by Don Nicol
A few of my original quotes:
A HUNDRED PLUS THOUGHTS AND MEDITATIONS
It is the teaching or the teacher that you follow?
All, except love, is a diversion.
Clinging to other than love is as caustic as suffering ill health
The good thing about being wrong is that you have the opportunity to learn something new.
I am to review my own self rather than the errors I perceive in others.
Take care to be sure there is no impurity in the teaching or the teacher. Love cannot have impurities for if it does it is no longer love.
Concentrate on the spiritual health, for the physical self will pass away.
I need to be loving and caring of self and others whether or not there is a god.
Why have life? Why have love? But there is life. There is love.
I do not need to sit at the feet of a “master”. My only requirement is that I actively love.
The holy grail is love. Fear stops us finding it.
Death is not the final mystery of life, it is the de-mystifying of life which is the revelation of love.
The health of our planet is in human hands. My hands are human.
An unbeliever may believe in love.
Making a business or profiting from godly teaching is abhorrent, especially to god.
To assume that we are the most intelligent on planet earth is more than just debatable if we just stop to consider the state of our planet.
To assume we are the most intelligent in the universe is egotism to the extreme.
Liberate the love within.
When did I last embrace the child within?
When did you last embrace the child within?
I feel therefore I am. I think therefore I am confused.
The one who hesitates is lost. The one who meditates finds self.
It is not for me to try and turn the planet for the planet turns in its own pattern.
As I grow old, there is less time left to lie. The truth lies within.
I dream confusing dreams because I accept confusion.
If I do not accept peace within, then I live in conflict.
Any teaching that defends itself is afraid of attack.
It does not matter to whom I give. It is the act of giving.
Time is here now and home is love and found within.
Does the tree claim a reward for providing shade?
The tree to assure its future must first give flowers, nectar to the bees and fruit. In this way nature decrees that I give before I receive
I do not see without light. I may not live without love.
It is not the task of the wise to bewilder the unwise.
The usefulness of a bottle is in what is not there; perceive differently.
Rescue the child within.
Rescue the child within. Read Peter Pan again!
If not at peace within, how can I be at peace without?
The pathway to peace starts by letting go. Until I release my tether, I am not free.
For this is my birthright, to be at one, with self, others, nature and the universe.
Does the quetzal consider the crow ugly?
We live on a wounded planet. As the tiger is more dangerous when wounded, so nature will react.
We live on a wounded planet. As the tiger is more dangerous when wounded; similarly nature will react.
Does the flower fear the bee?
Power may crush and the crushed feel broken, yet power used with wisdom lifts the trampled.
The outspoken person may be further from the truth.
Is the beauty of a butterfly dimmed when alighting a flower?
I am never sure that I know all the secret passages out of a castle.
Does the eagle feel sorry for the emu because it cannot fly?
Only as I accept love may I be loved.
All will be revealed when all is forgiven.
If I judge someone, I am wrong even if I am right.
As I judge I condemn myself.
Love self, for if I don't I will surely die.
Let not my anger destroy my inheritance.
Concentrate on the spiritual health, for the physical self will pass away.
Any teaching that has to defend itself fears attack.
I am not here to attack or defend, I am here to love.
It is not for me to try and turn the planet: the planet turns in its own pattern.
The food of the planet is love, yet mankind fuels the world with control.
The promise of life is here now, I am free to live and love.
As the flag unites, so it divides.
Nature too has laws to obey and may be gentle or brutal.
As a leaf drops from a tree does it say: Gosh I must look stupid fluttering down like this.
As a leaf drops from a tree does it say: HELP, I am out of control.
As a leaf drops from a tree does it say: Hurray! I am free at last. I have let go!
As a leaf drops from a tree does it say: Yippee, now I may go on my own journey
As a leaf drops from a tree does it say: I am dead. This is the end. There is nothing to support me.
As a leaf drops from a tree does it say: Wow. Isn’t this fun? I am flying!
As a leaf drops from a tree does it say: I am going to crash. Look at the ground rushing up towards me.
Do I spend more time worrying or more time loving?
If likeminded people are gregarious, there is less broadening of the mind.
I may find it difficult to reduce the conflict on our planet, but I am responsible for peace within my own soul.
I may find it difficult to reduce the conflict on our planet, but I am responsible for peace within my own self.
I may find it difficult to reduce the conflict on our planet, but I am responsible for peace within my own being.
The first step to finding peace without is to find peace within.
If I cannot find peace in my own home, my own kitchen, my own inner self, what chance Planet Earth?
I am constantly deceiving myself by putting on masks that hide my real self.
Mankind’s capacity to influence nature will cause nature to respond to maintain balance.
I do not have to live with anyone else but me.
I cannot discover new oceans until I lose sight of the shore. My surrender to love is the beginning of my new journey.
A day in the Kasbah is worth two on the dromedary.
I attempt to control, even after I die, with my last will and testament.
Laziness is difficult to evict.
What if the hereafter is? Then I loved.
What if the hereafter isn’t? Then I loved.
So, just love.
Be peaceful. Accept love.
Yet the elderly die in despair
If the effects of climate change are due to mankind, then we need to do something about it.
If the effects of climate change are not due to mankind, then we need to do something about it.
If there is god, then we are to love one another. If there is no god then we are to love one another. So just love one another.
Wondering whether there is a god is a diversion. So just love self and others.
We all sleep with our secrets.
If you sleep with your secrets, now is the time to let them out into the daylight.
To say "unconditional love" implies that love can have conditions, which is impossible.
Give love a chance.
Believe in miracles, love is their factory.
It is humankind that is out of balance, for nature is always in balance.
Tooth fairy or role model?
Everything is meaningless, except love.
Everything is meaningless, accept love.
At any crossroad in life, always turn in the direction of love.
Life has the ego in it “i”. Love does not. The “i” or ego is replaced with the everlasting circle “o”.
Love has no ego.
Loving self is the only true course unto mankind. This is not selfish. Rather it is loving!
The question is not how difficult a pair of moccasins am I wearing, but how well am I wearing them?
I am scared to love because I am an ego, and to love would mean letting go.
LOVE is: caring, compassion, forgiveness, freedom, giving, grace, hope, humility, kindness, joy, light, peace, truth, wisdom. Forgiveness.
At death does the soul disown you?
At death, is there a choice? Either to move on with the soul or remain with the ego?
One person catches a cold, then another, then another until so many are sniffling and sneezing. Oh how easily it spreads.
One person accepts a little love, and shares it with another then another until so many accept love. Oh how easily it spreads.
Allow the mind to be at peace with the soul.
The soul, by its nature, forgives.
If there is no love, what purpose would there be?
You may win the battle, you may win the war, but neither necessarily achieves peace.
I do not wish to be the guest of fear, I would rather be the guest of love.
It is necessary to move outside your comfort zone to experience new horizons.
If you are not a member of a particular sect or religion, just be totally loving.
If you are a member of a religion or sect, then that sect or religion needs to be totally loving.
It only matters that we forgive ourselves.
The glitter of money easily diffracts the light of love
You are the pilot of your life, fuel yourself with love.
You are the pilot of your life. No one else.
Let your life soar being full of love. Any other cargo is without hope and has no value.
The above are the thoughts and meditations of Don Nicol. The one below is not.
“The bird thinks it is an act of kindness to give a fish a lift into the air.” Rabindranath Tagore 1861-1941.