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    The ego, as our familiar sense of self, seems predicated on fear. The fear that we might not make it, that we might not get where we want to go. But deep down there is also a grain of fear that we have nothing to give or nothing to offer. I think that's the ego's justifiable anxiety about its substantiality and existence.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: fear  self  existence  ego  anxiety 
     
    The American culture especially, and Western culture in general, urges us to not only become the best that we can be, but also win against the competition.
    — Roger Housden
    The capacity to become aware of the givens of our existence - such as change - and to actually welcome those as just part of our human experience releases the struggle.
    — Roger Housden
    Most of us make an effort to do and be the best we can be, which leads to a distinction we need to make between the notion of struggle and the notion of effort.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: struggle 
     
    Practice remembrance of the present moment, again and again.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: present  moment 
     
    If you want to know your purpose, look at the unfolding of your life, because that is your gift to the world. It may not look spectacular, but nobody else has the precise life that you do. It's a gift no one else can offer.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: world  gift  precise 
     
    I've come to see that the way my life shows up is actually my purpose.
    — Roger Housden
    When we're fully engaged in the present moment, no matter what we're doing, the question of meaning never seems to arise. It's because we feel fulfilled and that is inherently meaningful.
    — Roger Housden
    I had a classic case of what people call "seeker's disease." That was part of my journey, but now, meaning is like a secret that's revealing itself moment by moment, day by day.
    — Roger Housden
    I certainly spent many years in my early life chasing all over the globe for meaning and purpose. I'd feel like I'd found it, then it would fade away again.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: meaning  year 
     
    If we're trying to get the perfect house, the perfect relationship or the perfect job, it's likely there's some kind of fear driving us beyond the natural wish to improve. It's really the refusal to acknowledge that life - including ourselves - is simply not perfect.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: fear  wishes  job  relationship 
     
    It's the bringing together of knowledge and wisdom that is a great part - perhaps the greatest part - of our life's journey.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: journey  wisdom 
     
    When you die, God and the Angels will hold you accountable for all the pleasures you were allowed in life that you denied yourself.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: pleasure  die  god  angel 
     
    If you allow yourself to fully feel the life you're in - not conceptually, but viscerally in the present moment - then that is inherently meaningful.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: present  moment 
     
    When the heart opens, we forget ourselves and the world pours in.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: heart  world 
     
    Love, like everything else, exists in a spectrum. Love of another, love of the world, love of God, all these loves are really one love in different degrees of light and density.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: world  god 
     
    Be willing to be where you actually are. In my experience, that is the most inherently meaningful experience you can have.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: experience 
     
    To keep faith with life is to experience that everything- everything that comes to us whatever it is- has its place in the puzzle of our existence.
    — Roger Housden
    Day by day, tiny specks of us float away.
    — Roger Housden
    In today's world it is deceptively easy to lose sight of our direction and the things that matter and give us joy. How quickly the days can slip by, the years all gone, and we, at the end of our lives, mourning the life we dreamed of but never lived. Poetry urges us to stand once and for all, and now, in the heart of our own life.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: heart  joy  live  world  gone  poetry  year 
     
    I bring my attention to my hands on the steering wheel and notice how the chatter in my mind begins to fall away as my breathing slows. I'm awake and alive, simply driving the car going where I need to go, on time and in time. A still point of the turning world. With that awareness, I bring my attention into my body, and the body is the doorway to the timeless, because the body is always where we are and always in the present moment.
    — Roger Housden
    The heart, like the grape, is prone to delivering its harvest in the same moment it appears to be crushed.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: heart  moment 
     
    Time, for example, is intimately connected with the goddess Kali, which partly accounts for her destructive nature. Energy - in Einstein's equation, E=MC2 - is personified in India as Shakti in her various guises.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: time  nature  energy  india  example 
     
    When we fall utterly, something gathers us up. But our falling must be without reservation, without expectation, without hope, though not hopeless. You cant plan that kind of falling. When you abandon yourself utterly to life, the river will flow, and the log jam will free. Impossible is another word for grace. Who wouldve thought it, life takes another turn, and you are gathered up into a whole different way of seeing and being.
    — Roger Housden
    I belong on this earth in the way that an oak tree does.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: earth 
     
    The love of someone else is more accessible or more possible if one lives with a sense of loving embrace towards oneself because that extends out into the world.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: live  world  oneself  loving 
     
    This question of love begins and ends with the willingness to be welcoming to one's own experience as a loving action towards oneself. It may be dark, it may be light, it may be joyous, it may be sorrowful, but it's your experience, and therefore, your life. As we have that kind of loving response towards our own life, then life itself in terms of the outside world, begins to feel different.
    — Roger Housden
    People around us change and circumstances change. We can often find ourselves struggling against those things.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: people 
     
    Everything constantly changes.
    — Roger Housden
    Struggle has a natural place in our life, but the fight or flight syndrome is often false struggle. There are times for that but we can have that reaction in areas of our life where it's not successful. Areas that concern existential issues or qualities of life - like meaning or purpose or love. These things actually come to us more as we let go of struggling to achieve them.
    — Roger Housden
    The more we enter our own gifts, the more we feel that sense of proportion. In that sense, I think our life lies in the fulfillment of those potentialities, whatever they may be.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: lies  gift 
     
    Each of us is already special in the sense that nobody has the unique pattern of potentialities that anyone else has.
    — Roger Housden
    When we turn our gaze to the inside, it becomes difficult to locate this familiar sense of self. To overcome that fear we need to feel special in some way.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: fear  self 
     
    I don't think one can run out and try and chase love.
    — Roger Housden
    When we are open to ourselves and our own experience, and therefore, open to the world, then the world can respond.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: world  experience 
     
    We have all had serendipitous moments - the most unlikely meetings out of nowhere - that can happen when we have this quality of deep acceptance towards ourselves.
    — Roger Housden
    Time and the timeless dimension co-exist here, now in this very moment that we're living, this very moment that we're speaking.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: time  living  moment 
     
    Wisdom and knowledge are two different things.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: wisdom 
     
    The body is the doorway to the timeless, because the body is always where we are and always in the present moment.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: present  moment  body 
     
    What's not often in the present moment is the thinking mind.
    — Roger Housden
    tags: present  moment  thinking  mind 
     
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