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A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield
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“As we encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention, we discover that one of three things will happen to our new experience: it will go away, it will stay the same, or it will get more intense. whatever happens does not really matter.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“This life is a test-it is only a test.
If it had been an actual life, you would have received further
instructions on where to go and what to do.
Remember, this life is only a test.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
tags: life
“True emptiness is not empty, but contains all things. The mysterious and pregnant void creates and reflects all possibilities. From it arises our individuality, which can be discovered and developed, although never possessed or fixed.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
tags: self
“When the stories of our life no longer bind us, we discover within them something greater. We discover that within the very limitations of form, of our maleness and femaleness, of our parenthood and our childhood, of gravity on the earth and the changing of the seasons, is the freedom and harmony we have sought for so long. Our individual life is an expression of the whole mystery, and in it we can rest in the center of the movement, the center of all worlds.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“We must look at ourselves over and over again in order to learn to love, to discover what has kept our hearts closed, and what it means to allow our hearts to open.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“Let go of the battle. Breathe quietly and let it be. Let your body relax and your heart soften. Open to whatever you experience without fighting.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“In our charade with ourselves we pretend that our war is not really war. We have changed the name of the War Department to the Defense Department and call a whole class of nuclear missiles Peace Keepers!”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
tags: war
“When we let go of our battles and open our heart to things as they are, then we come to rest in the present moment. This is the beginning and the end of spiritual practice. Only in this moment can we discover that which is timeless. Only here can we find the love that we seek. Love in the past is simply memory, and love in the future is fantasy. Only in the reality of the present can we love, can we awaken, can we find peace and understanding and connection with ourselves and the world.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“The unawakened mind tends to make war against the way things are. To follow a path with heart, we must understand the whole process of making war within ourselves and without, how it begins and how it ends. War’s roots are in ignorance. Without understanding we can easily become frightened by life’s fleeting changes, the inevitable losses, disappointments, the insecurity of our aging and death. Misunderstanding leads us to fight against life, running from pain or grasping at security and pleasures that by their nature can never be satisfying.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“When we struggle to change ourselves we, in fact, only continue the patterns of self-judgement and aggression. We keep the war against ourselves alive.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“To open deeply, as genuine spiritual life requires, we need tremendous courage and strength, a kind of warrior spirit.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
tags: life
“We need a warrior’s heart that lets us face our lives directly, our pains and limitations, our joys and possibilities.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
tags: life
“As we follow a genuine path of practice, our sufferings may seem to increase because we no longer hide from them or from ourselves. When we do not follow the old habits of fantasy and escape, we are left facing the actual problems and contradictions of our life.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“We need energy, commitment, and courage not to run from our life nor to cover it over with any philosophy—material or spiritual.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
tags: life
“Yet I knew that spiritual practice is impossible without great dedication, energy, and commitment.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“Where we tended to be judgmental, we became more judgmental of ourselves in our spiritual practice.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“The purpose of a spiritual discipline is to give us a way to stop the war, not by our force of will, but organically, through understanding an gradual training.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“There are many ways up the mountain and each of us must choose a practice that feels true to our heart.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“We need to learn how to honor and use a practice for as long as it serves us.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“In Buddhist practice, the outward and inward aspects of taking the one seat meet on our meditation cushion.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“In this there is no judgment and no blame, for we seek not to perfect the world but to perfect our love for what is on this earth.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“Anger shows us precisely where we are stuck, where our limits are, where we cling to beliefs and fears.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“The unawakened mind tends to make war against the way things are.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
tags: way
“We need to learn how to honor and use a practice for as long as it serves us—which in most cases is a very long time—but to look at it as just that, a vehicle, a raft to help us cross through the waters of doubt, confusion, desire, and fear.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“In sitting on the meditation cushion and assuming the meditation posture, we connect ourselves with the present moment in this body and on this earth.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
tags: life
“To learn to concentrate we must choose a prayer or meditation and follow this path with commitment and steadiness, a willingness to work with our practice day after day, no matter what arises.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“The focusing of attention on the breath is perhaps the most universal of the many hundreds of meditation subjects used worldwide.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“Breathing meditation can quiet the mind, open the body, and develop a great power of concentration.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
“No amount of meditation, yoga, diet, and reflection will make all of our problems go away, but we can transform our difficulties into our practice until little by little they guide us on our way.”
Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

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