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Often, to be free means the ability to deal with the realities of one's own situation so as not to be overcome by them.
Howard Thurman (For the Inward Journey)
The longest journey is the journey inward.
Dag Hammarskjöld (Markings)
Meditation is a journey from effort to effortlessness, from activity to stillness, and from stress, anxiety and frustration to a state of peace and tranquillity.
Purnachaitanya (Looking Inward: Meditating to Survive A Changing World)
It is our inward journey that leads us through time – forward or back, seldom in a straight line, most often spiraling. Each of us is moving, changing, with respect to others. As we discover, we remember; remembering, we discover; and most intensely do we experience this when our separate journeys converge. Our living experience at those meeting points is one of the charged dramatic fields of fiction.
Eudora Welty (One Writer's Beginnings)
The inward Journey is about, Finding your own fullness; something that no one else can take away.
Deepak Chopra (God: A Story of Revelation)
But one must remember that they were all men with systems. Freud, monumentally hipped on sex (for which he personally had little use) and almost ignorant of Nature: Adler, reducing almost everything to the will to power: and Jung, certainly the most humane and gentlest of them, and possibly the greatest, but nevertheless the descendant of parsons and professors, and himself a super-parson and a super-professor. all men of extraordinary character, and they devised systems that are forever stamped with that character.… Davey, did you ever think that these three men who were so splendid at understanding others had first to understand themselves? It was from their self-knowledge they spoke. They did not go trustingly to some doctor and follow his lead because they were too lazy or too scared to make the inward journey alone. They dared heroically. And it should never be forgotten that they made the inward journey while they were working like galley-slaves at their daily tasks, considering other people's troubles, raising families, living full lives. They were heroes, in a sense that no space-explorer can be a hero, because they went into the unknown absolutely alone. Was their heroism simply meant to raise a whole new crop of invalids? Why don't you go home and shoulder your yoke, and be a hero too?
Robertson Davies (The Manticore (The Deptford Trilogy, #2))
Most change starts with the simple process of something outside of us altering something inside of us. If you begin the inward journey and start to change your inner world of thoughts and feelings, it should create an improved state of well-being. If you keep repeating the process in meditation, then in time, epigenetic changes should begin to alter your outer presentation—and you become your own placebo.
Joe Dispenza (You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter)
The physical body is not only a temple for our soul, but the means by which we embark on the inward journey toward the core.
B.K.S. Iyengar (Light on Life)
The longest journey Is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, Who has started upon his quest For the source of his being." page 58 The present moment is significant, not as the bridge between past and future, but by reason of its contents, contents which can fill our emptiness and become ours, if we are capable of receiving them." page 62
Dag Hammarskjöld (Markings)
Too many of us move through our lives with our true selves buried below layers of repressed emotion. With so much energy channeled toward sustaining the repression, there is little left over for the deeper questions. The consequences of our evasion are profound. Our stockpiles toxify into a cache of weapons that turn inward against the self: quick fix, long suffering. As Rumi said, “Most people guard against the fire, and so end up in it.” This is the power of then. If we don’t deal with our stuff, it deals with us.
Jeff Brown (Soulshaping: A Journey Of Self Creation)
Being responsible is taking ownership of your life. It means you have taken the first radical step to becoming a complete human being—fully conscious and fully human. In taking responsibility and beginning the journey toward conscious living, you are putting an end to the age-old patterns of assigning blame outward or heavenward. You have begun the greatest adventure life has to offer: the voyage inward.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
when you talk of your journey and of what you have heard and seen, you inwardly desire your own glory in all you do and say." "All
John Bunyan (The Pilgrim's Progress: From This World to That Which Is to Come)
You say tomato and I say shamanistic vision quest that uses an ordeal to lead us inward on a journey of spiritual discovery and eventual synthesis and peace.
Grady Hendrix (The Final Girl Support Group)
One step inward is better than a million outward. Your own small lamp can help you more than a thousand external suns when the night is dark.
The mystery of life doesn’t seem so mysterious if you venture inward and listen to your soul’s voice.
James Van Praagh (Adventures of the Soul: Journeys Through the Physical and Spiritual Dimensions)
much of my confusion and sadness came from being disconnected from myself. the greatest journey i have taken so far is the one where i ended the alienation between me and all that i am, the once where i connected my light and my darkness, where i united what i wanted to know with what i did not want to face. only through this union and truthfulness did i begin to feel at home within my own being.
Yung Pueblo (Inward)
The purpose of a pilgrimage is about setting aside a long period of time in which the only focus is to be the matters of the soul. Many believe a pilgrimage is about going away but it isn’t; it is about coming home. Those who choose to go on pilgrimage have already ventured away from themselves; and now set out in a longing to journey back to who they are. Many a time we believe we must go away from all that is familiar if we are to focus on our inner well-being because we feel it is the only way to escape all that drains and distracts us, allowing us to turn inward and tend to what ails us. Yet we do not need to go to the edges of the earth to learn who we are, only the edges of ourself.
L.M. Browning (Seasons of Contemplation: A Book of Midnight Meditations)
If things seemed challenging, instead of trying to change them physically (which is what I did pre-NDE), I began checking in with my internal world. If I’m stressed, anxious, unhappy, or something similar, I go inward and tend to that first. I sit with myself, walk in nature, or listen to music until I get to a centered place where I feel calm and collected. I noticed that when I do so, my external world also changes, and many of the obstacles just fall away without my actually doing anything.
Anita Moorjani (Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing)
All that you see, see in love, All that you do, do in love, All that you speak, speak in love, All that you be, be in love.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Peace is not a jewel, or a realm to be enforced. It's a deep and unseen journey inwards—quiet, brave, fierce as a thousand suns.
Joanna Hathaway (Southern Sun, Northern Star (Glass Alliance, #3))
Through learning at my later date things I hadn't known, or had escaped or possibly feared realizing, about my parents - and myself - I glimpsed our whole family life as if it were freed of that clock time which spaces us apart so inhibitingly, divides young and old, keeps our living through the same experiences at separate distances. It is our inward journey that leads us through time - forward or back, seldom in a straight line, most often spiraling. Each of us is moving, changing, with respect to others. As we discover, we remember; remembering, we discover; and most intensely do we experience this when our separate journeys converge. Our living experience at those meeting points is one of the charged dramatic fields of fiction.
Eudora Welty (On Writing)
The quest for your Element is really a two-way journey. It is an inward journey to explore what lies within you; it is an outward journey to explore opportunities in the world around you.
Ken Robinson (Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life)
There is a single truth, it filters through different stories and languages because people come from different cultures and speak different languages. And this truth has manifested itself through millennia, in multiple ways. Different people belong to different manifestations of truth. Some people take those manifestations and turn them into religions, or into gathering places or into a system. Others take those manifestations and allow that light to illuminate the paths on their inward journeys. All in all, the only reason why there is strife or hatred in any way, is because of the strife and hatred and intolerance inside of people. Truth does not call for any division or any hatred or intolerance of any kind. In order to love one thing, this does not mean we need to put down another one.
C. JoyBell C.
Being a published author is not just about selling books, or winning awards but it is also about the authors’ own maturity and sensitivity as a person. It is an inward journey, to the contrary.”—Mehreen Ahmed
Mehreen Ahmed
I am not telling you to become cold, I am not telling you to choose aloofness and a detached life. I am telling you these are two aspects. If you want to live your life in its multidimensionality—as matter, as spirit, as body, as soul, as love, as meditation, as outward exploration and inward journey—if you want to live life in its totality, the ingoing breath and the outgoing breath, you need not choose. If you choose you will die. That
Osho (Emotional Wellness: Transforming Fear, Anger, and Jealousy into Creative Energy)
Purpose of life is unknown, and hence way to be is hidden from the eyes of living critters. Who can say if perhaps the schizophrenics are not correct? Mister, they take a brave journey. They turn away from mere things, which one may handle and turn to practical use; they turn inward to meaning. There, the black-night-without-bottom lies, the pit. Who can say if they will return? And if so, what will they be like, having glimpsed meaning? I admire them.
Philip K. Dick (Martian Time-Slip)
These are the two fundamental ways in which the spiritual journey can be approached: you can either go slowly, step-by-step, accepting all natural assistance available to you, or you can ignore all the steps and take the inward leap.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy)
The journey to know the “I” is called inward journey. Whether you are studying galaxies or blackholes or quantum particles, never forget that your purpose is to know the “I”, not what the “I” is seeing. Watch “I” changing its location. When you are eating delicious meal “I” is body. When you are reading book, “I” is mind. Who is watching mind? Another partition of mind. When you keep watching “I”, you will realize that “I” is “nothingness” and it just gets attached things like body or mind.
Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will - whatever we may think. They flower spontaneously out of the demands of our natures - and the best of them lead us not only outwards in space, but inwards as well. Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection....
Lawrence Durrell (Bitter Lemons of Cyprus)
I only had to drop acid once to know that Timothy Leary was right about questioning authority. Motorcycling is like life. There's nothing solid about it. Something not even the asphalt under your tires. Time on a motorcycle is unlike time spent anywhere else. There are moments lost in the landscape, seconds devoted solely to balance, and long stretches spent spiraling inward.
Barbara Schoichet
The things that matter to us are measured by depth. Would you assess your humanity by its pace? When I view myself as a time-sensitive product, valued for what I produce, then I have made depth, extended thought, and the inward journey marginal indulgences.
Peter Block (The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters)
Now you must journey inwards to what you really fear it's inside you... there is no turning back. Your training is nothing. The will is everything. The will to act. If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, you become something else entirely. Are you ready to begin? - Batman Begins
Henry Ducard
Letting go of that will likely spin you inward on a journey examining your old ideas about yourself, where they have come from and where you want to go from here. But that journey - that is one worth having. Because unlike the tales of the joys at the end of the pursuit of perfection, there is peace there. It is within you to find it.
Erin Brown
In the ebb and flow of my life, in years gone by, in moments now, in currents, undertows that almost did me in, someone was there, never let me go. I bathe myself in this love. Because of it I did not get lost in crossroads, curves of the years gone by. No dead-end streets, always an exit! How lucky I am—someone loves me! -Inward Journey
Robert Trabold (Watching the River Flow By: Selected Poems)
Rites–of–passage stories…were cherished in pre–literate societies not only for their entertainment value, but also as mythic tools to prepare young men and women for life’s ordeals. A wealth of such stories can be found marking each major transition in the human life cycle: puberty, marriage, childbirth, menopause, death. Other rites–of–passage, less predictable but equally transformative, include times of sudden change and calamity such as illness and injury, the loss of one’s home, the death of a loved one, etc. These are the times when we wake, like Dante, to find ourselves in a deep, dark wood — an image that in Jungian psychology represents an inward journey. Rites–of–passage tales point to the hidden roads that lead out of the dark again — and remind us that at the end of the journey we’re not the same person as when we started. Ascending from the Netherworld (that grey landscape of illness, grief, depression, or despair), we are ‘twice–born’ in our return to life, carrying seeds — new wisdom, ideas, creativity and fecundity of spirit.
Terri Windling
Your creativity is a reflection of God's creativity in you.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Where there is love there is hope and where there is hope there is light and when there is light there is enlightenment.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
the journey across the great ocean of existence Is a journey inward ever in deeper and deeper and the deeper you get in the more you meet truth
Ram Dass (Be Here Now)
Know thyself, Live thyself, Be thyself, Love thyself Mix Pages , The wind that found ink: A journey of thoughts
T.Lee-Poet (Mix Pages: The Wind That Found Ink: a Journey of Thoughts Volume 1)
I believe that there are two necessary paths enabling us to move toward wisdom: a radical journey inward and a radical journey outward. For
Richard Rohr (What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self)
When we Love ourselves,we love another When we Love another,we love the Divine When we love the Divine,there can be no separation We are all One,no form of harm can be created!
Celeste Hoeden (To Resurrect the True Self: The Spiritual Journey Inward to Awaken the Dormant Inner Self)
There is a humility to the act of the kora, which stands as a corrective to the self-exaltation of the mountaineer’s hunger for an utmost point. Circle and circuit, potentially endless, stand against the symbolic finality of the summit. The pilgrim on the kora contents himself always with looking up and inwards to mystery, where the mountaineer longs to look down and outwards onto knowledge.
Robert Macfarlane (The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot)
Because I had inwardly surrendered each step of the way, no scars were left of my psyche. It had been like writing on water - the impressions only lasted while the events were actually taking place.
Michael A. Singer (The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection)
Joseph Campbell reflects in The Power of Myth that in mythic terms, the first part of any journey of initiation must deal with the death of the old self and the resurrection of the new. Campbell says that the hero, or heroic figure, 'moves not into outer space but into inward space, to the place from which all being comes, into the consciousness that is the source of all things, the kingdom of heaven within. The images are outward, but their reflection is inward.
Syd Field (Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting)
But an authentic relationship with Christ also takes us into the depths — the shadows, the strongholds and the darkness deep within our own souls that must be purged. Surrendering to this inward and downward journey is difficult and painful.
Peter Scazzero (The Emotionally Healthy Church, Expanded Edition: A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives)
St. John Chrysostom said 'Find the door of your heart, you will discover it is the door of the kingdom of God.' So it is inward that we must turn, and not outward - but inward in a very special way. I'm not saying that we must become introspective. I don't mean that we must go inward in the way one does in psychoanalysis or psychology. It is not a journey into my own inwardness, it is a journey through my own self, in order to emerge from the deepest level of self into the place where He is, the point at which God and I meet.
Anthony Bloom (Beginning to Pray)
The season of Lent is the time for us to take a journey; an inward journey. The season of Lent is as the prophet Joel writes, “a time for us to rend our hearts and not our clothing.” It is a time for self-examination; a time to get to know ourselves a little better. Often times for Lent people will give up a favorite food, or some other form of self-sacrifice. These things are all well and good IF they come from the heart, IF they are a true attempt to re-connect with the Spirit inside us. Otherwise, we are simply “rending” our clothes.
Rev. R.J. Hronek (47 Days: A Lenten Devotional and Journaling Guide)
It turns out that no one believes her anyway, and that lack of belief in her festers, infects her through and through—because, in her heart, she wants to be an honest person, and she thought she was. But she is not fully honest with anyone, not even with herself. It turns out she cannot give voice to uncertainty; this is not allowed. She does not need to be told this to know it is true. So she becomes quiet; she continues her journey inward, a journey she will be on for years, alone, unable to share with anyone, not her family, not her friends, not her lover.
Katrin Schumann (The Forgotten Hours)
He understood, too, that they had not necessarily been chosen to succeed, or even to live. But they'd been chosen to find the Holy Grail that was within themselves. And that's what this was always about; the Grail was a phantom and the journey was inward, into their hearts and souls.
Nelson DeMille (The Quest)
So we would say in yoga that the subtle precedes the gross, or spirit precedes matter. But yoga says we must deal with the outer or most manifest first, i.e. legs, arms, spine, eyes, tongue, touch, in order to develop the sensitivity to move inward. This is why asana opens the whole spectrum of yoga’s possibilities. There can be no realization of existential, divine bliss without the support of the soul’s incarnate vehicle, the food-and-water-fed body, from bone to brain. If we can become aware of its limitations and compulsions, we can transcend them. We all possess some awareness of ethical behavior, but in order to pursue yama and niyama at deeper levels, we must cultivate the mind. We need contentment, tranquility, dispassion, and unselfishness, qualities that have to be earned. It is asana that teaches us the physiology of these virtues.
B.K.S. Iyengar (Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom)
Success is directly proportional to one's ability to turn inward. Yoga is a journey that facilitates the process of reaching inward. Deeper you reach within your inner cosmos, greater will be your understanding of and influence in the outer world. It is this understanding and influence that determines the degree of your success.
Vishwas Chavan
how to focus—how to, as we might say these days, “bring it.” Like Hokusai, their lives begin to look like guided missiles. How exactly do they accomplish this? How do you get from where most of us live—the run-of-the-mill split mind—to the gathered mind of a Hokusai? Krishna articulates the principle succinctly: Acting in unity with your purpose itself creates unification. Actions that consciously support dharma have the power to begin to gather our energy. These outward actions, step-by-step, shape us inwardly. Find your dharma and do it. And in the process of doing it, energy begins to gather itself into a laser beam of effectiveness. Krishna quickly adds: Do not worry about the outcome. Success or failure are not your concern. It is better to fail at your own dharma than to succeed at the dharma of another. Your task is only to bring as much life force as you can muster to the execution of your dharma. In this spirit, Chinese Master Guan Yin Tzu wrote: “Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin.
Stephen Cope (The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling)
We think "thought" is a simple thing having no impact, weight, or effect on our mind but isn't every single thing based and built on a thought? Everything today is phenomenal existence exists because it was someone's thought even we are too. We are God's thoughts in existence and in reality, we don't exist. In order to achieve something in life, we just need to improve our thought and I believe that's the secret of thought.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
I now understand that God may very well give us ideas, but often our talent (or lack of it) gets in the way of His musings. But while we cringe inwardly, God smiles and delights in the fact that His children took the time to listen to Him, and tried their best with what He gave them. I think we’re often more interested in the end result than God is. He seems to care more about faith and obedience than how wonderful or talented we are.
Darren Wilson (Filming God: A Journey From Skepticism to Faith)
The journey is in yourself. You travel along the highways of the inner world. Without inner movement it is impossible to bring forth anything. Inner action is introverted sensation. If you will construct mentally a drama which implies that you have realised your objective, then close your eyes and drop your thoughts inward, centering your imagination all the while in the predetermined action and partake in that action, you will become a self-determined being.
Neville Goddard (Awakened Imagination: With linked Table of Contents)
Unhappiness and dissatisfaction with life are common themes in the American culture today. Folks sometimes mistake my meaning when I say, “You have the freedom of choice and the ability to create your best life”, because they all too often rush to drop everything that is weighing them down. They quit the job, ditch the unhappy marriage, cut out negative friends and family, get out of Dodge, etc. I do not advocate such hastiness; in fact, I believe that rash decision-making leads to more problems further down the road. Another unsatisfying job manifests; another unhappy relationship results. These people want a new environment, yet the same negative energy always seems to occupy it. This is because transformation is all about the internal shift, not the external. Any blame placed on outside sources for our unhappiness will forever perpetuate that unhappiness. Pointing the finger is giving away your power of choice and the ability to create our best life. We choose: “That person is making me unhappy” vs. “I make myself happy.” When you are in unhappy times of lack and feelings of separation – great! Sit there and be with it. Find ways to be content with little. Find ways to be happy with your Self. As we reflect on the lives of mystics past and present, it is not the things they possess or the relationships they share that bring them enlightenment – their light is within. The same light can bring us unwavering happiness (joy). Love, Peace, Joy – these three things all come from within and have an unwavering flame – life source – that is not dependent on the conditions of the outside world. This knowing is the power and wisdom that the mystics teach us that we are all capable of achieving. When I say, “You have the freedom of choice and the ability to create your best life”, I am not referring to external conditions; I am referring to the choice you have to look inward and discover the ability to transform the lead of the soul into gold. Transformation is an inner journey of the soul. Why? Because, as we mentioned above, wherever we go, ourselves go with us. Thus, quitting the job, dumping relationships, etc. will not make us happy because we have forgotten the key factor that makes or breaks our happiness: ourselves. When we find, create, and maintain peace, joy, and love within ourselves, we then gain the ability to embrace the external world with the same emotions, perspective, and vibration. This ability is a form of enlightenment. It is the modern man’s enlightenment that transforms an unsatisfying life into one of fulfillment.
Alaric Hutchinson (Living Peace: Essential Teachings for Enriching Life)
One final note here: you’ve probably noticed that whenever I mention serial killers, I always refer to them as “he.” This isn’t just a matter of form or syntactical convenience. For reasons we only partially understand, virtually all multiple killers are male. There’s been a lot of research and speculation into it. Part of it is probably as simple as the fact that people with higher levels of testosterone (i.e., men) tend to be more aggressive than people with lower levels (i.e., women). On a psychological level, our research seems to show that while men from abusive backgrounds often come out of the experience hostile and abusive to others, women from similar backgrounds tend to direct the rage and abusiveness inward and punish themselves rather than others. While a man might kill, hurt, or rape others as a way of dealing with his rage, a woman is more likely to channel it into something that would hurt primarily herself, such as drug or alcohol abuse, prostitution, or suicide attempts. I can’t think of a single case of a woman acting out a sexualized murder on her own. The one exception to this generality, the one place we do occasionally see women involved in multiple murders, is in a hospital or nursing home situation. A woman is unlikely to kill repeatedly with a gun or knife. It does happen with something “clean” like drugs. These often fall into the category of either “mercy homicide,” in which the killer believes he or she is relieving great suffering, or the “hero homicide,” in which the death is the unintentional result of causing the victim distress so he can be revived by the offender, who is then declared a hero. And, of course, we’ve all been horrified by the cases of mothers, such as the highly publicized Susan Smith case in South Carolina, killing their own children. There is generally a particular set of motivations for this most unnatural of all crimes, which we’ll get into later on. But for the most part, the profile of the serial killer or repeat violent offender begins with “male.” Without that designation, my colleagues and I would all be happily out of a job.
John E. Douglas (Journey Into Darkness (Mindhunter #2))
BREATHE Mindful breathing is a basic wonderful pleasure for life. Breathing calms our body and mind to unify our soul within the present moment. Breathing is a supreme gift from Mother Nature, giving universal pranic energy which one guides within. BELIEVE Intentions, wishes and dreams can come true. Not necessarily all at once, but herein lies the splendour of life’s journey. The secret tonic to success is belief and imagination, blended with confidence to open your heart and follow your dreams. BE Savadhyaya is the practice of inward reflection, honest self-observation and learning. Whatever you do, wherever you are, find contentment and simply be there, because that’s exactly where you need to be.
The canyons of our minds and hearts are so deep and so full of mystery that we try at all costs to avoid entering them deeply. We avoid journeying inward because we are too frightened: frightened because we must make that journey alone; frightened because we know it will involve solitude and perseverance; and frightened because we are entering the unknown. Aloneness, suffering, perseverance, the unknown: All these frighten us. Our own depths frighten us! And so we stall, distract ourselves, drug the pain, party and travel, stay busy, try this and that, cling to people and moments, junk up the surface of our lives, and find any and every excuse to avoid being alone and having to face ourselves. We are too frightened to travel inward. But we pay a price for that, a high one: superficiality and shallowness. So long as we avoid the painful journey inward, to the depth of our caverns, we live at the surface.
Ronald Rolheiser (The Restless Heart: Finding Our Spiritual Home in Times of Loneliness)
The Camino points to something more fundamental, to a way of thinking about self and others that looks inward past window-dressing and the usual social identifiers. Pilgrims leave behind professional and social tags when they enter the Camino. Here we're fellow human beings. Period. Often I know only the first name and nationality of people I meet on the trail, sometimes not even that, and with our standard pilgrim attire, we don't offer the usual visual cues to who we are and what we do in life. Yet we affect each other in profound ways. On this level playing field, we talk easily about whatever is on our minds, and the insights from strangers can be surprisingly perceptive. The French pilgrim at Compostelle 2000 (the Paris pilgrim association) was on to something when she told me that the Camino is more than a physical place. It does present breathtaking encounters with the land itself, but it also pushes me to look beyond the physical world.
Katharine B. Soper (Steps Out of Time: One Woman's Journey on the Camino)
I suppose that an American's approach to English literature must always be oblique. We share a language but not a landscape. In order to understand the English classics as adults, we must build up a sort of visual vocabulary from the books we read as children.... I contend that a child brought up on the nursery rhymes and Jacobs' English Fairy Tales can better understand Shakespeare; that a child who has pored over Beatrix Potter can better respond to Wordsworth. Of course it is best if one can find for himself a bank where the wild thyme grows, or discover daffodils growing wild. Failing that, the American child must feed the "inward eye" with the images in the books he reads when young so that he can enter a larger realm when he is older. I am sure I enjoyed the Bronte novels more for having read The Secret Garden first. As I stood on those moors, looking out over that wind-swept landscape I realized that it was Mrs. Burnett who taught me what "wuthering" meant long before I ever got around to reading Wuthering Heights. Epiphany comes at the moment of recognition.
Joan Bodger (How the Heather Looks: A Joyous Journey to the British Sources of Children's Books)
The watcher’s eyes are likely to swivel forward in a sequence of stately turns as the screen’s pixel glows: each quarter-ounce mass of eyeball tugged by six flat muscles, in a glissando slide within the slippery fat lining the orbital cavity. The eye blinks, the widened pupils are in position, and the incoming electromagnetic waves roar in. Ripping through the thin layer of the cornea, they decelerate slightly, with their outermost edges forming a nearly flat plane as they travel inward, carrying the as-yet-undetected signal from the screen deep into the waiting human. The waves continue through the liquid of the aqueous humor and on to the gaping hole of the pupil. The human may have squinted to avoid the glare, but human reflexes work at the rate of slow thousandths of a second and are no match for these racing intruders. The pupil is crossed without obstruction. The stiff lens just below focuses the incoming waves even more, sending them into the inland sea of the jellylike vitreous humor deeper down in the eye. A very few of the incoming electric waves explode against the organic molecules in their way, but most simply whirl through those soft biological barriers and continue straight down, piercing the innermost wrapping of the eyeball, till they reach the end-point of their journey: the fragile, stalklike projection from the living brain known as the retina. And deep inside there, in the dark, barely slowed from their original 670 million mph, the waves splatter into the ancient, moist blood vessels and cell membranes, and something unexpected happens. An electric current switches on.
David Bodanis (Electric Universe: How Electricity Switched on the Modern World)
Society, in which we all live, is corrupt, immoral, aggressive, destructive. This society has been going on in primitive or modified form for thousands of years upon thousands of years, but it is the same pattern being repeated. These are all facts, not opinion or judgment. Facing this enormous crisis, one asks not only what one is to do but also who is responsible, who has brought the chaos, the confusion, the utter misery of humanity. Is the economic crisis, the social crisis, the crisis of war, the building of enormous armaments, the appalling waste, outside of us? Inwardly, psychologically, we are also very confused; there is constant conflict, struggle, pain, anxiety. We are together taking a journey into the whole structure that mankind has created, the disorder that human beings have brought about in this world. There is misery, chaos, confusion outwardly in society; and also inwardly, psychologically, in the psyche, the consciousness, there are pain and struggles. What are you going to do about all this? Turn to leaders, better politicians? This one isn’t good, but the next one will be better; and the next one still better. We keep this game going. We have looked to various so-called spiritual leaders, the whole hierarchy of the Christian world. They are as confused, as uncertain, as we are. If you turn to the psychologists or the psychotherapists, they are confused like you and me. And there are all the ideologies: communist ideologies, Marxist ideologies, philosophical ideologies, the ideologies of the Hindus and the ideologies of those people who have brought Hinduism here, and you have your own ideologies. The whole world is fragmented, broken up, as we are broken up, driven by various urges, reactions, each one wanting to be important, each one acting in his own self-interest. This is actually what is going on in the world, wherever you go.
J. Krishnamurti (Where Can Peace Be Found?)
The experience of anger is often linked to feelings of loss and resentment. This typically takes the form of wanting to get back at someone that has done you wrong. It can also be directed inward so that the individual may no longer experience anger but experiences feelings of depression instead.
Roy C. Rawers (Rediscovering Love: An Intimacy Restoration and Growth Journey Guide)
I have sacrificed my head in his holy court, who had taken me out of ignorance and darkness. From the one who was lost to the light and enlightenment, with his one sight of love I had cut off the head of my ego in total submission.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
If you think awakening is like somebody putting a light ray on the planet earth and we all awaken no! Awakening is inside, insight, in heart, within the soul that awakening is "Aham Brahmasmi - I am divine", So God created man in his own image - Genesis 1:27 inna Llaha khalaqa Adama `ala suratihi. “Allah created the human being in His own image" Ek Onkar Satnam Karta Purakh - There is only one God. His name is true Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is One - Deuteronomy 6:4
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
All this long I could only able to make my soul rich with kindness, love, patience, empathy, wisdom, care, honesty, and sincerity.
Aiyaz Uddin
I" as a person doesn't really exist but "I" as an identity exists because of my self/ego. Take out the person's identity then I don't exist! I am an experience, witness, and observer from within that is my own light and darkness. I am an assembled universe in human form.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
I want to be a cleaner, A person cleaner of his own heart, I want to be a bodyguard, A person guarding his own heart, I want to be a farmer, A farmer farming his own heart, I want to be a carpenter, A person crafting his own heart, I want to be a doctor, A person treating his own heart, I want to be a seeker, A person seeking his own heart, I want to be a perfect human, A person perfecting his own heart.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Before seeking forgiveness with God, have you ever looked down upon yourself as to how many people have you forgiven?! Do with others what you want God to do with you!
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
I have lost my sense of understanding, My intellect has lost all its intel, Looking at you oh beloved, My soul is spellbound.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Women in this stage often begin to feel both desperate and adamant to go on this inward journey, no matter what. And so they do, as they leave one life for another, or one stage of life for another, or sometimes even one lover for no other lover than themselves. Progressing from adolescence to young womanhood, or from married woman to spinster, or from mid-age to older, crossing over the crone line, setting out wounded but with one’s own new value system—that is death and resurgence. Leaving a relationship or the home of one’s parents, leaving behind outmoded values, becoming one’s own person, and sometimes, driving deep into the wildlands because one just must, all these are the fortune of the descent. So off we go down into a different light, under a different sky, with unfamiliar ground beneath our boots. And yet we go vulnerably, for we have no grasping, no holding on to, no clinging to, no knowing—for we have no hands.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés (Women Who Run With The Wolves / If Women Rose Rooted / Wild Power)
the way another woman unfolds into her own space… is her way. and the way you unfold into your own space… is yours. there is nothing about holding another woman back or tearing another woman down that will ever set you free. our journeys are unique and intimate… and our freedom comes from turning inward and putting our energy into the woman we each want to be.
butterflies rising
intrepid outward exploration of the landscape and a revealing inward journey of the self. These are the things that keep me going, the lust for exploration and the quest to better comprehend who I am and what I’m made of.
Dean Karnazes (A Runner's High: My Life in Motion)
The HEALING Journey, that you are about to embark on, is NOT a Burden or a Chore, but a BLESSING. It will be your GREATEST Adventure inward to DISCOVER and CREATE a NEW HEALTHY Life!
Dr. Richard Schulze
In the strictest sense wholeness cannot be a direct objective. We approach or progress toward wholeness by participating in the conversion process. That is our clear and direct objective, participation in the conversion process. And there is something we can do about that. We can begin by embarking upon the journey inward. We can learn to pray. We can learn to pray by first being quiet before God.
Jesse M. Trotter (Christian Wholeness: Spiritual Direction For Today)
The truth is that motherhood is a hero's journey. For most of us it's not a journey outward, to the most fantastic and farthest-flung places, but inward, downward, to the deepest parts of your strength, to the innermost buried core of everything you are made of but didn't know was there.
Jessi Klein (I'll Show Myself Out: Essays On Midlife And Motherhood)
When you are an aware being, you no longer become completely immersed in the events around you. Instead, you remain inwardly aware that you are the one who is experiencing both the events and the corresponding thoughts and emotions. When a thought is created in this state of awareness, instead of getting lost in it, you remain aware that you are the one who is thinking the thought. You are lucid.
Michael A. Singer (The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself)
I may go blind by the sight in this world but not by the side of God in truth, towards truth, and within truth is my journey.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Stand alone with the truth even when no one takes a stand about the truth.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Truth has no color, it is not white, blue, black, brown, red, or yellow. it is straight, clean, and bright. May the light of truth be within all of you
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
The job of the mind is to develop oneself and the job of the heart is to develop others around us. Intellect is wiseness and love is kindness, a pearl of wisdom that shapes you as a person with morals, ethics, values, and character in the eyes of God. Don't be mind become love!
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Life is all about discovering your true self and helping someone discover their true self without consideration, expectation, and returns. And I think that is what life is all about and what is to be a human.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Going inward through meditation was as frightening as being lost in the woods. I was afraid that dark thoughts—guilt, blame, self-pity—would emerge from the shadows of the recesses of my mind where I had pushed them.
Ranjani Rao (Rewriting My Happily Ever After - A Memoir of Divorce and Discovery)
There is an outward journey to travel to better understand the outside world. and an equally significant inward journey to upgrade the depths of our mind, body, and spirit. There’s simultaneously an evolution of the world and an “in”volution of self-growth. New global citizens are conscious of both and always continue to grow.
Freeman Fung (Travel to Transform)
When the seed of love got sprouted in the heart was it the seed or your sight which sprouted my dead heart?
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
I have a person looking out for residence, The person is on the look but the person, of himself, has no evidence, The person has the names of his stay earlier with the province, The person is known for making dead places alive he is a good tenant, The person shares everything that he has who allows him to reside including knowledge, wisdom & experience, The person is, the person of God, looking out for the HEARTS to stay if you are vacant!
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
When the truth gets revealed to a human then he won't care about anything now, When the soul shares its secret then he won't care about the body now, When his heart becomes the court of God then he won't care about any other court now, When he identified himself then he won't care about identifying anything else now, When he and the beloved is in conversation then he won't care about conversing with others now, When he got to know he and the beloved is together then he seeks not anyone else's togetherness now, When love is ascendant on oneself then he won't care about the faith now, When seeker through master sought the one which was once sought then he won't care about heaven now, When the game between my Ego and Love ends than about the ego he won't care about now, When Ego's head is slain then he won't care about the afterlife now, When upon whose call I was here became his now belonging to someone else he won't care now, When beloved thought becomes a part of life than thinking about someone else he won't care now, Aiyaz, After one dies perform his last rights by burying, burning, or drowning in the water he won't care now, When someone reaches in presence of God then he won't care about himself now.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
The day when you get command over your physical vehicle (body) is the day you learn that your vehicle is not just flesh and bones but rather it is an assembly of the physical and metaphysical planes of elements from the cosmos. A human is just not the abode of the soul but also an antenna, channel, and medium to higher dimensions and consciousness.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Everything that we are, everything that will be, and everything that is shall be light. That is what enlightenment is all about.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Personality is not the clothes you wear but the mind you carry, the kindness you have inside, owning a soft clean good heart, pious intentions, excellent calm nature, and a genuinely good soul from within is a proper definition of personality
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Saucha PURITY MEANING Saucha is the first of five healthy disciplines called Niyamas (inner observances). Saucha translates to “purity and cleanliness.” Start scrubbing within! SIGNIFICANCE Purity is the inner cleanse, while cleanliness is the outer representation of that inward clarity. Toxins thicken your veil of ignorance, making your journey to Yoga harder.
Rina Jakubowicz (The Yoga Mind: 52 Essential Principles of Yoga Philosophy to Deepen Your Practice)
Just as plants grow in spirals — following Earth’s rotation, reaching toward the light of the sun, resting in the dark of the night, ebbing and flowing with the pull of the moon — we heal that way too. When we go inward to uncover the root cause of a mental, physical, or emotional challenge and release it, we create space within us and expand outward. Eventually, we grow stronger and are ready to dive inward again. . . deeper this time, to expand further. This journey of depth and expansion goes on and on. Along the way, we might have to revisit pain we thought we’dovercome, only to find there’s another layer of that same trauma yet to be lifted. Raw all over again, we must tend to our wounds and listen to what they have to teach us.
Vanessa Chakour (Awakening Artemis: Deepening Intimacy with the Living Earth and Reclaiming Our Wild Nature)
To be a Christian is to be a traveller. Our situation, say the Greek Fathers, is like that of the Israelite people in the desert of Sinai: we live in tents, not houses, for spiritually we are always on the move. We are on a journey through the inward space of the heart, a journey not measured by the hours of our watch or the days of the calendar, for it is a journey out of time into eternity.
Kallistos Ware (The Orthodox Way)
For Yesterday I was not the one I was, For Today I am what you made me who I am and For Tomorrow I leave it up to you oh God!
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
If I have you as my guiding light, My world within will be bright, Your love dwell within my heart I always pray in fright, I seek your nearness always I want to make my soul delight, If there remain any darkness within me oh my master enlight, Perfect your student in this life before there is a night!
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Thou cleaned thyself inside, Thou sacrificed thy ego inside, Thou purified thy soul inside, Thou made thy heart an altar inside, Thou sacrifice thy identity inside, Thou shall remain truthful insight inside, Thou be the temple resides within thyself is you inside!
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Turn inward: If you're asking 'why', also ask why 'why'? If your power is to question, also question the questioner in you.
Ah, so ye will escort me to my cousin’s then, will ye?” she said in a voice so sweet she was surprised it did not make her teeth ache. “Nay, they willnae,” drawled an all too familiar voice from behind her. Inwardly cursing, Bridget turned to face Cathal. “I have decided ’tis time for me to continue on my journey.” “And ye decided ye had to do it now? Right now? Without most of your belongings?” “Aye. I got to thinking—” “A dangerous thing for a lass to do. Ow!” Jankyn rubbed his stomach where Bridget had just hit him with her sack of belongings, and grinned at her. “Why are ye nay out with the others, howling at the moon?” “At least I am nay dancing beneath it.” He laughed when she blushed. “Ye were watching me?” “I heard ye singing.” “That was so rude.” If he had been drawn by her singing then he could not have seen her naked, Bridget mused, and relaxed. “I had left the camp to seek a few moments of privacy.” Cathal grasped Bridget by the arm, turning her attention back to him. “Why were ye leaving?” Bridget could feel the blunt truth on the tip of her tongue, but could not bring herself to speak it. It was as if she feared that, in speaking the words, the truth could no longer be ignored. That was absurd. She knew the truth. By the way the three men looked at her, they knew she had guessed all their secrets. It made no difference. She simply could not utter the dark, terrifying name aloud. In some odd, twisted way, she was actually concerned about offending them. “I decided I wasnae going to play your game any longer,” she replied. “I was going to my cousin’s.” “Alone? At night?” “Tis the best time for an escape.” But not here, she realized, and inwardly cursed her own stupidity. At Cambrun high noon on a sunny day would have been a better choice. “I have prepared for a visit with Barbara for months. I want to go to court, to see all the fine clothes, and to watch all the courtiers and their ladies. I want to sit down to a feast and listen to all the whispers about who is sinning with whom. I want to hear the minstrels sing and I want to dance with some fine, courtly gentlemon who will tell me all manner of sweet lies about how bonnie I am. I want—” A squeak of surpise and outrage escaped her when Cathal suddenly picked her up and slung her over his shoulder. The soft laughter of Jankyn and Raibeart only added to her anger over being so roughly handled. Bridget dropped her belongings and proceeded to pound her fists against his broad back. Cathal did not even flinch as he continued to take her back to her bedchamber and that, too, increased her fury. Under her breath she cursed him and his stubborness. “Tis nay just me who is blindly stubborn,” muttered Cathal as he entered the bedchamber and kicked the door shut behind him. “Tis ye who refuses to give up this plan to go to court. And for what? To hear empty flatteries and malicious tales?” He paused by the bed. “Undo your cloak.” Even as she blindly obeyed that terse command, Bridget wondered why she did so. Such quick obedience was not in her nature. She growled softly when her cloak was pulled from her and tossed to the floor. Before she could say anything, she was tossed down onto the bed. Her body was still bouncing slightly when Cathal sprawled on top of her, gently but firmly pinning her down. Bridget scowled at him, more angry than afraid, and tried not to let the beauty of his face distract her. She had a right to be angry and she would hold fast to that feeling no matter how warm and itchy he made her feel. “Ye are staying here,” Cathal said. “I am going to woo ye and then we will be married.” “Oh! What arrogance! Ye may woo me, but that doesnae necessarily mean ye will win me.” Bridget
Hannah Howell (The Eternal Highlander (McNachton Vampires, #1))
Only when we discover that the pain of being the way we are is greater than the pain of trying to change will we put forth the effort necessary to make significant progress on our inward journey.
Matthew Flickstein (The Meditator's Workbook: A Journey to the Center)
I didn’t want to be in charge of my life; I wanted to be free to soar far beyond myself. I began to see this as a great experiment. What would happen to me if I just inwardly surrendered my resistance and let the flow of life be in charge? The rules of the experiment were very simple: If life brought events in front of me, I would treat them as if they came to take me beyond myself. If my personal self complained, I would use each opportunity to simply let him go and surrender to what life was presenting me. This was the birth of what I came to call “the surrender experiment,” and I was totally prepared to see where it would take me.
Mickey A. Singer (The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection)
~ The Foolish Fool ~ I can tell the world I am Good, I can wear religious clothing show the world I am Good, I can pray 5 times prayers to convince people in the world I am Good, I can perform pilgrimage to holy places to be known by others I am Good, I can feed the poor to feed my ego and feel I am Good, I can hide my own sin call, people, sinners behind and become delusional that I am Good, I can wear a sheep mask being a wolf expecting the Shepard to consider that I am Good, I can fool the whole world to believe in me I am Good, But in reality, I fooled myself by proving to people, not God that I am Good.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Let's work today to create a beautiful world for tomorrow, Let's work today to make our world free from the sorrow, Let's work today to save the birds so we hear again the voice of sparrow, Let's work today to uplift ourselves from getting our minds narrow, Let's work today to share with each other so we shouldn't borrow, Let's work today towards righteousness so we stand with no fear in a row, Let's work today towards the truth with truthfulness so that we grow, Let's work today together for the betterment of each other so the grace of God upon us bestow.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
The best education is the education that makes you know reality, the best book is the book that makes you read reality, the best knowledge is the knowledge that makes you realize the reality and the best spiritual master is the master who makes you see reality.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Every one of us has the innate potential to grow ourselves into something we aspire to become in our lives. That calling we hear inside ourselves if we pay close attention to will make you realize your potential and purpose to fulfill your being. We, humans, are seeds that grow over the period of time in our thinking, believing, knowing, and living but when we make God a part of our life then that seed of wisdom grows to the maximum potential yielding more fruitful results. Most of the seeds become trees without fruits or trees with thorns but our least efforts should be to grow flowers of wisdom out of our seed so that the tree which grows flowers shall one day grow fruits too. God is working upon all of us individually but only the one who is sincere, righteous and truthful will be crowned with wisdom and comprehension.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
All spiritual journeys for fallen humanity must begin with contrition (iniibah) and repentance (tawbah). Tawbah is Arabic meaning literally "turning around." We must change the direction of our souls, turn around and face the Divine Reality with our backs to the world. But those who wish to progress upon the path must make this turn- about permanent. Turning one's back to this world means overcoming the vice of the soul's attachment to the multiplicity that surrounds it externally, and therefore the practice of the virtues of detachment, mindfulness, piety, chasteness, and scrupulousness in matters of religion. It means asceticism in the inward and spiritual sense... But in order to advance to higher stations it is necessary to possess the ascetic virtues. It was from the ground of asceticism and fear of God prepared by the early Mesopotamian Sufis that the trees of Sufi love and gnosis grew in later centuries. Likewise, in the case of individuals it is necessary to gain the virtues associated with the station of zuhd and wara' in order to be able to drink the wine of Divine Love and to bathe in the light of illuminative knowledge.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr (The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam's Mystical Tradition)
What is between my soul and you is between us, What is between my heart and you is between us, What is between said and understood is between me and you is between us, What is between is one among two among two is one is between us, What is between silence is loud and between loud is silent is between us, What is between is the law of one and one of the law is love between us, What is between us is love and what is love is in between is between us.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
One cannot genuinely win a person's heart by words but by actions. so, similarly one cannot win anyone by bookish arguments about God but LOVE. In order to represent the truth, one must be true, truthful, and trustworthy with his character, values, ethics, and morals.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Your thought is my existence, my existence is just a thought.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
You might go out to explore the world but if you haven't explored yourself then you have missed the most beautiful exploration one could explore which is exploring your soul.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
A man is just not the body where he lives but rather a man is where his thoughts live. We as humans over time start to live within ourselves and our thoughts.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
What people fear most is death. And though death waits eagerly behind every corner for our time, even so, people are loathe to take unto themselves the journey inward, to explore the passage, and conquer over it. The inner landscape of the self is rarely travelled upon. Indeed, it is a rare soul who seeks for the unseen treasures within. It had become my mission to explore those unchartered realms, for the sake of my own soul, driven by a natural need in me to assist others. Without wasting a moment on fleeting pleasures, which seemingly offer one no consolation or answers, I would lean upon the cane of my faith.
Krishna Rose (Woman in Red: Magdalene Speaks)
Enlightenment is a journey inward that leads to a spiritually divine way of approaching and experiencing the outer world. It is a way of travel more than a landing place.
Jodi Livon
When God sees that you have the potential to undertake an inward journey to reach Him, your outside world starts turning upside down.
The day we start reading nature, the animals, the trees, the birds, and the ones that live in the water. We would understand divine engineering within them and when we would wonder about what has been kept in them we would then wonder about ourselves too and start thinking about ourselves and gets to know the truth about us, our reality, and why we are here for. We would then be knowing wonders within and know the engineer that sits within all of us. That's the start of spirituality the one who knows thyself knows thy god.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
The Sufi Way is to follow the model provided by the Prophet‘s representatives on earth, the saints, who are the shaykhs or the spiritual masters. Once having entered the Way, the disciple begins to undergo a process of inward transformation. If he is among those destined to reach spiritual perfection, he will climb the ascending rungs of a ladder stretching to heaven and beyond; the alchemy of the Way will transmute the base copper of his substance into pure and noble gold. The Truth or „attainment to God“ is not a simple, one-step process. It can be said that this third dimension of Sufi teaching deals with all the inner experiences undergone by the traveler on his journey. It concerns all the „virtues“ (akhlaq) the Sufi must acquire, in keeping with the Prophet‘s saying, „Assume the virtues of God!“ If acquiring virtues means „attaining to God,“ this is because they do not belong to man. The discipline of the Way coupled with God‘s grace and guidance results in a process of purification whereby the veil of human nature is gradually removed from the mirror of the primordial human substance, made in the image of God, or, in the Prophet‘s words, „upon the Form of the All-Merciful.“ Any perfection achieved by man is God‘s perfection reflected within him. (p. 11-12)
William C. Chittick (The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi)
Religion can take you from earth to heaven while spirituality can take you to the creator of heavens and the earth.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
If Today I die I won't regret it, Jewel of faith I have received now death I won't regret it, I don't need any path when I have found my destination now death I won't it, I don't have any expectations nor hope with anything or anyone when I have got LOVE now death I won't regret it, My search for drunk yard has ended I have found a perfect spiritual master now death I won't regret it, Now I don't search God in the books when I am drinking from the eyes now death I won't regret it, To know LOVE I setout myself in the world when I am under the blaze of LOVE now death I won't regret it, What is the need for any external decoration and beautifying things when you are in my HEART now death I won't regret it, Don't ask Aiyaz what is LOVE! Who's LOVER I am He is inside my HEART now death I won't regret it.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
If Today I die I won't regret it, Jewel of faith I have received now death I won't regret it, I don't need any path when I have found my destination now death I won't regret it, I don't have any expectations nor hope with anything or anyone when I have got LOVE now death I won't regret it, My search for drunk yard has ended I have found a perfect spiritual master now death I won't regret it, Now I don't search God in the books when I am drinking from the eyes now death I won't regret it, To know LOVE I setout myself in the world when I am under the blaze of LOVE now death I won't regret it, What is the need for any external decoration and beautifying things when you are in my HEART now death I won't regret it, Don't ask Aiyaz what is LOVE! Who's LOVER I am He is inside my HEART now death I won't regret it.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
But that was one of the best nights of my life, because it was the start of my self-love journey. It forced me to go inward, to make my peace with who I am, and ultimately, to fall in love. With myself.
Radhika Sanghani (30 Things I Love about Myself)
The best education is the education that makes you know reality, the best book is the book that makes you read reality, the best knowledge is the knowledge that makes you realize the reality and the best person is the person who makes you see reality.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
The Earth is a testing ground for every one of us including the most prominent and of the most eminent ones. A place where we find duality in everything including how we see it and how it actually is in reality. Similarly, the duality concept is in people you see and meet who are either good, bad, or people who have two faces, one that they show and one that they are within. One is the duality of the personalities we veil through ourselves and another is the duality of the soul within. Whether are you a soul having fire within or are you a soul having light within and whichever you feed the most becomes your abode within and hereafter. You are both, your heaven and hell, fire and light, and finally, love or hate within. And our creator wants us to purify ourselves of the fire within and become light by being on the side of truth within and outside, righteousness within and outside, and pious within and outside, and finally sincere within and outside. Creator loves the one who has one tongue, one thing which is in the heart and which is on the tongue. The thing you are within is outside and the thing outside is within so you become successful. Like Rocky has said: “The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward." The matter is not that you have truth with you but the question is are you truthful?!. The truth will only set you free when you are truthful within yourself.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
We are an illusion we don't exist in reality, we are now the very experience. We are nowhere to be found in the past and we are nowhere in the future. If we are an experience experiencing illusion reality what experience God wants us to experience is our quest in this life to find out.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
The majority of us focus entirely on the outer aspect of purity, we want everything related to God to be clean and pure but we fail to purify and clean our inner being that is our heart. The innermost chamber of a human being, the residence of God in every believer which we need to clean and purify. Once it is cleansed of the dirt the entire ocean of love resides within there for you to explore between you and God.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Illumination, transformation, & characterization of an individual only develops with the glance of the perfect spiritual master. Otherwise, we are pushing ourselves into the deeper darkness which leads to an even darker self and corruption of the soul. When you are in the companionship of the perfect master, with his light all your inner darkness washes away. It's a process after which you attain contentment and your heart becomes capable of receiving divine light. Not before but after you have got initiated on the path towards enlightenment. You become light, an epitome of love and a body that emits God's light from the heart. Now that you have received light, you become a representative of light to others and whoever passes by you observes it. A perfect spiritual master is like a magnet filled with divine energy, having an ability to attract and produce the same quality as a magnet in steel attracts. One who submits himself on this path towards love of and for god, Get this divine light within. There is no other way!
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
If you are at the top, or at the position of authority or you are at the position to make or break something of yours or others. Remember doing good is a choice so is helping people in a way that makes them grow or helps them heal. Such a way that the wound is healed for which people remember you forever! On a road to life, one must ride with humility, empathy, and try to be a part of people's success, healing, or growth story. The world already has the negative so let's now change the way the world has handed over to us and heal what is wounded, repair what is broken, and attach with what is detached.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
The people of the world are astonished by technology, inventions, innovations, and development but are ignorant of the powerful ability of the mind to visualize, comprehend and manifest. We always wondered about things outside of us but not what is within ourselves.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Ever since I have found you, Left everything and I flocked around you, Ever since I have seen you, Forgotten everything every time I saw you, Ever since I have listened to you, Stopped listening to anything other than you, Ever since I have met you, The world around me vanished except you!
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
My friends and dear ones are in search for me in me, Except your name I have emptied myself from everything!
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
It will be alright. Ideas are like flies, they always turn up. The world is a strange place. Writing is like a jigsaw, you start with the edges and then work inwards. Go with the flow. Just write, you can edit it later. Writing is all about exploring to see what you can do. Be proud...any achievement is great. The process and the journey is long, but the view is worth it. The Days will look after themselves...afterall yesterday is the tomorrow you was worried about tomorrow.
Andee Harry
When looking inward, you can know the whole story. When it comes to others, there are huge gaps. There's too much about individual journey and motivation and resources and progress that we don't and can't know. Even if you do have insight (such as "healthy" competition with a colleague or teammate) there's still so much that simply doesn't correlate directly.
Adam J. Kurtz (You Are Here (for Now): A Guide to Finding Your Way)
Knowledge separates illusions created by the mind.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Christ wants us to alter our attitude toward ourselves and take sides with Him against our own self-evaluation. In the summer of 1992, I took a significant step on my inward journey. For twenty days I lived in a remote cabin in the Colorado Rockies and made a retreat, combining therapy, silence, and solitude. Early each morning, I met with a psychologist who guided me in awakening repressed memories and feelings from childhood. The remainder of each day I spent alone in the cabin without television, radio, or reading material of any kind. As the days passed, I realized that I had not been able to feel anything since I was eight years old. A traumatic experience with my mother at that time shut down my memory for the next nine years and my feelings for the next five decades. When I was eight, the impostor, or false self, was born as a defense against pain. The impostor within whispered, Brennan, don’t ever be your real self anymore, because nobody likes you as you are. Invent a new self that everybody will admire and nobody will know. So I became a good boy—polite, well mannered, unobtrusive, and deferential. I studied hard, scored excellent grades, won a scholarship in high school, and was stalked every waking moment by the terror of abandonment and the sense that nobody was there for me.
Brennan Manning (Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging)
The goodness we see in others is the goodness we have within, we see as we are and we are as we see.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Love is a flower that grows in the garden of the heart.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
A Sufi's heart is a lamp of fire burning in god's love.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
There is a barren land inside of you sprout it because that is where God resides within you.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
I am a mechanic, I repair and service hearts, I am a diversity certified, I repair and service every color heart, I am God's authorized dealer, I repair and service chosen hearts, I am equal heart treatment service provider, I repair and service every human hearts, I am a restorer, I clean dents, rusts, blockages and dead hearts, I am the ignitor, I put the spark of light within the hearts, I am too was dead heart once, Found a divine channel partner, Who repaired my dead heart, I am now the franchise owner of that shop that repairs those hearts.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Are you the thinking, Are you the thinker, Are you the thought? Are you the caller, Are you the calling, Are you the called? Are you the flute, Are you the sound of the flute, Are you the fluter? Are you the shapeless, Are you the shape, Are you the shaper? Are you the house, Are you the tenant, Are you the house owner? Are you the inspiration, Are you the one who is inspired, Are you the inspiring ? Are you the clay, Are you the pot, Are you the potter? Are you the one, Are you the one who is high, Are you the one who is I?
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
The soul becomes the thought it dwells in.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
There is a door within you waiting to be opened.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Then,” said the second instructor, “it’s time that you learned the Outward Bound motto.” “Oh, keen,” I thought. “I’m about to die, and she’s going to give me a motto!” But then she shouted ten words I hope never to forget, words whose impact and meaning I can still feel: “If you can’t get out of it, get into it!” I had long believed in the concept of “the word become flesh” but until that moment I had not experienced it. My teacher spoke words so compelling that they bypassed my mind, went into my flesh, and animated my legs and feet. No helicopter would come to rescue me; the instructor on the cliff would not pull me up with the rope; there was no parachute in my backpack to float me to the ground. There was no way out of my dilemma except to get into it—so my feet started to move and in a few minutes I made it safely down. Why would anyone want to embark on the daunting inner journey about which Annie Dillard writes? Because there is no way out of one’s inner life, so one had better get into it. On the inward and downward spiritual journey, the only way out is in and through.
Parker J. Palmer (Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation)
Our hero's journey combines two arcs: the inward arc involving leaving home, slaying the demon, and gaining insight into selflessness, and the outward arc involving finding the treasure of compassion and returning home with the elixir. (p. 205)
Miles Neale (Gradual Awakening: The Tibetan Buddhist Path of Becoming Fully Human)
Because looking inward and telling it like it is Is how I carved my own path.
Michele Bell (A Journey of Unconditional Love: A Love Story Between a Mother and Son)
We have been fooled by the people of this world into believing the material life and its luxuries are everlasting while they deviate us from our own self our very own identity, the image of God, the soul the command of the creator BE. The perfect sublime king who created all of us in perfection in his likeliness.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
Today we are not the same as yesterday and tomorrow we will not be the same as today.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
what you read is what you reflect, resonate, and resemble.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
The idle mind is a house of the devil, Idle nations religious wars, Ideal heart returning towards God, Ideal nation repenting and fearful of God.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
A Sufi's heart is a lamp of fire burning in god's love.
Aiyaz Uddin (The Inward Journey)
The fairy-tale journey may look like an outward trek across plains and mountains, through castles and forests, but the actual movement is inward, into the lands of the soul.7
Timothy Paul Jones (Finding God in a Galaxy Far, Far Away: A Spiritual Exploration of the Star Wars Saga)
The most important journey, is the voyage inward.
Joey de Alvare
Air, water, earth, fire Are just energy Just like your body is But Heart Intelligence is something else Be brave and journey inward to find out.
Gabriel Iqbal
Part of me was shocked that he assaulted me while I spoke of Holy God! Hadn’t he heard anything I’d said? But as Ezekiel 12:2 says, “You are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people” (NIV). From the earliest moments of my Christian life I had experienced Jesus answering my prayers. I wholeheartedly believed Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (NIV). I cried out to the Lord inwardly. Help me! At that moment my attacker’s hand clamped over my mouth. But God filled me with supernatural strength like that possessed by David when he fought the giant Goliath: David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1 Samuel 17:45 NIV Just as David was able to defeat his giant with only his hands and five stones, I fought back with a might that was not mine.
Samaa Habib (Face to Face with Jesus: A Former Muslim's Extraordinary Journey to Heaven and Encounter with the God of Love)
Packer often reminds us that the Christian life is more than merely a physical journey from the cradle to the grave. It is also, and more importantly, an inner spiritual journey into the knowledge of God and Christ. Moreover, it is a journey that requires we steer a careful course “between two opposite extremes of disaster. On the one hand, there is the legalistic hypocrisy of pharisaism (God-serving outward actions proceeding from self-serving inward motives), and on the other hand, there is the antinomian idiocy that rattles on about love and liberty, forgetting that the God-given law remains the standard of the God-honoring life.”2
Sam Storms (Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit)
When you journey inwardly exploring yourself, a sense of personal trust begins.
David Walton Earle
The late Dag Hammarskjöld, once the secretary general of the United Nations, suggested that we have become adept at exploring outer space, but we have not developed similar skills in exploring our own personal inner spaces. He wrote, “The longest journey of any person is the journey inward.”4 Most of us feel much more equipped to manipulate objects, control situations, and “do” things than to take that very long journey inward. Painful Honesty
Peter Scazzero (The Emotionally Healthy Church, Expanded Edition: A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives)
Richard Grierson smiles, but it’s an inward-pointing smile, a smile of someone folding himself back up for storage in the colorful corners of his own crayon fantasies. She looks at the books, their titles hazy with a thin film of sawdust, and she looks at the toy ships built for imaginary journeys along the red dotted lines of a child’s map, and she looks at the exotic pictures in the books still open flat before her, and she understands that these places are just places of the mind, and she wants to be able to exalt his wild dreams and imaginings along with her own—but there’s something about them that make them feel like the saddest thing she’s ever seen.
Alden Bell (The Reapers Are the Angels (Reapers, #1))
Meeting God Within When people succeed in coming home to themselves and glimpsing their own inner beauty, something amazing happens: they are blessed with a real compassion for who they themselves are, in all their vulnerability. This compassion, in turn, carves out a space where they can welcome God into their hearts. It is as if they must first become aware of the marvel of themselves, and only then are they ready to get in touch with the wonder of God. Their new relationship with themselves ushers in a nourishing friendship with the One who has always been calling them. This journey inward does not take place overnight. Although the heart is only fifteen inches from the head, it can take us years to arrive at our emotional core. I used to imagine that God didn’t particularly like the world because it wasn’t spiritual enough. Only later it dawned on me that God had created the world in love, and had passionately left clues to this fact everywhere. The persons and events of my daily life were already signs of God. Had I paid compassionate attention to my longings and my joys, I would have heard in them the symphony of God’s own infinite joy. God was intimately involved in my life, but I was sadly ignorant of the riches inside me. To find God, I did not have to leave the world, but to come home to it—and to myself—and God would be there, waiting for me.
The Irish Jesuits (The Irish Province of the Society of Jesus) (Sacred Space: The Prayer Book 2015)
When you choose to look inward, you are choosing to go where no man has gone before, because only you have access to this terrain. It is a journey that brings with it new discoveries each and every day.
Debra K. Fileta (True Love Dates: Your Indispensable Guide to Finding the Love of your Life)
Life's Journeys Inward seeking moves towards being-time Outward seeking journies among life's ornaments
Earl R Smith II PhD
True freedom is moving beyond all clinging and attachments, whether mystical or mundane. It is not a moving beyond enjoyment of either, just releasing the tendency to make demands or have expectations regarding one’s experience.
Bonnie L. Greenwell (The Kundalini Guide: A Companion For the Inward Journey (Companions For the Inward Journey Book 1))
He brings down the haughty, you know, even when the haughty are his own, and he raises those who are low. His power can look like weakness, and his weakness is limitless strength. So we cast down our idols, even the ones that look like God. We turn ever to the old truths, to the Word, to the sacraments, to a journey of good abandonments, the inward journey. The ascent of the mountain is our business. Attention is our business. The speaking? Well, that is the Spirit’s business, and who can say how his voice will come to any one of us?
Paul J. Pastor (The Face of the Deep: Exploring the Mysterious Person of the Holy Spirit)
This is our awakening to the Feminine, if we will take it. It shows us that the hero’s journey is not our journey. Ours is the heroine’s journey, a spiral journey of inner and outer discovery of our innermost selves and our source of Feminine power. We travel inwards, into dark and unknown terrains, finding our way through to the other side by discovering an inner flame to light our way. As we travel further on we realise that this inner flame is the goal we have been seeking, the guide and ourselves are one and the same, and furthermore the light and the darkness are two parts of the same whole.
Lucy H. Pearce (Burning Woman)
The spiritual path is an inward journey. On the spiritual path, the external life remains the same, but you begin the inward journey towards the truth.
Roshan Sharma
Joy is inward, it is generated inside. It is not found outside and brought in. It is for those who accept the world as it is, part good, part bad, and who identify with the good by adding a little island of serenity to it. Hermann
Robert K. Greenleaf (Servant Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness)
She looks down at her bleeding cuticles, the dry, ragged skin of her fingertips, and she says what she believes to be true: nothing escaped her. It turns out that no one believes her anyway, and that lack of belief in her festers, infects her through and through—because, in her heart, she wants to be an honest person, and she thought she was. But she is not fully honest with anyone, not even with herself. It turns out she cannot give voice to uncertainty; this is not allowed. She does not need to be told this to know it is true. So she becomes quiet; she continues her journey inward, a journey she will be on for years, alone, unable to share with anyone, not her family, not her friends, not her lover.
Katrin Schumann (The Forgotten Hours)
The 6th chakra, between the eyebrows. While it is easy to move kundalini into the heart, yogis say it requires long and strenuous practice to bring it into ajna chakra, or the third eye, as it is called in esoteric literature.  Meditators often report feeling a throbbing in the forehead when ajna is stimulated. People who do long meditations on this chakra often become ungrounded and disoriented, as if slightly out-of-body, and their thinking can feel cloudy.  They may become attached to glimpses of other realms and come to believe that is the goal of awakening.   Once pierced, this chakra produces much of the light and vision phenomena described by mystics.  It is also the point where ego identification can shift, sometimes in a great explosion.
Bonnie L. Greenwell (The Kundalini Guide: A Companion For the Inward Journey (Companions For the Inward Journey Book 1))
It is freedom of the spirit which consists in the independence of thought from restrictions of authoritarian and social prejudices as well as from unphilosophical routinizing and habit in general. This inward freedom is an infrequent gift of nature and a worthy objective for the individual. Yet the community can do much to further this achievement, too, at least by not interfering with its development (Einstein, 1984, p. 13).
Micah R. Sadigh (Existential Journey: Viktor Frankl & Leo Tolstoy on Suffering, Death, and the Search for Meaning)
A few rare people are plunged into cosmic consciousness at the first arising of kundalini energy.  But more often it begins as a shaking or vibrating that may feel either gentle or harsh, perhaps bringing fear or perhaps bringing bliss, or even both at once.  Sometimes it seems to hit one hard in the gut, or cause an eruption in the heart, or gagging in the throat. It can feel like a rush of sexual energy, or a whole-body orgasm. It can feel like flashes of light or heat.  Whatever it does, you notice something unfamiliar is happening to you, and if you have never heard of the connection between energy and spirituality you are likely to be
Bonnie L. Greenwell (The Kundalini Guide: A Companion For the Inward Journey (Companions For the Inward Journey Book 1))
And like Vera, I know that "truth lies beyond." I know that faith - like chastity, like intimacy, like the journey to the self - is an ongoing process. Yes, we do walk the labyrinth to the center of every greater knowledge of ourselves as we do in books like Gordimer's. We may also learn from them, as Vera learned, that no single human relationship can fulfill us, draw a small circle around who we are or can be. Others, alas, are as limited, as frail - and as mortal - as we are. We will be compelled, somehow, to leave the center we have found, and continue on our journey. For, self-transcending beings that we are, it is not the center that symbolizes our true selves but the entire labyrinth. If we are courageous enough not to give up on life, on human relationships, or on ourselves - as we surmise from the tone of the last passage is the case with Vera - we will walk it many times, inward and outward, each time going more deeply within, each time reaching out in a wider embrace. And we will have, thanks to the writers among us, not a single book - no single book can satisfy us, either - but many books to accompany us like intimate friends at each stage of the journey, to lead us yet closer to the truth that, as long as we live, lies beyond.
Nancy M. Malone (Walking a Literary Labyrinth)
He was very bright, with a brain twice the size and weight of a pumpkin. I found him attractive and at the same time he frightened me. I was jealous of his IQ and the way in which he could use the traditionally masculine language of the political intelligentsia to win any argument, and to produce an impenetrable aura of dominance and power around him. He saw any entry into the morbid internal landscape as the realm of the female. He saw it as counter-productive. Of course, then I understood — anything that smacked of mental struggle, any confession of weakness that might be termed ‘indulgence’ was bourgeois, reactionary, anti-political. Maybe this was why (and I had seen this so often, and marvelled at it, puzzled over it) many politically oriented men — that is, rational, clever, articulate, intellectual, competent, dedicated, revolutionary, verbally aggressive men — found it so difficult to face, or come to terms with, or admit, their own sexism. Because it involved the painful self-indulgence of turning inward, of recognizing in oneself the enemy.
Robyn Davidson (Tracks: One Woman's Journey Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback)
As we make the journey inward with our people, we will come to the next challenge to our compassion: those inner community members who have actively bought harm to the young ones inside. This is such tender territory, a place where we need to acknowledge the suffering our people have sustained without demonizing and alienating the ones who bought it, for they are now part of the ones in our care as well. This can be radical inclusiveness at its most healing, widening our joined windows of tolerance to truly accept every part.
Bonnie Badenoch (The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships)
Passion is the journey inward.. Purpose is the journey overcoming the fear.. Know Freedom and Leave Your Legend.
Jonathan Bailey
A caravan of people were traveling from village to village through the deserts of Rajasthan. Since it was close to sunset, they decided to pitch their tent before the cold night set in. As the men got busy, tying their camels with a rope, they realized that they were short of just one peg and a rope. They were worried about losing their camel in the night and so decided to go to the village headman to seek a solution. The village sarpanch was a wise and intelligent man. The travelers approached him with their problem, “Sir, we are here to ask you for a solution to our problem.” The headman listened to their problem and said, “Go near the camel and pretend as if you are tying it down.” Although they had their doubts, the travelers did just as they were told. To their surprise, the next morning, the camel was right there. He had not moved an inch, forget about going anywhere. They untied the other camels and tents to move on with their journey. But this one wouldn’t move. Fearing something was wrong with him, they went back to the village head. “Did you untie the camel?” asked the village head. “Sir, we had not tied it in the first place.” The headman said, “My dear fellows, that’s what you know. The camel still believes that you had tied him. You pretended to tie him, now pretend to untie him!” The travelers went back to the camel and pretended to untie the rope and remove the peg. They were a picture of amazement seeing the camel get up and move on as if nothing had happened at all. In his own way, the village head had shown the travelers that the rope and peg were just an illusion which the camel thought to be real. In the same way, all of us are bound by our thoughts, which are actually not real but appear to be so. We are conditioned in that direction and are thus unable to experience complete freedom. If we assume that we are born in a middle class family and therefore will remain middle class all our lives, then the ‘middle class’ label will tie us up forever and will not allow us to explore further horizons. If you simply look inward, into your own life, you will see how much you have been conditioned. The realization of being conditioned is the first step towards breaking free from the artificial chains, which are but an illusion. Break free from all the limitations and conditioning that limit you.
Suresh Padmanabhan (I Love Money)
Since God lives in the heart, I was not to seek some Being way up in the sky . . . my journey to God was not outward, but inward! The only way to get closer to God was to become ordered enough inside to enable me to experience him within. When our emotions are running loose, and our minds are confused . . . and our imagination is working overtime, there's so much internal noise that we can't hear the still voice of God. So many times over my years as a mother I had felt tired, overwhelmed, and worn out So often I felt I couldn't get any personal space to think, what with the continual onslaught of "Mummy! Mummy!" coming from the children, or the work that I hadn't finished staring me in the face. I needed quiet time alone.
Holly Pierlot
Inwardly - nobody knows why - the passengers on one train always envy slightly the passengers on another train; it is something that's true but a little difficult to explain. Maybe it's because, even though they don't realize it very clearly, a third-class passenger would always be glad to change places with another, even if the other were third-class too. ― Camilo José Cela, Journey to the Alcarria: Travels Through the Spanish Countryside
Camilo José Cela (Journey to the Alcarria: Travels through the Spanish Countryside)
William James said, “You cannot travel without until you have travelled within.” Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” People who discover their sweet spot are people who take the inward journey and examine themselves. They make the choice to live until they die.
Scott M. Fay (Discover Your Sweet Spot: The 7 Steps to Create a Life of Success and Significance)
I start to turn inwards, withdrawing my senses, blocking out all the external stimuli, blind to everything but the narrow stretch of road immediately ahead within my gaze. I focus on moving forwards, riding on the rhythm of my breath. The world and all of time has been distilled down into this one moment. Now. Nothing else exists. Nothing else matters. All that there ever was, and all that there ever will be, is embraced by this one moment and my struggle to keep moving through it. The focus is absolute. It dissociates me from the rest of my journey. I am locked deep within my effort, right there in my moment of struggle.
Lizzy Hawker (Runner: The Memoir of an Accidental Ultra-Marathon Champion)
I do not know whether meditation and other inward journeys perfect the human soul. But I do know that believing that rays come out of your head and change the physical world, and that by thinking only of success you can become a success, are forms of psychosis and cannot be recommended as approaches to management or strategy. All analysis starts with the consideration of what may happen, including unwelcome events. I would not care to fly in an aircraft designed by people who focused only on an image of a flying airplane and never considered modes of failure.
Richard P. Rumelt (Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters)
Pilgrimage is an ancient practice in need of modern discovery-a physical, emotional and spiritual journey that goes inward, upward and outward. We live in an age that sees people drowning in questions, searching for answers and starved for purpose. Pilgrimage is a spiritual practice that reminds us of our sacred purpose-to grow closer to God. Whether we choose to believe it, we are all on a journey The trail winds and wiggles through this world, often obscured from view, but life's deepest questions are answered along its gravel.
Christian Timothy George (Sacred Travels: Recovering the Ancient Practice of Pilgrimage)
Communion with God precedes community with others and ministry in the world,” said Nouwen. “Once the inward journey has begun, we can move outwardly from solitude to community and ministry.
Michelle DeRusha (True You: Letting Go of Your False Self to Uncover the Person God Created)
It may be beneficial for mind and conscious development to “Be in this world, but remember we are not of this world”. This is a journey of self-discovery that is traveled and experienced by going inward to the source of consciousness.
Steve Leasock (Simplicity of Life: Why Does Being Human Complicate Everything?)
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow men. That is the pattern of the myth, and that is the pattern of these fantasies of the psyche. Now it was Dr Perry's thesis in his paper that in certain cases the best thing is to let the schizophrenic process run its course, not to abort the psychosis by administering shock treatments and the like, but, on the contrary, to help the process of disintegration and reintegration along. However, if a doctor is to be helpful in this way, he has to understand the image language of mythology. He has himself to understand what the fragmentary signs and signals signify that his patient, totally out of touch with rationally oriented manners of thought and communication, is trying to bring forth in order to establish some kind of contact. Interpreted from this point of view, a schizophrenic breakdown is an inward and backward journey to recover something missed or lost, and to restore, thereby, a vital balance. So let the voyager go. He has tipped over and is sinking, perhaps drowning; yet, as in the old legend of Gilgamesh and his long, deep dive to the bottom of the cosmic sea to pluck the watercress of immortality, there is the one green value of his life down there. Don't cut him off from it: help him through.
Joseph Campbell (Myths to Live By)
There stands upon the horizon a new figure of self yet to be unfolded that one must...honor. All of this will be the same, but it will look and feel different upon one’s return—it is important to know this now. One can stand upon a ridge high above the valley, upon a formation of jutting rocks and look over the precipice of what one has known. Even in its multitude of permutations, all looks familiar: the mountains, the fields, the skies—all of it connected to one’s eyes as though by invisible threads. The idea of breaking free from them is now rather troubling. Do those threads have the tensility to endure the stretch of a journey? Will these specters of recognition remain immutable and intact and hitched to the undulating satchel through one’s peregrinations to yet unseen territories, or do these delicate snares snap, relegating these identities only to the wake, sequestered in their purity even from one’s keenest reminiscence? Irrespective of the case, one should assume there to be a reconstitution of both identifier and identified over this inexorable trek—the unyielding essence of each layered, nevertheless, by the sediment of accumulating circumstance until there exists an uncertainty when they meet again. The landscape of then is a petrified visage—the organic layers of tree barks are supplanted by crystalized molds of mineral simulacrum, grass stalks of ages ago have dried and yellowed, autumn blossoms breathe new scents unaware of previous aromas whose places they now occupy, ambling figures have crumbled to bone whistles stacked in cylinders in muted sarcophagi with their predecessors. Faces meet landscapes—there is a vague recognition between the overlapping partners, an attempt at translation to identify elements once apprehended, but inevitably no solution is available in the moment that can bridge pristine artifacts with reconfigured forms.
Ashim Shanker (Inward and Toward (Migrations, #3))
Raging inwardly I go on climbing, dragging my brute after me, punctuating my 'Khaidas' --come on-- with every curse I have ever known, in every language. Not yet being acquainted with Arabic, exceedingly helpful in such cases I am told, German-Swiss seems at the moment endowed with remarkable properties.
Ella Maillart (Turkestan Solo: A Journey Through Central Asia)
The inner bonding approach can be the greatest catalyst to heal your wounded self and discover the best version of yourself because it is an inward journey to acquaint with the higher dimension of your spiritual existence where the entire Universe exists.
Dhiraj Kumar Raj (Attracting A Specific Person: How to Use the Law of Attraction to Manifest a Specific Person, Get Back Your Ex and Manifest a Vibrant Relationship.)
There were all these maddening permutations of what could be that were not to be ignored….Yet, there was also a stunning beauty to all of this that was so profound that one could not help but love every facet of every conceivability, whether realized or beyond reach. There was so much to capture even in stillness that was akin to grasping at grains of sand so fine as to elude the grip—it was all so intricate, so overwhelming and so rapid, and nothing ever ceased in its glorious transformation…There was an exhilaration in being engrossed in the details that evaded capture and in being oneself ensconced in constant flux so as to surrender without recourse to what was to come…There is no instance that ever becomes the destination, no circumstance the definitive possibility, and one, for that very fact, could scarcely help but be filled with a heartening love for all of creation…The Moment, after all, was Always and thus there was no ‘before,’ no instance preceding the instance.
Ashim Shanker (Inward and Toward (Migrations, #3))
Travel is just as much a journey inward as it is a journey out. As we soar the skies and sail the waters and crack the virgin soils of the earth, we too delve into our own caverns, peek around the corners of our dreams, tremble before our fire-breathing terrors, axe to splinters our biases and judgments and beliefs, and discover the uncharted wonders of our psyches and our hearts.
Yousef Alqamoussi (Chapter One: Costa Rica)
If you go outward, it is an endless journey. If you turn inward, it is just one moment.
Sadhguru (Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy)
From language to no-language is the journey and certainly every master has to use lies to attract you, to make you aware of your mindlessness, your stupidity. That's why I tell you to relish this very moment, and when you squeeze out the juice of every moment, then you will realize that there is nothing worthy in this world, then for the first time you start turning IN-wards, not otherwise!” 
Ramana Pemmaraju
But he came from people who survived by keeping their heads down, and he journeyed inward. He wanted to give his people a voice, but in another way, a quieter way, a way he hoped would still count.
Ariel Sabar (My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq)
It is part of love's growth towards higher levels and inward purification that it now seeks to become definitive, and it does so in a twofold sense: both in the sense of exclusivity (this particular person alone) and in the sense of being “for ever”. Love embraces the whole of existence in each of its dimensions, including the dimension of time. It could hardly be otherwise, since its promise looks towards its definitive goal: love looks to the eternal. Love is indeed “ecstasy”, not in the sense of a moment of intoxication, but rather as a journey, an ongoing exodus out of the closed inward-looking self towards its liberation through self-giving, and thus towards authentic self-discovery and indeed the discovery of God
Pope Benedict XVI
There is a kaleidoscope of beauty we can meet within us when we truly sit with ourselves.......whatever our external circumstance is,we have this precious gems within waiting to be utilized.Instead of discounting all the beauty we are, we can start opening up to it and make it a reality,activate it in various ways,be creative when we have a glimpse of it.That's how we can start breaking the barriers down from our hearts that blocks us from truly living fearlessly and kindly and nobly.
Celeste Hoeden (To Resurrect the True Self: The Spiritual Journey Inward to Awaken the Dormant Inner Self)
Our spiritual journey is always a journey inward. The outward journey in life is just to show you yourself as reflected in the faces and places you visit.
Donald Lee (The Band Director's Lessons About Life:: Volume 1 - 50 Parables on Life's Performance Cycle)
Wicca is an inward journey as much as it is outward.
Anujj Elviis
I do not know whether meditation and other inward journeys perfect the human soul. But I do know that believing that rays come out of your head and change the physical world, and that by thinking only of success you can become a success, are forms of psychosis and cannot be recommended as approaches to management or strategy.
Richard P. Rumelt (Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters)
Instead of a primary ministry of compassion for the few surviving members, they would need to focus on telling the good news of Jesus Christ in their community. Instead of preaching the Scriptures as a source of comfort to the faithful remnant, they would need to proclaim God's call for the remnant to spread the gospel to those in their community who were poor in spirit as well as in fact. Instead of taking care of their own, they would need to reach out to others. In stead of seeking consolation for themselves, they would need to make a radical commitment to live faithfully as missionaries in a hurting world that needed desperately to experience God's love and salvation." Over the next few years the church reorganized its life around small groups that were committed to an "inward journey" of spiritual practices and an "outward journey" o fa specific missional engagement. "The focus isn't on success as much as it is on building up and reaching out, inward and outward spiritual growth, lives lived in faithfulness to Jesus Christ in the midst of a non- Christian culture.
Mark Lau Branson (Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities)
too many people wait too long to begin the inward journey of learning who they are, what the meaning of life might be for them, the value of relationships and of spirituality.
David Kuhl (What Dying People Want: Practical Wisdom For The End Of Life)
A journey inward may end in defeat For life as we know it was made by machines
Mechina - Impact Proxy
Think of the labyrinth’s journey as having the following parts for a complete experience. To start, an intention is set with an open mind and heart. The walk inward to the center is dedicated to shedding whatever is unnecessary. While inside, the center’s mysterious and intuitive qualities can create the opportunity to receive whatever insights are ready to be revealed. Returning after being in the center (centered) is the next step. This is a time for further reflection and for taking the revitalizing gifts discovered along the way back into your life. The possibilities are endless and might include healing, self-understanding, and clarity. Upon returning, feelings of renewal and revitalization are often felt.
Julie T. Lusk (Yoga Nidra for Complete Relaxation and Stress Relief)