Quotes for Inspiration and Guidance

Over the years, I have leaned on quotes to guide me through the toughest of times.  I will open my Pinterest app and scroll through various quotes until I find one that speaks to me. Quotes have a way of capturing the essence of what we feel in a simple and profound manner. When we take this time to step away from our thoughts, we gain perspective. These quotes have stood out to me over the years. Some have inspired social media posts and others, entire yoga classes. May these words inspire and guide you along your journey in the same way they have transformed mine.

All you seek is already within you.

I have been a seeker all my life, but I stopped asking the books and the stars, and started listening to the teachings of my soul - Rumi

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. - Rumi

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists. - Japanese Proverb

May all your vibes say, I got this.

I have found that when you love life, life will love you back - Arthur Rubenstein

Where focus goes, energy flows. - Tony Robbins

The highest spiritual practice is self-observation without judgment. - Swami Kripalu

Visualize your highest self, then start showing up as him/her.

May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears - Nelson Mandela

What if, everything you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for?

At some point, you got to let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you - Elizabeth Gilbert

Trust the wait.  Embrace the uncertainty.  Enjoy the beauty of becoming,  When nothing is certain, anything is possible.

Your soul is attracted to people the same way flowers are attracted to the sun, surround yourself only with those who want to see you grow. - pavana

Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you will look back, and realize they were the big things.

If someone is telling you “you can’t” they’re showing you their limits, not yours.

Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything.  Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. - Eckhart Tolle

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results - Albert Einstein

Let every situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be.

The distance between your dreams and reality is called action.

I am learning to let the space between where I am and where I want to be inspire me.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.  Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. - Denis Waitley

Two things define you, your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.

Nothing can dim the light that shines within. - Maya Angelou

To make an end is to make a beginning - T.S. Eliot

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders - Lao Tzu

One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul. - Brigitte Nicole

Wherever you are, be all there. - Jen Elliot

The 3 c’s in life: choice, chance, and change.  You must make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything in life to change.

Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll find peace.”  Spirit says, “Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.” - Marianne Williamson.

We only regret the chances we didn’t take.

Sometimes the easiest way to solve a problem is to stop participating in the problem. - Jonathan Mead

All doubt, despair and fear become insignificant once the intention of life becomes love. - Rumi

When I say be creative, I don’t mean that you should all go and become great painters and great poets.  I simply mean let you life be a painting, let your life be a poem. - Osho

The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships. - T.K.V. Desikachar

Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know - Pema Chodron

It all begins and ends in your mind.  What you give power to, has power over you.

The secret to living is giving. - Tony Robbins

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the Self. - The Bhagavad Gita

I exist as I am, that is enough. - Walt Whitman

A mind that is stretched by new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. - Socrates

Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.

Sometimes what you’re most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.

Your value doesn't decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.

When you forgive, you heal. When you let go, you grow.

If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion.  For your passion will lead you right into your purpose. - T.D. Jakes

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. - Oprah Winfrey

Give every day the change to become the most beautiful day of your life. - Mark Twain

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Sometimes the very thing you are most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; It's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. - Marianne Williamson

May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being, may you walk gently through the world and know it’s beauty all the days of your life. - Apache Blessing

Just for now, without asking how, let yourself sink into stillness. Just for now, lay down the weight you so patiently bear upon your shoulders. Feel the earth receive you, and the infinite expanse of the sky grow even wider as your awareness reaches up to meet it. Just for now, allow a wave of breath to enliven your experience. Breathe out whatever blocks you from the truth. Just for now, be boundless, free, with awakened energy tingling in your hands and feet. Drink in the possibility of being who and what you really are – so fully alive that the world looks different, newly born and vibrant, just for now. - Danna Faulds

Let go of the ways you thought life would unfold; the holding of plans or dreams or expectations. Let it all go. Save your strength to swim with the tide. The choice to fight what is here before you now will only result in struggle, fear, and desperate attempts to flee from the very energy you long for. Let go. Let it all go and flow with the grace that washes through your days whether you received it gently or with all your quills raised to defend against invaders. Take this on faith; the mind may never find the explanations that it seeks, but you will move forward nonetheless. Let go, and the wave’s crest will carry you to unknown shores, beyond your wildest dreams or destinations. Let it all go and find the place of rest and peace, and certain transformation. - Danna Faulds

If you choose to see everything as a miracle, then where you are right now is perfect. There is nowhere to run to; there is nothing else to do except be in this moment and allow what is to be. From that place of radical acceptance, major change can happen. The first step in any transformational experience is acceptance and surrender to the present moment, the way that it is. From that place we have the awareness, humility and power to change what is. - Mastin Kipp

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life. - John Lennon

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