Tuesday, November 9, 2010

~ perception ~







■“Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is...The only problem in your life is your mind's resistance to life as it unfolds.”
~ Dan Millman 


■“Every exit is an entry somewhere.”
~ Tom Stoppard  


■“The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.”
~ Carlos Castaneda  


■“We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.”
~ Epictetus


■“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”

~ Carlos Castaneda










15 comments:

  1. We can make ourselves miserable or make ourselves strong. Such a ;powerful statement. And so true. It is about perspective!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

    ReplyDelete
  2. wow. love that castaneda quote...may put that one on my mirror to remember...cool face in teh sky as well....

    ReplyDelete
  3. I absolutely love, and live by (maybe strive by is a better way to say it), the last quote by Castaneda. The last image, too, is rapturous.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Some interesting quotes and the accompanying artworks quite intriguing.

    ReplyDelete
  5. suffering can also be our experiencing of the distance between who we are and who we wish to be. beautiful photographic manipulations bonnie! steven

    ReplyDelete
  6. Like Ruth, I like the last quote by Canstaneda. My favorite, however, is Dan Millman's statement that "the only problem in your life is your mind's resistance to life as it unfolds." A interesting and informative post!

    ReplyDelete
  7. That Carlos Castaneda knew a thing or two.

    ReplyDelete
  8. My first visit, but not my last. My favorite quote was number three by Castaneda. I'm not sure, though, if being a warrior is a gift or a curse? Sometimes, this warrior would enjoy some ho-hum.

    ReplyDelete
  9. In perfect keeping with your post from yesterday. I read yesterday, and in the midst of forming a response was informed my computer time was up :) Can't argue with my own rule. But wanted to share I too had a visceral response to your boxes yesterday.

    I am never good at remembering who said what... but whoever said what we focus on expands... love your first image, another gut reaction for me. Thanks for sharing Bonnie, its an honor to visit here!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Cool images and quotations. I liked the Stoppard one especially.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Wonderful quotes.. so much wisdom there. And your creations are beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  12. These quotes are great, and I just love that second photo!

    ReplyDelete
  13. hey there. i'm enjoying your words and images.

    epictetus' words have been a lifelong mantra.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Great stuff, Bonnie. I trust that the pain of your wrist has almost disappeared and that no undue suffering has resulted. The two images are captivating; I found the first one very striking and have not used the second as my Windows background, so you will be on my screen full time for a while. I particularly liked the last Castaneda quote about it taking as much work to make ourselves miserable as it does to make ourselves strong. Never quite thought about it like that.

    ReplyDelete

Comments are always read and appreciated.

(I am grateful for all awards received. However, I ask that this be an "award-free zone" and meme-free zone. Thanks for understanding!)