A person is a pattern of behavior, of a larger awareness.
A risk-free life is far from being a healthy life.
All of us are living with dogmas that we accept as truths. When one of these is overturned, there’s an initial gasp, soon followed by a rush of exhilaration.
All religions develop, become exclusive, become divisive and quarrelsome.
Although we take it for granted, sanitation is a physical measure that has probably done more to increase human life span than any kind of drug or surgery.
Always go with your passions. Never ask yourself if it’s realistic or not.
And for me anyway, consciousness is three components: a personal component which for lack of a better word we can call the soul. A collective component which is more archetypal and a deeper level, and then a universal domain of consciousness.
But the real secret to lifelong good health is actually the opposite: Let your body take care of you.
Consciousness conceives, governs, constructs, and becomes the activity of the body.
Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.
Every person is a God in embryo. Its only desire is to be born.
Every spiritual tradition has this idea of death and resurrection. It’s not unique to Christianity.
From a scientist’s perspective, to understand everything that you need to know about human beings, you only have to tinker with all the mechanical parts of genes and the brain until there are no more secrets left.
Globalism began as a vision of a world with free trade, shared prosperity, and open borders. These are good, even noble things to aim for.
Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.
Human beings place their desires ahead of the collective good.
I grew up with a lot of Muslim friends, and the whole idea of revelation has been a lifelong interest of mine.
I like Muhammad a lot, because he’s like us more than anybody else. Jesus is just so exalted, and Buddha is just so exalted, it’s almost beyond our reach.
I teach people that no matter what the situation is, no matter how chaotic, no matter how much drama is around you, you can heal by your presence if you just stay within your center.
I think we need the feminine qualities of leadership, which include attention to aesthetics and the environment, nurturing, affection, intuition and the qualities that make people feel safe and cared for.
I went to medical school because I wanted to ask the big questions. Do we have a soul? Does God exist? What happens after death?
I, of course, meditate for two hours every morning. It’s part of my schedule; I wake up at 4 a.m. every day and I love it.
I’ve always felt that technology can be used to our benefit and should be used to our benefit.
If you and I are having a single thought of violence or hatred against anyone in the world at this moment, we are contributing to the wounding of the world.
In my definition of consciousness, consciousness is the same thing as life. What wisdom traditions also call spirit.
In societies where mature workers are respected and where their wisdom is respected, everybody benefits. Workers are more engaged and productive. Their health is better. They live longer.
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.
It is the nature of babies to be in bliss.
Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.
Mature workers are less impulsive, less reactive, more creative and more centered.
Modern medicine, for all its advances, knows less than 10 percent of what your body knows instinctively.
Muhammad is more human, more self-doubting, even self-tortured at times. His story is full of adventure, intrigue, betrayal.
My father was a doctor, an army cardiologist.
My own training is in the field of neuroendocrinology and I really became very fascinated many years ago with the molecules of emotion, molecules that we call neuropeptides.
No matter how closely you examine the water, glucose, and electrolyte salts in the human brain, you can’t find the point where these molecules became conscious.
No solution can ever be found by running in three different directions.
Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real.
Once the fabric of a just society is undone, it takes generations to weave it back together.
Our most important task is to transform our consciousness so that violence is no longer an option for us in our personal lives, that understanding that a world of peace is possible only if we relate to each other as peaceful beings, one individual at a time.
Our thinking and our behaviour are always in anticipation of a response. It is therefore fear-based.
Passivity is the same as defending injustice.
Preventive medicine isn’t part of a physician’s everyday routine, which is spent dispensing drugs and performing surgery.
Religions take donations and don’t pay taxes.
Research has shown that the best way to be happy is to make each day happy.
Self-awareness is value-free. It isn’t scary. It doesn’t imply that you will subject yourself to needless pain.
So many things happen for every event, and if you try to manipulate it, it means you are struggling against the whole universe, and that’s just silly.
So the universe is constantly moving in the direction of higher evolutionary impulses, creativity, abstraction, and meaning.
Some Western biographies are apologist, and do not portray the negative side at all.
Success comes when people act together; failure tends to happen alone.
The fear of death comes from limited awareness.
The greatest mystery of existence is existence itself.
The intention to live as long as possible isn’t one of the mind’s best intentions, because quantity isn’t the same as quality.
The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.
The masculine energy was about survival. The male was the hunter who risked his life and had to be in the fight-flight mode.
The physical world, including our bodies, is a response of the observer. We create our bodies as we create the experience of our world.
The real key is to live in an environment where the mind feels free to choose the right thing instead of being compelled by habit and inertia to choose the wrong thing.
The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking.
The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years.
There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.
There is just no getting around that turning bad things into good things is up to you.
There is no fixed physical reality, no single perception of the world, just numerous ways of interpreting world views as dictated by one’s nervous system and the specific environment of our planetary existence.
To think is to practice brain chemistry.
Traditional Islam is a mixture of all obedience to Allah, and if that requires militancy, so be it.
Traditional science assumes, for the most part, that an objective observer independent reality exists; the universe, stars, galaxies, sun, moon and earth would still be there if no one was looking.
Ultimately spiritual awareness unfolds when you’re flexible, when you’re spontaneous, when you’re detached, when you’re easy on yourself and easy on others.
Victims always feel alone and helpless.
We all feel the urge to condemn ourselves out of guilt, to blame others for our misfortunes and to fantasize about total disaster.
We Americans sit at the head of the banquet table, as we have done for a century. Our standard of living is luxurious by any measure.
We are not victims of aging, sickness and death. These are part of scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being.
We must revisit the idea that science is a methodology and not an ontology.
We need to build websites with celebrity speakers who talk about the ideals of fairness, sharing, democratic cooperation, and altruism in public life.
We’re living in a time when the world has suddenly discovered India because it’s run out of raw material for its imagination. The raw materials for imagination are inexhaustible here.
Well-being changes as we move through life, which is why a child’s version of it cannot be the same as an old person’s.
When I was growing up, I went to an Irish-Christian missionary school.
When resources become skimpy, human beings don’t suddenly cooperate to conserve what’s left. They fight to the last scrap for possession of a diminishing resource.
Yes, in all my research, the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion.
You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.
You can free yourself from aging by reinterpreting your body and by grasping the link between belief and biology.
You can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable.
You know, religion itself, Eastern and Western, is divisive and quarrelsome anyway.
Your immune cells are like a circulating nervous system. Your nervous system in fact is a circulating nervous system. It thinks. It’s conscious.