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Give up defining yourself — to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence. You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.

Eckhart Tolle (via thecalminside)
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Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger. Instead of getting angry nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.

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To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.

Thich Nhat Hanh (via thecalminside)

I will keep reblogging this whenever I see this! 

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A great nation is like a great man:

When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.

Having realized it, he admits it.

Having admitted it, he corrects it.

He considers those who point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers

Lao Tzu (via thecalminside)
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This is the real secret of life— to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now and instead of calling it work, realize it is play.

Alan Watts (via thecalminside)
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We limit ourselves when we adopt specific identities, and then believe that this is truly who we are and must be.

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'Live in joy,

In love,

Even among those who hate.

Live in joy,

In health,

Even among the afflicted.

Live in joy,

In peace,

Even among the troubled.

Look within.

Be still.

Free from fear and attachment.

Know the sweet joy of the way.

from the Dhammapada (via purplebuddhaproject)
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