Stephen Cope Quotes.

1. "The goal of human life," says Ramakrishna, "is to meet God face to face." But the magic is this: if we look deeply into the face of all created things, we will find God. Therefore, savor the world, the body. Open it, explore it, look into it. Worship it."
- Stephen Cope, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

2. "The feminine comes to us in nature. Go outside. Look at the amazing waves of green, of lilacs, of blue mountains. We are in the presence of the manifestation right here. And she's reaching for you."
- Stephen Cope, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

3. "I understood that the attachment to myself and my image ... was actually taking me away from my self, away from this wonderful opportunity to just sit, just breathe, just feel the warm animal of my body, just feel the soft, sultry heat of June. The density of my attachment was making it impossible for me to have a truly satisfying experience of life in my body just as it was in the moment. When under the sway of this obsession, my mind's attention was always in the fantasized future, or the idealized or devalued past - never present to the reality of the moment."
- Stephen Cope, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

4. "Many of us ordinary folk have tasted these moments of "union" - on the ladder, in the pond, in the jungle, on the hospital bed. In the yogic view, it is in these moments that we know who we really are. We rest in our true nature and know beyond a doubt that everything is OK, and not just OK, but unutterably well. We know that there is nothing to accept and nothing to reject. Life just is as it is."
- Stephen Cope, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

5. "Quoting from Thomas Merton Dialogues With Silence The true contemplative is not one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the words that will transform his darkness into light. He does not even anticipate a special kind of transformation. He does not demand light instead of darkness. He waits on the Word of God in silence, and, when he is answered it is not so much by a word that bursts into his silence. It is by his silence itself, suddenly, inexplicably revealing itself to him as a word of great power, full of the voice of God. (17)"
- Stephen Cope, The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living

6. "Quoting from Phillip Moffitt Will Yoga and Meditation Really Change My Life? The most profound change I’m aware of just now is a growing realization that life is not personal. This may seem a surprising or even strange view to those unfamiliar with Eastern spirituality, but it has powerful implications. It’s very freeing to see that events in my life are arising because of circumstances in which I am not involved, but that I’m not at the center of them in any particular way. They’re impersonal. They’re arising because of causes and conditions. They are not me. There is a profound freedom in this. It makes life much more peaceful and harmonious because I’m not in reaction to events all the time. (134)"
- Stephen Cope, The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living

7. "Our unconscious ideals cause us to sacrifice our true lives to a beautiful chimera, a haunting dream, a compelling illusion."
- Stephen Cope, The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living

8. "longing for our idealized images of life separates us from our true selves and from our true callings."
- Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling

9. "Every man has a vocation to be someone: but he must understand clearly that in order to fulfill this vocation he can only be one person: himself."
- Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling

10. "It is the night sea journey that allows us to free the energy trapped in these cast-off parts—trapped in what Marion would call the shadow. The goal of this journey is to reunite us with ourselves. Such a homecoming can be surprisingly painful, even brutal. In order to undertake it, we must first agree to exile nothing."
- Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling

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