I know, the title promises much more. But here are three quotes, one by Buddha, one by F. M. Alexander, the great but still relatively unknown teacher of a system of poise and mental/physical balance which resembles Buddhist thinking. The third is a blogger quote I just found, simple, good advice.
Noel Kingsley found this quote by Buddha. Wonderful.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought; it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.
Forward and Up posted this quote by Alexander awhile ago. I love it.
You translate everything,
into muscular tension
– FM Alexander
Let’s face it, we are what we think. Unfortunately, many people believe this means, “we are what we think we are, so act any way you want”.
Of course, this doesn’t mean people should be their own thought police. The key is noticing. The subtle machinations of the mind are far more influential to our quality of life and our actions than we think.
Contrary to popular belief these days, power, appearance and reputation are not the ultimate measure of our worth, though they “get” you things. Virtuous thought and action are still the true measures of a quality person.
With a good foundation of clear self-perception, with awareness of all our thoughts, positive and negative, we can see more clearly who we really are, and improve from the inside out.
One more quote, this time from Buddhist blogger James.
What a difference mindfulness brings to ones state of mind.