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Spiritual Practice Quotes

Spiritual Practice Quotes by Andrew Weil, Gail Bradbrook, Alice Coltrane, Wayne Teasdale, Sathya Sai Baba, Deepak Chopra and many others.

My personal opinion is that the neutral position on the mood spectrum—what I called emotional sea level—is not happiness but rather contentment and the calm acceptance that is the goal of many kinds of spiritual practice.
Andrew Weil
I would support a mass civil disobedience where we take medicine to tell the state that they have absolutely no right to control our consciousness and to define our spiritual practice.
Gail Bradbrook
I believe that meditation is the highest spiritual practice, the pathway to God.
Alice Coltrane
Our compassion is the fruit of our spiritual lives; it actually arises spontaneously when formed by intention in our spiritual practice. Love and compassion are always the goods of the spiritual journey, and they are guided by divine wisdom, which then shapes compassion in the concrete situations of our existence.
Wayne Teasdale
The aim of all spiritual practice is love.
Sathya Sai Baba
When we don’t nourish ourselves with fresh, healthy food, restful sleep, regular exercise, a daily spiritual practice such as meditation or journaling, and other mind-body healing habits, we will inevitably feel tired, out of balance, irritable, and sometimes even depressed.
Deepak Chopra
I’ve always thought of my writing as a spiritual practice. But I think that fiction is the most supernatural kind of writing that you can do – because of the ways that the real and the unreal weave together to create something that feels more true than anything.
Elizabeth Gilbert
The only real protection will come from doing a spiritual practice over a prolonged period of time. Because it retrains us to see the world and ourselves in a different way.
Krishna Das
Spiritual practice . . . involves, on the one hand, acting out of concern for others’ well-being. On the other, it entails transforming ourselves so that we become more readily disposed to do so.
Dalai Lama
Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice
Tantra is the hot blood of spiritual practice. It smashes the taboo against unreasonable happiness; a thunderbolt path, swift, joyful, and fierce. There is no authentic Tantra without profound commitment, discipline, courage, and a sense of wild, foolhardy, fearless abandon.
Chogyam Trungpa
I have a spiritual practice which helps to keep me grounded and centered.
Grace Gealey
Living on purpose is a lifestyle, a way of being and a lifelong spiritual practice that will refine your Soul. This isn’t a 10-day or 30-day plan. This is a lifelong adventure!
Mastin Kipp
In my own spiritual journey, I became a swami on the Hindu path of Bhakti. In the Hindu tradition, a swami is a monk who forgoes regular family life for the purpose of making the whole world his family and channels his full energy into spiritual practice, devotion to God and service to humanity.
Radhanath Swami
All spiritual practices are illusions created by illusionists to escape illusion.
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Ram Dass
Nearly all spiritual practices are based on attention. In fact, whenever you think you have lost the path, or whenever you feel confused by esoteric terminology or technique, remember that all these techniques or teachings are various ways to help you learn to pay attention.
Rick Fields
The deeper you get into Yoga you realize it is a spiritual practice. It’s a journey I’m making. I’m heading that way.
The goal of spiritual practice is full recovery, and the only thing you need to recover from is a fractured sense of self.
Marianne Williamson
People who are meditating every day and involved in a serious spiritual practice don’t usually wake up in the morning and want to rush out to eat a bunch of junk food.
Marianne Williamson
If you can’t fall asleep, learn how to meditate. I would recommend you listen to a beautiful tape called Spiritual Power, Spiritual Practice [Energy Evaluation Meditations For Morning and Evening, 1998]. It was the one that got me out of my writer’s block when I was writing Caramelo. It’s by Carolyn Myss.
Sandra Cisneros
There is no fundamental difference between the preparation for death and the practice of dying, and spiritual practice leading to enlightenment.
Stanislav Grof
It is a wonderful thing if one can use one’s place of work as a place of spiritual practice as well.
Dalai Lama
It is never a good practice to continue to sleep after sunrise. We should not think of staying in bed once we are awake; it increases laziness and dullness. Those who cannot decrease the amount of sleep quickly may do it in gradual stages. Those who do regular spiritual practice do not need much sleep.
Mata Amritanandamayi
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
Marianne Williamson
An honorable spiritual practice recognizes the losses we have suffered, tells our story, and sheds our tears to free us from the past.
Jack Kornfield
You impose limits on your true nature of infinite being. Then you get displeased to be only a limited creature. Then you begin spiritual practices to transcend these non-existing limits. But if your practice itself implies the existence of these limits, how could they allow you to transcend them.
Ramana Maharshi
There is a push and a pull almost like an isometric stretch. Our literal flexibility and our physical, psychological and spiritual practices are more important now than ever to balance the boat.
Brenda Strong
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure about you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
Marianne Williamson
To insist on a spiritual practice that served you in the past is to carry the raft on your back after you have crossed the river.
Gautama Buddha
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Dalai Lama
Human beings will continue to deceive and overpower one another. Basically, everyone exists in the very nature of suffering, so to abuse or mistreat each other is futile. The foundation of all spiritual practice is love. That you practice this well is my only request.
Dalai Lama
People become depressed when they neglect their spiritual practice.
Dharma Mittra
I encourage people to have a daily spiritual practice; that’s the best way to take care of yourself. If you have that daily practice, it means you’re getting divine guidance, and you’re not being guided by your ego or your personality.
Iyanla Vanzant
Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end.
Jiddu Krishnamurti
As I study both the exoteric and the esoteric schools of Buddhism, they maintain that human beings are endowed with Dharma-nature by birth. If this is the case, why did the Buddhas of all ages – undoubtedly in possession of enlightenment – find it necessary to seek enlightenment and engage in spiritual practice?
A simple but radical spiritual practice is to accept whatever arises in the Now, within and without.
Eckhart Tolle
Joseph Campbell, who when asked what spiritual practice he followed said, “I underline books.” Me too.
Eric Weiner
Skillfully engaging in intimate relationships can be one of the most potent spiritual practices.
John Friend
Although natural farming – since it can teach people to cultivate a deep understanding of nature – may lead to spiritual insight, it’s not strictly a spiritual practice.
Masanobu Fukuoka
Children, those who are unmarried should conserve their vital energy by maintaining celibacy. To turn what we gain by this in to ojas (vitality), we also need to do spiritual practice. With increase in ojas, our intelligence, memory, health and beauty will also increase. We will gain lasting mental quietude.
Mata Amritanandamayi
People who meditate and have a good spiritual practice, their immune systems are stronger. Generally, they are happier and healthier.
If you don’t have a spiritual practice in place when times are good, you can’t expect to suddenly develop one during a moment of crisis.
Douglas Coupland
If you think of spiritual practice as unpleasant work – it is not spiritual practice as I know it.
Frederick Lenz
There isn’t anything except your own life that can be used as ground for your spiritual practice. Spiritual practice is your life, twenty-four hours a day.
Pema Chodron
I strove to maintain a spiritual practice, but since I was being pulled in so many directions, I couldn’t seem to stay steady and grounded. I used to get overwhelmed when I thought about everything there was to do, and I was exhausted much of the time.
Brenda Strong
The rise of community among cultures and religious traditions makes possible what we can call ‘interspirituality’: the assimilation of insights, values, and spiritual practices from the various religions and their application to one’s own inner life and development.
Wayne Teasdale
People on a spiritual path – personal growth, spiritual practice, recovery, yoga and so forth – are the last people who should be sitting out the social and political issues of our day.
Marianne Williamson
Try your best not to get distracted from your goal. Let everything you do be your way of getting closer to your enlightenment; never take a vacation from spiritual practice.
Sharon Gannon
When something makes no sense, sometimes you make something of it. A joke. A spiritual practice. A life.
Heather Sellers
Giving up attachment to the world does not mean that you set yourself apart from it. Generating a desire for others to be happy increases your humanity. As you become less attached to the world, you become more humane. As the very purpose of spiritual practice is to help others, you must remain in society.
Dalai Lama
A fully engaged imagination is essential to the spiritual practice of the Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana School, whose artistic tradition is in service of consciousness transformation.
Alex Grey
I know some teachers say that you shouldn’t display the psychic powers and other powers referred to as the siddhas, but as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t really matter. There are no absolute rights or wrongs in spiritual practice
Frederick Lenz
Zen is the fastest method I know of, aside from mysticism, of dissolving the fixations people have about spiritual practice and themselves.
Frederick Lenz
One of the goals of a spiritual practice is self-awareness, and one of the best tools of self-awareness is simple emotional vulnerability.
Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?
Marianne Williamson
Tantra is for the advanced spiritual practitioner who is ready to push aside spiritual practice in the name of spiritual practice.
Frederick Lenz
Building community is to the collective as spiritual practice is to the individual.
Grace Lee Boggs
Shamanism is a kind of universal spiritual practice with indigenous cultures around the world, and one important element of it is taking care of spirits.
Daniel Pinchbeck
It’s really a spiritual practice that I am trying to show as a way of life.
Marshall B. Rosenberg
When we understand clearly that inner peace is the real source of happiness, and how, through spiritual practice, we can experience progressively deeper levels of inner peace, we will develop tremendous enthusiasm to practice
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
A lot of times people do spiritual practice just for themselves. I try to turn that a little bit. I try to make spiritual practice more a part of the community. I write about infusing people with compassion.
Sakyong Mipham
A lot of people have realized that a good spiritual practice and a good meditation practice have real benefit. It’s not just something nice to do to make the universe happy.
Qualities like love and compassion are not just abstract virtues that are the property of saints and adepts. Anyone can develop these qualities in themselves by doing spiritual practices. As the Buddha said, Come and see.
Joanna Macy
I believe joy is a spiritual practice we have to work at.
BrenГ© Brown
Above all, cancer is a spiritual practice that teaches me about faith and resilience.
Kris Carr
Yet I knew that spiritual practice is impossible without great dedication, energy, and commitment.
Jack Kornfield
We can remove the blocks to realizing our Higher Power by experiencing (including living in the Now), remembering, forgiving and surrendering (these five realizations can be viewed as being ultimately the same). Regular spiritual practices help us with this realization. (138)
Charles L. Whitfield
We can bring our spiritual practice into the streets, into our communities, when we see each realm as a temple, as a place to discover that which is sacred.
Jack Kornfield
Along with my spiritual practices of meditation, affirmative prayer, and visioning, what catalyzes my sense of aliveness is putting those practices into action by being of service to others.
Michael Beckwith
The understanding of “evolutionary consciousness” is perhaps the most important thing lacking in spiritual practices today. Evolution means growth and development. This means that there are aspects of reality that have not yet arisen in our consciousness. But they will arise if we grow.
Ken Wilber
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
Marianne Williamson
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
Marianne Williamson
I’ve never seen service as separate from my spiritual practice or my spiritual teaching.
Marianne Williamson
As long as I was breathing with the contractions and not pushing against them, I felt better. That idea is fundamental-to feel pain and not to resist; to go towards it. It is an incredibly spiritual practice.
Christy Turlington
If you spent one-tenth of the time you devoted to distractions like chasing women or making money to spiritual practice, you would be enlightened in a few years.
The nature of the mind is such that if certain mental qualities are developed on a sound basis, they not only remain, but they also increase. In fact, once properly developed, the mind’s good qualities eventually increase indefinitely. Therefore spiritual practice brings us long-term happiness and inner strength.
Dalai Lama
Encountering sufferings will definitely contribute to the elevation of your spiritual practice, provided you are able to transform calamity and misfortune into the path.
Dalai Lama
The person who constantly studies without doing spiritual practice is like the fool who attempts to live in the blueprint of a house.
Mata Amritanandamayi
Spiritual people are not those who engage in certain spiritual practices; they are those who draw their life from a conversational relationship with God.
Dallas Willard
Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.
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Ram Dass
Thirty years of spiritual practice has given me the realization that emotions are based on our perceptions, whether or not they are based on reality.
Michael Beckwith
The way you get more is by having a daily spiritual practice.
Iyanla Vanzant
Giving thanks is a key that opens a door to greater connectedness and greater participation in the life of the world. It is one of the most powerful spiritual practices available to us.
David Spangler
Meditation and spiritual practice are good, but also action. It’s very important to be clear about who you are, and also about your relation to the Earth. Develop yourself according to your own tradition and the call of your heart. But remember to respect differences, and strive for unity.
Carlos Barrios
For me, spiritual practice is a lot closer to art than science.
Liz Williams
Creativity is God’s will for us and should be practiced like any other spiritual practice -a day at a time.
Julia Cameron
I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect.
Dalai Lama
I think having a good yoga practice and a spiritual practice is a recipe for living well and, hopefully, living longer.
Trudie Styler
Inward spiritual practices such as meditation, breathing techniques and self-analysis generate insights and enhance abilities, but none are so useful as learning to live harmoniously in a committed relationship, being a skillful parent, or juggling the demands of daily life.
Dan Millman
The heart of most spiritual practices is simply this: Remember who you are. Remember what you love. Remember what is sacred. Remember what is true. Remember that you will die and that this day is a gift. Remember how you wish to live.
Wayne Muller
If you become obsessive in spiritual practice, if you just try and try, you are not going to be happy. You are going to be obsessive.
Frederick Lenz
Spiritual practice is the capacity to offer your love even when you feel hurt, closed down, tense, angry, misunderstood, or hated.
David Deida
All spiritual practice must be directed to the removal of the husk and the revelation of the kernel.
Sathya Sai Baba
Up to now my involvement in the Tibetan freedom struggle has been part of my spiritual practice, because the issues of the survival of the Buddha Teaching and the freedom of Tibet are very much related. In this particular struggle, there is no problem with many monks and nuns, including myself, joining.
Dalai Lama
Mindfulness is both a state of being and a daily spiritual practice, a form of meditation.
David Richo