“Zen is above all a matter of personal experience. The student is asked to accept nothing the truth of which he cannot demonstrate for himself, with his own mind and body.”
Mike (Pastor/Lawyer): Why’d you want to see me?
Sam (Prisoner): Papa told me you were a spiritual man, and that we need to help each other.
Mike: Help each other? Well ... you’re the one in jail.
Sam: [laughs] Well, there’s all kinds of jails. One of the worst is the prison of wrong thoughts. I was locked up there for many years until I found the key and opened the door.
(from the movie Mountain Top)
“They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you, my only son.”
~ Jor-El, the first Superman movie
“Every wall is a door.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (also, the Kool-Aid Man)
This page contains a list of my favorite “mindfulness reminder” quotes. In particular these are short, concise quotes that I think work well with my “Just Be” mobile app.
Just Be is currently an app for Android users. If you haven’t seen it before, this is what the reminders/notifications look like when you receive them on an Android phone or tablet:
“Intelligence is something we are born with. Thinking is a skill that must be learned.”
“I just want something beautiful, Mo.”
“We all want something beautiful, Willie.”
“What is it about elevators?”
~ Christian Grey
For many years I struggled with how to combine two of my main interests, Zen and work. I had read that the Zen mind is the mind before thinking, so it seemed like Zen and work must be totally unrelated. But over time I came to understand phrases like, “When working, just work.”
This article contains a collection of quotes that have been helpful to me in understanding the relationship between Zen and work. Please note that I don’t wrap each quote in double quotes, and I also try to attribute each quote to the correct author/speaker. If you’re interested in how to combine Zen and work, I hope you’ll find them helpful.
“Books are the training weights of the mind.”