The best from the best 2013: on intuition and taking it easy

A series of posts on what I learned about writing, uncertainty, sensitivity, creativity, and more this year from the smartest people who ever lived — maybe they can help you, too.

In this post, the best quotations/thoughts on :

New Philosophies

I used to believe thinking trumped feeling.  Actually, I believed in over thinking and over analyzing over feeling anything.  Now I’m a proud highly sensitive person and I listen to and trust all those feelings and sensations or information more than I do the noise of my mind. Because of this, I have adopted two new philosophies —    “listen to your intuition” and “just take it easy.” Nothing deep or complicated.  But, they’ve completely changed my life.  Maybe reading these quotations will change yours as well. I added a couple of thoughts from two great thinkers that kind of blew my mind as well.  Enjoy. —  MM



The only real valuable thing is intuition. — Albert Einstein

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.  We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.  We will not solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.  More than anything else, this new century demands new thinking.  We must change our materially based analyses of the world around us to include broader, more multidimensional perspectives.  —  Albert Einstein

You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind.  The rational mind doesn’t nourish you.  You assume that it gives you the truth because the rational mind is the golden calf that the culture worships but this is not true.  Rationality squeezes out much that is rich and juicy and fascinating. —  Anne Lamott

Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your won inner voice…have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition. Everything else is secondary. — Steve Jobs

Nothing comes unannounced, but many can miss the announcement.  So it’s very important to actually listen to your own intuition rather than driving through it. — Terence McKenna


Take it Easy

Be with the present without chasing after it.  Be with the unpleasant without resisting it.  Be with the neutral without ignoring it. — Rick Hanson

The best way out is always through. — Robert Frost

Always fall in with what you’re asked to accept.  Take what is given and make it over your way.  My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever’s going.  Not against:  with. — Robert Frost

Your work is not to drag the world kicking and screaming into a new awareness.  Your job is to simply do your work…sacredly, secretly, silently…and those eyes to see and ears to hear will respond.  —  The Arcturians

Bear witness to the voices and the instruments — whether it’s a jazz band or life — and then move with them, flow with them.  If you can do that then you’ll be a lot happier because in life you’re always in a band and you’re always swinging.  You’re not forcing anything and you’re not being forced, you just flow…people think that if you’re not figuring it out and forcing it in certain ways, you’re not going to get things done.  The opposite is true.  You’ll get more done because you’re allowing the creativity to flow. — Bernie Glassman

Just float.  Let yourself be where you are and do what feels easiest or best to you in (a) given situation.  Don’t compare it to any other situation.  It’s showing up right now in you, it’s not random and it’s not outside of you. —  Ane Axford

New, deep thoughts

…perhaps God created nothing but merely is.  And we spend our lives within him or her or it, wondering constantly where he or she or it can be found. —  Philip K. Dick

For ‘you’ is the universe looking at itself from billions of points of view, points that come and go so that the vision is forever new. — Alan Watts

Next post — on creativity


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