Living the mystery

Change will happen when the time is right.
Jenna Dee (1960 – )

I enjoy reading quotations written by people from all walks of life throughout the ages. These brief lines of text convey meaningful messages and have the potential to change the course of people’s lives if their mind is receptive to new ideas.

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw (1814–1885)

No one is more surprised than I to finally understand and actually believe that change can and will happen to anyone prepared to open their mind to new ideas and possibilities.

 The past cannot be changed, forgotten, edited or erased; it can only be accepted.
 Wiz Kahlifa (1987- )

For too long my mind was unwilling to move on from past transgressions and hurts. I was burdened with unrealistic self-imposed responsibilities and fears that impeded my personal growth and freedom.

Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.
Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)

Futile fears invaded my mind for a good part of my life. It is only recently I’ve realised the extent of these unproductive thoughts. I’d hate to tally up the total time I’ve spent worrying about things beyond my control.

I once was lost but now am found
Was blind but now I see.
John Newton (1725-1807)

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama (1935 – )

I thought I understood the concept of the power of the mind but reality is I never truly believed it could be possible,  especially not for me.

For years I was a non-believer (and I’m not talking about religion). I dismissed the validity of stories about people maintaining a positive attitude while facing appalling life circumstances. If it were me I imagined I’d feel angry, defeated or wonder why me.
Now I see.

I’ve learned to be kinder to myself by encouraging all of my efforts and by not beating myself up about mistakes.  Kindness matters, kindness to other people and kindness to ourselves.
Now I see.

Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.
Lao Tzu (570-490 BC)

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Lao Tzu

Eastern philosophies intrigue me. The Asian winds of the east softly blow through my mind providing an infinite source of fascination and empowerment to think and feel differently.

People who follow my blog know I’ve previously mentioned Lao Tzu, Taoism and the Tao Te Ching (The Great Way). This ancient Chinese school of thought has encouraged the elimination of my negative energy and created the harvest of unlimited possibilities. It has literally changed my life.

Tao Te Ching applies timeless wisdoms. The 81 poems convey that life is a beautiful mystery that cannot be explained nor understood.   To be Tao is to be unlimited, undefined or unformed.

The Tao suggests we let the world unfold without attempting to figure it all out, and that letting go of trying to see the mystery allows us to see it. This is a major revelation to someone who has always sought black and white answers.

The variety of interpretation of the Tao is limitless, not only for different people but for the same person over time. It provides personal freedom to grow without rules or structure.

Being able to release my self-imposed boundaries has provided phenomenal relief. Slowly it dawned on me to give myself a break, relax, let go and allow.
I feel like I can breathe again.

Tao Te Ching is spirit not matter. It is inexhaustible energy that flows stronger the more it is drawn upon.

der jen2Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
Lao Tzu

Let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.
Lennon/McCartney (1940 –   )

27 thoughts on “Living the mystery

    1. Thank you for sharing the Gandhi quote ‘Renounce and enjoy”, I love it and it is a great philosophy to adopt. And thank you for re-blogging my post, I am honoured. Love Jenna :)

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  1. Such a beautiful combo of quotes and own thoughts. I agree eastern philosophies like Taoism can change ones life. My life also changed by it. This is why I dedicate my blog to it. :-)
    Taoism is complex but at the same time straight forward. It is ancient but always up to date and universal. It is refinement and elegance…
    When reading Loa Tzu, Chuang Tzu or Lieh Tzu (3 of the greatest Tao-philosophers) I always feel an enourmous inner peace coming into me. It’s amazing to see how these very old texts can keep on touching us in this way.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Love, Virginie

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  2. Jenna, to be in the “gray area” of life is so much better in the long run:-) “Black and White” thinking is not going to make a person happy or help things change…we have to be able to see the ‘gray areas in life”..some how it just gives us balance—wonderful post and I enjoyed all the quotes…each one is wisdom …great post….and it truly is freedom to rid yourself of the past and live in the moment..that is all we really have:-)

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  3. Thank you for sharing these quotes and your reflections on them. I too am discovering how much I can benefit from Eastern ideas. (I need to learn more, as your post reminds me.) Maturity is now looking, to me, like quiet acceptance of life’s ambiguities and obstacles, when our childish reaction is to kick and scream in demand that life give us what we want. There’s really a great freedom in saying, “Let it be” and “Que sera sera.”

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  4. Jenna – you know how much I love quotations…thank you for this great post! I’m so proud of you and your willingness to be a work in progress — you go, girl!!!!!

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  5. Prayers and dreams (interchangeable words), all will be answered , in God’s time,
    only if we work for them. Da Vinci dreamed of submarines and helicopters and although they did not come into fruition in his lifetime he did lay the foundation for things to come. Today, dream of world peace, work for it, just as Gandhi did and although it may not be answered in our lifetime, someone may say someday that you were a pillar upon which peace was built.
    Love, hugs and blessings…ME and the Boss

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  6. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
    Lao Tzu

    I loved all the quotes, but this was my favourite.
    Yup, change is inevitable and our lives in constant motion…

    Great post!

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