Quotes of the Day 20080115

“There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.” — Buddha

“Purity of mind and idleness are incompatible.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“The path of least resistance is the path of the loser. ” — H.G. Wells

Take a look at that last quote by H.G. Wells. That is one to ponder. In pursuit of a goal we in the West have a cultural belief that we will meet with resistance along the path to attain that goal. We believe that we must work hard. But what if we exchanged those beliefs to ones of being met with friendly assistance along the path and attainment of the goal with ease? What then? What is we focused on loving kindness, cooperation and ease?

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4 Responses to “Quotes of the Day 20080115”

  1. In the east we also say “That which you resist will persist” . If I look at what H. G. Wells said, then I should say, the easterners are Losers :). I am thinking discretion is key. We need to choose our battles, where we will walk through our resistence and where we will refuse to resist.

  2. @mysoul: I agree wholeheartedly. What we focus on comes about. I read that Mother Teresa would not engage in anti-war rallies, but only peace rallies. Subtle difference, yes? Also, I just read the following in The Mindful Way through Depression:

    When we stop trying to force pleasant feelings,
    they are freer to emerge on their own.
    When we stop trying to resist unpleasant feelings,
    we may find that they can drift away by themselves.
    When we stop trying to make something happen,
    a whole world of fresh and unanticipated
    experiences may become accessible to us.

  3. I read about resistence persisting when I read about Bruce Lee and his philosophy for Jeet kon do technique. He said something to the effect of- We need to flow with the chi like water, so by not resistence you become power.

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