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    The saddest part about being human is not paying attention. Presence is the gift of life.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: human  gift  attention 
     
    Go to the truth beyond the mind. Love is the bridge.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: truth  mind 
     
    Why do so many of us not give ourselves permission to be alive until we are absolutely assured that we will die? ...If we are not in [this present millisecond of life and conscious experience], we are not alive; we are merely thinking our lives. Yet we have seen so many die, looking back over their shoulders at their lives, shaking their heads and muttering in bewilderment, "What was that all about?"
    — Stephen Levine
    Healing comes when we meet our wounded places with compassion.
    — Stephen Levine
    Much thought has at its root a dissatisfaction with what is. Wanting is the urge for the next moment to contain what this moment does not. When there is wanting in the mind, that moment feels incomplete. Wanting is seeing elsewhere. Completeness is being right here.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: thoughts  moment  right  seeing  mind 
     
    You have to remember one life, one death"this one! To enter fully the day, the hour, the moment whether it appears as life or death, whether we catch it on the inbreath or outbreath, requires only a moment, this moment. And along with it all the mindfulness we can muster, and each stage of our ongoing birth, and the confident joy of our inherent luminosity. (24)
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: death  joy  mindfulness  moment  birth 
     
    Your distance from your partner is the distance from your heart. The things that make relationships difficult are some of the most precious aspects to us.
    — Stephen Levine
    Hell is not fire and brimstone, not a place where you are punished for lying or cheating or stealing. Hell is wanting to be something and somewhere different from where you are.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: hell  fire  lying 
     
    Our work is to keep our hearts open in hell.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: work  heart  hell 
     
    Love is not what we become but who we already are
    — Stephen Levine
    Sometimes pain and illness are not meant to be removed. You can't second-guess God. Rather than praying for it to go away, it's often wiser to pray that you learn as much from it as you possibly can.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: pain  illness  god  pray  learn 
     
    Our suffering is caused by holding on to how things might have been, should have been, could have been.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: suffering 
     
    Non-attachment is not the elimination of desire. It is the spaciousness to allow any quality of mind, any thought or feeling, to arise without closing around it, without eliminating the pure witness of being. It is an active receptivity to life.
    — Stephen Levine
    The demons aren't the noise. They are our aversion to the noise...when you can accept discomfort, doing so allows a balance of mind. That surrender, that letting go of wanting anything to be other than it is right in the moment, is what frees us from hell.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: hell  moment  right  balance  demon  mind 
     
    Death is just a change in lifestyles.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: death  lifestyle 
     
    If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call to make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: die 
     
    Letting go of our suffering is the hardest work we will ever do. It is also the most fruitful. To heal means to meet ourselves in a new way - in the newness of each moment where all is possible and nothing is limited to the old.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: work  suffering  moment 
     
    Letting the last breath come. Letting the last breath go. Dissolving, dissolving into vast space, the light body released from its heavier form. A sense of connectedness with all that is, all sense of separation dissolved in the vastness of being. Each breath melting into space as though it were the last.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: body  space 
     
    It is trust in our vast 'don't know' that allows room for the truth, that allows the next intuition to float to the surface.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: truth  trust  intuition 
     
    If there is a single definition of healing it is to enter with mercy and awareness those pains, mental and physical, from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay. (48)
    — Stephen Levine
    When your fear touches someone's pain, it becomes pity, when your love touches someone's pain, it become compassion.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: fear  pain  compassion 
     
    Wanting things to be otherwise is the very essence of suffering. We almost never directly experience what pain is because our reaction to it is so immediate that most of what we call pain is actually our experience of resistance to that phenomenon. And the resistance is usually a good deal more painful than the original sensation.
    — Stephen Levine
    Buddha left a road map, Jesus left a road map, Krishna left a road map, Rand McNally left a road map. But you still have to travel the road yourself
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: travel  jesus  buddha 
     
    When your fear touches someone's pain it becomes pity;when your love touches someone's pain, it becomescompassion. To train in compassion, then, is to knowall beings are the same and suffer in similar ways,to honor all those who suffer, and to know you areneither separate from nor superior to anyone.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: fear  pain  compassion  honor 
     
    The process of growth is, it seems, the art of falling down. Growth is measured by the gentleness and awareness with which we once again pick ourselves up, the lightness with which we dust ourselves off, the openness with which we continue and take the next unknown step, beyond our edge, beyond our holding, into the remarkable mystery of being.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: growth  mystery  process 
     
    When we turn to our innate wisdom for the harmony of mind and gut, we heal the entrance to the heart as it seeks to beat in rhythm with the world.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: heart  world  harmony  wisdom  mind 
     
    [D]etachment means letting go and nonattachment means simply letting be. (95)
    — Stephen Levine
    Acting from the appropriateness of the heart, we are freed from the neediness of the mind.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: heart  mind 
     
    Safety is the most unsafe spiritual path you can take. Safety keeps you numb and dead. People are caught by surprise when it is time to die. They have allowed themselves to live so little.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: time  people  live  die  spiritual  path 
     
    In all serious disease states we find a concomitant low oxygen state... Low oxygen in the body tissues is a sure indicator for disease...Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen in the tissues, is the fundamental cause for all degenerative disease. Oxygen is the source of life to all cells.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: body  fundamental 
     
    Always try to see yourself through God's eyes.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: eyes  god 
     
    Buddha nature, is like the sun which is always shining, always present, though often obscured. We are blocked from our natural light by the clouds of thought and longing and fear; the overcast of the conditioned mind; the hurricane of I am.
    — Stephen Levine
    Loss is the absence of something we were once attached to. Grief is the rope burns left behind, when that which is held is pulled beyond our grasp.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: grief  loss 
     
    [D]on't cling to your self-righteous suffering, let it go. . . . Nothing is too good to be true, let yourself be forgiven. To the degree you insist that you must suffer, you insist on the suffering of others as well. (90)
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: suffering  true 
     
    Letting ourselves be forgiven is one of the most difficult healings we will undertake. And one of the most fruitful. (79)
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: healing 
     
    It is not for the concept, but for the experience, that we use the term the Beloved. The experience of this enormity we falteringly label divine is unconditioned love. Absolute openness, unbounded mercy and compassion. We use this concept, not to name the unnameable vastness of being- our greatest joy- but to acknowledge and claim as our birthright the wonders and healings within.
    — Stephen Levine
    Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me. There is nothing to do but be.
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: peace  earth 
     
    Our life is composed of events and states of mind. How ewe appraise our life from our deathbed will be predicated not only on what came to us in life but how we lived with it. It will not be simply illness or health, riches or poverty, good luck or bad, which ultimately define whether we believe we have had a good life or not, but the quality of our relationship to these situations: the attitudes of our states of mind. (34)
    — Stephen Levine
    We are motivated more by aversion to the unpleasant than by a will toward truth, freedom, or healing. We are constantly attempting to escape our life, to avoid rather than enter our pain we, and we wonder why it is so difficult to be fully alive. (43)
    — Stephen Levine
    tags: truth  freedom  pain  wonder  healing 
     
    People ask what must they become to be loving. The answer is "nothing.' It is a process of letting go of what you thought you had become and allowing your true nature to float to the surface naturally.
    — Stephen Levine
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