1001 meditations by Mike George
The forward Vista–“When I look into the future, I see a vista of challenge and resolution. I venture forth with strength, hope and faith.” Modern Affirmation
Begin with ease–“Easy is right. Begin right and you are easy. Continue easy and you are right.” Chuang-Tzul ( c.360-286 BCE)
A recipe–“Start with what you know. Mature according to nature. Let destiny so the rest.” Chuang Tzul ( C. 360-286 BCE)
Becoming the path–“You cannot tread the path before you become the path yourself.” Zen saying
Seeking–“So not seek to follow in the footsteps of the ancient ones, seek what they sought.” Basho (1644-94)
Commitment to the path–“I will choose my path wisely, from all the options available. I will follow my path unwavering.” Modern Affirmation
Ways not taken–the way that you take is yours alone, and therefore loved. Learn to love the ways of others, so that you love for yourself does not eclipse your love for them.
Radar of the Spirit–“My intuition is the sensitive radar of the spirit with its aid it can fly at true course through any storm.” Modern Affirmation
Rising Glory–“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” Confucius (551-479 BCE)
Path to peace–“the well-worn path is comfortable and easy, but leads nowhere. The less traveled path is stony and hard, but will bring me to peace.” Modern Affirmation
Raindrops–“The raindrops pattern on the basho leaf, but these are not tears of grief, this is only the anguish of him who is listening to them.” Eastern saying
Adaption–“A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains is.” Chinese Proverb
The edge of the forest–“On the edge of the forest live joyfully, without desire.” The Buddha ( c. 563- c. 460 BCE)
Imperfections–“I do not seek perfection-only to do the best that I can. If others do better, I will admire them without envy while trying to do better myself.” Modern Affirmation
Self-rule–“No one outside myself can rule my inwardly. Knowing this I become wholly free.” Modern Affirmation
To the lighthouse–“I am lighthouse rather that lifeboat. I do not rescue, but instead help others to find their own way to shore, guiding them by my example.” Modern Affirmation
The shadow of happiness–“I resolve to speak and act with a pure mind. When I do, happiness follows as my shadow.” Modern Affirmation
Prepare and maintain–“What is well-planted will not be torn up. What is well-kept will not escape.” Lao Tzu ( c. 604-531 BCE)
The path of fire–the Chinese philosopher Confucius tells us that “to see is right and not to do it is want of courage.” So walk bravely on the path of fire. Take action where action is called for, even at the risk of burning your feet.
Fearlessness–“I have only to believe that I have no fear, and all my fear will melt away. I have only to believe in myself, and all my obstacles will lose their threat.” Modern Affirmation
Moving through darkness–during times of darkness in our lives, we often feel lost and afraid. To find a way through these feelings, imagine that you are running through a dark forest. You pause and take several deep breaths. As you do so you notice a clearing ahead. You enter the clearing and rest there for a moment. Then you spot a path leading out of the clearing. You follow the path until finally you emerge into the sunlight.
The image–lack of self-respect warps the mirror. “I will walk away from this distorted image of myself before the illusion becomes part of my landscape. I am whole and unique.” Modern Affirmation
By lamplight–“You must be lamps into yourself.” The Buddha ( C. 563- C. 460 BCE)
Self-knowledge–“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” Lao Tzu ( C. 604- 531 BCE)
The truth about myself–“TO be a good friend to myself I will, without harshness, see the truth about myself, no matter how different or beautiful this truth may be.” Modern Affirmation
Travel light–the Buddha said that on life’s journey some gather wisdom, some gather stones and sone gather nothing. To gather wisdom you must follow your own path. If you rely solely on wise teachers their wisdom may weigh you down, like stones in your pocket, and impede your way.
Wisdom within–“compose yourself in stillness, draw your attention inward and devote your mind to the self. The wisdom you seek lies within. Bhagovad Gita (1st and 2nd century)
Inside, outside–“outside the room gain knowledge, inside the room gain wisdom.” Chuang Tzu ( c. 369-286 BCE)
Heart wisdom–“The heart that feels things deeply has wisdom. And wisdom as profound as that gives rise to virtue.” Chuang Tzu ( C. 369-286 BCE)
First principles–“Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.” Confucius ( c. 551-479 BCE)
A singular voice in a choir of many–“I am a glorious, gifted creature, part of all creation yet unlike any other. I appreciate my special talents and singular voice.” Modern Affirmation
The mulberry leaf–“with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.” Chinese proverb
Inner mastery–“be master of mind, rather than mastered by mind.” Eastern saying
Moments of clarity–“if moment by moment you can keep your mind clear, then nothing will confuse you.” Sheng Yen ( B. 1931)
The still pool–“Give your thoughts a chance to settle down. Then feel your mind clear like a still forest pool.” The Buddha ( c. 563- c. 460 BCE)
Ocean depths–“Like an ocean wave, my emotions come and go, but the depth of my being remains unchanging, eternal.” Modern Affirmation
Healing temple– Visualize a place that you find healing- perhaps your childhood bedroom or a beloved holiday resort. Visit this place in your mind to comfort you when you are sick.
Loaves and lilies–“when you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.” Chinese proverb
A flower garden–“If family minds love one another, the home will be a beautiful flower garden.” The Buddha ( c. 563- C. 460 BCE)
Harmony in the home–“if there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.” Chinese Proverb
Faith–when we lose faith in ourselves, it is our friends who carry it for us until we have strength to hold it for ourselves.
Think before you speak–“Before you speak, ask yourself-is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?” Shirdi Sai Baba (1865-1918)
Defeat the dragon–if you feel plagued by worry, close your eyes and visualize it in the form of a dragon. Imagine pursing the dragon with a sword. Battle with it heroically until it retreats into its lair. Empowered by your ability to drive away worry, you now feel ready to tackle the cause of the dragon’s wrath-the source of your concern.
Planting trees–“one generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.” Chinese proverb
The three candles–“three candles dispel the darkness: truth, knowledge and the ways of nature.” Chinese proverb
The dragon–the Chinese dragon symbolizes joy, energy and health, and is often depicted as the guardian of spiritual wisdom. Meditate on this fabulous creature. Watch light play on the patterns of its hide, reach out to touch its glittering scales. Feel the energy of spirit in each rumbling breath.
Yin and Yang–the ancient Chinese Yin-Yang symbol conveys the idea of fundamental unity within all creation, based on a dynamic interplay between complementary opposites. Hold in your mind the meaning of the symbolism: Yin is female, dark, receptive and passive; Yang is masculine, bright, expansive and active. Both are essential to our experience. Only through the interplay of difference can distinctions be made.
World flow–“Whoever holds in their mind the great image of oneness, the world will come to them..in safety, oneness and peace.” Lao Tzu ( c. 604-531 BCE)