Carissa's Heart Space, Letters & Opinion

Nuggets of Wisdom for Every Season of Your Life

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Carissa’s Heart Space By Carissa Daniel

I’M sure you’ve probably figured out by now that I absolutely love quotes.

These nuggets of wisdom have the ability to speak to your heart in profound and direct ways. They capture perfectly your thoughts, emotions and feelings in a few sentences.

I’ve been collecting quotes for a number of years and have used them at various points along my journey, to help bring me clarity, hope, encouragement, inspiration and motivation, when needed.

Here are 40 of my top quotes which continue to speak to my heart, mind and spirit in profound and meaningful ways.

I hope they serve you as much as they have and continue to serve me.
1. “The further I wake into this life, the more I realize that God is everywhere and the extraordinary is waiting quietly beneath the skin of all that is ordinary. Light is in both the broken bottle and the diamond, and music is in both the flowing violin and the water dripping from the drainage pipe. Yes, God is under the porch as well as on top of the mountain, and joy is in both the front row and the bleachers, if we are willing to be where we are.” – Mark Nepo

2. “When you think you’ve surrendered, surrender more. You’ll begin to trust in a plan far greater than your own. The Universe will lead you to creative solutions and miraculous experiences. Let go and receive. “- Gabby Bernstein

3. “If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will have come to an end.” – Ajahn Chah

4. “The quieter you become the more you are able to hear.” – Rumi

5. “Walk with your feet on earth but your heart in heaven.” – Don Bosco

6. “I show up and shine my light as far as God sees fit.” – Rebecca Campbell

7. “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” – Zora Neale Hurston

8. “Sometimes, we are so mesmerized by the allure of what could be that we miss out on the beauty of what is.” – Carissa Daniel

9. “If you don’t heal what hurt you, you’ll bleed on people who didn’t cut you.” – Unknown

10. “We have to surrender what we think we know about ourselves in order to find ourselves. It is within this act of complete surrender that we are brought into intimacy with the wild, untamed brilliance of our true nature.” – Sandra Bershad

11. “A true partner or friend is one who encourages you to look deep inside yourself for the beauty and love you’ve been seeking.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

12. “Never love something so much that you can’t let go of it.” – Ginni Rometty

13. “Grasping at things can only yield one of two results: either the thing you are grasping at disappears, or you, yourself, disappear. It is only a matter of which occurs first.” – S.N. Goenka

14. “The best things in life are by-products. They come when they come, as you commit yourself honestly to a process, not when you spend time striving for imagined perfection.” – Zat Rana

15. “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu

16. “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha

17. “I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” – Mark Twain

18. “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” – Marcus Aurelius

19. “If you can solve the problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?” – Shantideva

20. “The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.” – Arnold Bennett

21. “Making a dent in the universe has nothing to do with associating your name with something other people admire or signaling your competence relative to those around you. It’s about carving a piece of yourself into the fabric of reality in a way that gets more and more honest as time goes on.” – Zat Rana

22. “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” – Allan Watts

23. “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” -American Proverb

24. “Don’t let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

25. “Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.” – Amit Ray

26. I’m grateful for where I’ve been, content with where I am and enthusiastic about where I am going.” – Carissa Daniel

27. “If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” – Masaru Emoto

28. “If you clean the floor with love, you have given the world an invisible painting.” – Osho

29. “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” Amit Ray

30. “Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” – James Baraz

31. “In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility.” – Victoria Moran

32. “When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu

33. “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” – Mother Teresa

34. “In the end, just three things matter: how well we have lived, how well we have loved, how well we have learned to let go.” – Jack Kornfield

35. “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” – Unknown

36. “Do every act of your life as though it were the last act of your life.” – Marcus Aurelius

37. “All you really need to do is accept this moment fully. You are then at ease in the here and now and at ease with yourself.” – Eckhart Tolle

38. “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

39. “Love is the elixir for joy and the antidote to pain. Love fuels the fire of our passion. Love lifts us from our limitations to our potential. Love transcends time and space. Love transmutes differences and prejudices. Love heals. Love is the vibration of Spirit, the song of the Universe. Love is the Alpha and the Omega.” – Dr. Shirley Marshall

40. “Look back over your life and begin to analyze where you seemed to experience the biggest breakthroughs and largest growth. It will most often follow times when you have had a challenge or a set-back. For it is during these testing periods that we naturally begin to think outside the box for our solutions. We then get a new view on life from this angle and unthought-of possibilities open up.” – Christine Kloser

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