I've always been a big fan of Jack Kornfield's work so I thought I'd share 10 of his finest offerings.
1. Letting go is a central theme in spiritual practice, as we see the preciousness and brevity of life.
2. The independence and rebelliousness of our adolescence offer us yet another quality essential to our practice: the insistence that we find out the truth for ourselves, accepting no one's word above our own experience.
3. As we age, having seen many cycles of birth and death, there is a detachment and a wisdom that grows within us.
4. Who am I? who is carrying this body?
5. To see the preciousness of all things, we must bring our full attention to life.
6. Our consciousness contains all these rolls and more, the hero and the lover, the hermit, the dictator, the wise woman and the fool.
7. We can bring an open and respectful attention to the sensations that make up our bodily experience.
8. The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are the moments when we touch one another.
9. It is the place of feeling that binds us or frees us.
10. The real world is beyond our thoughts and ideas; we see it through the net of our desires, divided into pleasure and pain, right and wrong, inner and outer. To see the universe as it is, you must step beyond the net. It is not hard to do, for the net is full of holes.