"The overwhelming reality is: we live in a world where almost everything is worthless and very few things are exceptionally valuable. As John Maxwell has written, "You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.""
"I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he has to attend to in a day... So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real." - Henry David Thoreau
"There is a pathetically tiny amount of time we have left of our lives. For me this is not a depressing thought, but a thrilling one. It removes fear of choosing the wrong thing. It infuses courage into my bones. It challenges me to be even more unreasonably selective about how to use the precious time."
[A.H. looking at particles of sand stuck to his hand]
"Suddenly I saw the exquisite beauty of every little grain of it; instead of being dull, I saw that each particle was made up on a perfect geometrical pattern with sharp angles, from each of which a brilliant shaft of light was reflected, while each tiny crystal shone like a rainbow... the rays crossed and recrossed, making exquisite patterns of such beauty that they left one breathless... Then, suddenly, my consciousness was lighted up from within and I saw in a vivid way how the whole universe was made up of particles of material which, no matter how dull and lifeless they might seem, were nevertheless filled with this intense and vital beauty. For a second or two, the whole world appeared as a blaze of glory."
There is "beauty locked up in every minute speck of material around us."
"According to the Buddha, we have three habitual responses to everything we experience. We want it, we reject it, or we zone out. Cookies: I want. Mosquitos: I reject. Safety instruction on a flight: I zone out. Mindfulness is a fourth option, a way to view the contents of our mind with nonjudgemental remove."
"The route to true happiness... [is] to achieve a visceral understanding of impermanence, which [will] take you off the emotional roller coaster and allow you to see your dramas and desires through a wider lens."
"The practice [of meditation] can create just enough space in your head so that when you get angry or annoyed, you are less likely to take the bait and act on it."
"I believe an appreciation for simplicity, the everyday, the ability to dive deep into the banal and discover life's hidden richness - is where success, let alone happiness emerges."
"After tidying, many clients tell me that their worldly desires have decreased. Whereas in the past, no matter how much they had, it was never enough."