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Spiritual mindfulness

Rhian Morgan

Christmas is here and, hidden among the excess, it is a time to search the soul and escape from the madness. Rhian Morgan looks at some spiritual mindfulness to get you through the season

When you think of mindfulness, you think of business strategies. And while all well and good, the original philosophies behind it are rooted in ancient Oriental spirituality. Christianity may be synonymous with Christmas but Taoism and Zen Buddhism, the philosophies around which mindfulness is based on, are more in tune with leadership.

As such, I’ve compiled ancient mindfulness wisdom to inspire us over the holidays and in to the new year.

Buddha (Prince Siddhartha Gautama, buddha means the enlightened one in India)

“Live purely. Do your work with mastery. Shine.”

“If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true friends: succeed anyway.”

“Failure teaches a man how to succeed.”

“With mindfulness, a person always prospers.”

“The fool thinks he has won a battle when he bullies with harsh speech, but knowing how to be forbearing alone makes one victorious.”

“Every honest work is honourable work”

“Today is better than two tomorrows.”

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”

“The road to success is paved with failures.”

“None can live without toil, and a craft that provides your needs is a blessing indeed. But, if you toil without rest, fatigue and weariness will overtake you, and you will be denied the joy that comes from labour’s end.”

Lau Tzu: (or Old Master in Mandarin. Founded Taoism. He wrote the Tao Te Ching)

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”

“Be the chief but never the Lord.”

“Kindness in words creates confidence.”

“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear, and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions, and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”

“He who controls others may be powerful but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”

“When you are content to be yourself, and do not compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”

“Do your work, then step back. This is the only path to serenity.”

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”

Confucius: Chinese philosopher and teacher Kog Qiu. Brought up by his mother in poverty

“Ask yourself constantly: What is the right thing to do?”

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”

“By three methods we learn wisdom. First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest, and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”

“Success depends on previous preparation and, without such preparation, there is sure to be failure.”

“When it is obvious goals cannot be reached, do not adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”

“Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.”

“Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents them being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.”

“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order. To put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order. The put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life. We must first set our hearts right.”

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the doors that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”

“When it is obvious the goals cannot be reached, do not adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”

“The superior person is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact men do not recognise the ability he has.”


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