflows with simple, fulfilled absolute love. Objects – people, nature, emotions – may or may not appear. Objects are not needed and they are welcomed. The joy of this full silence is uncaused and unlimited. Always here, always discovering itself. It is the treasure, and it is hidden only when we refuse to keep quiet and find out who we are.” ~ Gangaji

44. “You have the freedom, ability and authority to love your life. Just be you, then wait.” ~ Gangaji

45. “What will happen in your life if you accept the invitation to stillness cannot be known … what can be known is you will have a larger capacity to truly meet whatever appears.” ~ Gangaji

46. “Even in the running away from hurting, there is hurting. In opening unprotected to the experience that is enslaving you with its torment, there is the willingness to be free.” Are you willing? Or do you just want towait until the world finally gets it and does it your way?” ~ Gangaji

47. “There is nothing more potent than thought. Deed follows word and word follows thought. And where the thought is mighty and pure, the result is mighty and pure.” ~ Gangaji

48. “All of the searching, all of the struggling, all of the efforting to find your true self is naturally revealed in open, relaxed simplicity.” ~ Gangaji

49. “Safety is knowing that when this particular life form is finished, what it has served remains.” ~ Gangaji

50. “Time is a very useful concept in terms of survival. It’s extraordinary that we can delineate a day into segments so that we can actually look at those segments, examine them, and see what worked and what didn’t’ work. We get very attached to time because it’s a power, this invention of time is very powerful, and we like power.” ~ Gangaji

51. “Surrender all thought, emotion, and circumstance to that which is bigger and deeper.
Surrender your identity. Surrender your suffering to that which is closer than identity,
deeper than suffering. Do you discover victory or defeat in this surrender?” ~ Gangaji

52. “When you are free enough to stop searching for freedom, you recognize that freedom is always here, it’s your nature as timeless presence. That doesn’t mean the circumstances are always free, of course.” ~ Gangaji

53. “Be open. And then the truth follows.” ~ Gangaji

54. “I don’t mean to say that you shouldn’t take care of your body, or want to keep it from dying. But it doesn’t have the same hold as when you totally identify yourself as the body. To recognize the tenderness of mortality, the fragility of your life form and all life forms, including cosmic life forms, is to be humbled in a deep way that is actually enlivening.” ~ Gangaji

55. “I support people if they are called to be active and protesting, resisting, working for restoration or, for more just political conversation. I also support everyone in listening to each other. We’re at a very interesting and disturbing time in terms of our civil discourse. And yet always, in disturbance, things are shook up and that shaking can lead to deeper maturity and a deeper discourse. May it be so.” ~ Gangaji

56. “Fulfilment has nothing to do with circumstances.” ~ Gangaji

57. “The choiceless truth of who you are is revealed to be permanently here permeating everything. Not a thing and not separate from anything.” ~ Gangaji

58. “Revelation is beyond doctrines and belief systems. It is beyond everything imaginable. It is beyond because it is so close. Revelation is more direct than every word, for it arises out of the truth of who you are. This truth is all you have ever longed for, all you have ever needed.” ~ Gangaji

59. “But somehow in identifying myself as the healer, there was still a seed of both self-righteousness and defence from a kind of emptiness.” ~ Gangaji

60. “My responsibility is simply being who I am and not buying into any projection as real. No projection is finally real, but projection does play a very important role.” ~ Gangaji

 

60 Beautiful Gangaji Quotes – Final thoughts

Gangaji offers a unique and transformative invitation to discover what has always been whole and fulfilled, what has always been here, and is in truth, who you already are.

As a teacher and author Gangaji meets with seekers from across the globe and in all walks of life. She shares her direct experience of the essential message she received from her teacher Papaji and offers it to all who want to discover a true and lasting fulfilment. Through her life and words, she powerfully articulates how it is really possible to discover the truth of who you are and be true to that discovery.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years! If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@adam-lawrence.org. I would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

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