Here’s the collection of quotes on desire that appear in The Desire Map program. Binge on inspiration:
As is your desire, so is your will.
As is your will, so is your deed.
As is your deed,
so is your destiny.
If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it,
then what you are undergoes a transformation.
Look into the nature of desire, and there is boundless light.
—Padmasambhava, Tibetan yogi
To reach satisfaction in all
desire its possession in nothing,
To come to the knowledge of all
desire the knowledge of nothing.
To come to possess all
desire the possession of nothing.
To arrive at being all
desire to be nothing.
— St. John of the Cross
Desire is a teacher: When we immerse ourselves in it without guilt, shame,
or clinging, it can show us something special about our own minds that
allows us to embrace life fully.
—Mark Epstein, Open to Desire
Whenever you start guiding yourself by caring about how you feel, you
start guiding yourself back into your Stream of Source Energy, and that’s
where your clarity is; that’s where your joy is; that’s where your flexibility
is; that’s where your balance is; that’s where your good ideas come from.
That’s where all the good stuff is accessed from.
The heart generates the largest electromagnetic field in the body . . . The
electrical field is about 60 times greater in amplitude than brain waves.
The magnetic component of the heart’s field, which is around 100 times
stronger than that produced by the brain . . . can be measured several feet
away from the body.
—Rollin McCraty, Ph.D.
The point of life is happiness.
—The Dalai Lama
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to
pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we
reach the mountaintop of our desires.
Underneath it all, we are wild and we know it.
—Reggie Ray, Buddhist scholar
As long as you feel inspired, your life is being well spent.
What you seek is seeking you.
What we strive for
is not what turns us
into the lit angel
and then nourishes
Longing, felt fully, carries us to belonging.
—Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance
A desire is anything but frivolous. It is the interface between you and that
which is greater than you. No desire is meaningless or inconsequential.
If it pulls you, even a little bit, it will take everyone higher. Desire is where
the Divine lives, inside the inspiration of your desire. Every desire is
of profound importance with huge consequences, and deserves your
Immerse yourself in the energy of what you desire.
Those who restrain their desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be
In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
On poetry: Everyone wants to know what it means.
But nobody is asking, How does it feel?
Every need brings what’s needed.
Pain bears its cure like a child.
Having nothing produces provisions.
Ask a difficult question,
And the marvelous answer appears.
Our species in general had grown accustomed to pain and adversity through millennia of
struggle . . . we were only recently evolving the ability to let ourselves feel good and have
things go well for any significant period of time.
—Gay Hendricks, The Big Leap
Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by you know how I feel
And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
And I’m feeling good
I’m feeling good
—as sung by Nina Simone
But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of
love’s threshing-floor, into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but
not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
To live in an evolutionary spirit means to engage with full ambition and
without any reserve in the structure of the present, and yet to let go and
flow into a new structure when the right time has come.
I need my conscience to keep watch over me
To protect me from myself
So I can wear honesty like a crown on my head
When I walk into the promised land.
—Dead Can Dance, American Dreaming
A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action
presupposes a goal that is worth achieving.
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as
something to aim at.
Without vision, we perish.
I had no idea, but I realized that probably thirty to forty percent of my
brainpower was taken up with the questions that I couldn’t answer—
because I had no direction. When I got clear on exactly where I wanted to
go, and set the goals to get there, my mind calmed down.
—Chip Wilson, founder of lululemon
You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other
people get what they want.
Set a goal, and in small, consistent steps, work to reach it. Get support
from your peers when you start flagging. Repeat.
You will change.
1. Goals direct attention and effort toward goal-relevant activities and
away from goal-irrelevant activities.
2. Goals have an energizing function. Goals create efforts.
3. Goals effect persistence. Goals prolong effort.
4. Goals rally us to bring task-relevant knowledge and strategies to the
problem at hand.
—Edwin Locke & Gary Latham
When resistance is gone, the demons are gone.
Men are not free when they’re doing just what they like. Men are only free
when they’re doing what the deepest self likes. And there is getting down
to the deepest self! It takes some diving.
—D. H. Lawrence
Be suspicious of what you want.
Like a bird with broken wing
that has traveled through wind for years . . .
I sleep and my heart stays awake . . .
Everything matters. Nothing’s important.
Your resistance is a sign that your system is reconfiguring itself toward
—Todd Herman, ThePeakAthlete.com
Desire is the absurdity that holds open the infinity of possibility.
—Wendy Farley, The Wounding and Healing of Desire
We are desire. It is the essence of the human Soul, the secret of our
existence. Absolutely nothing of human greatness is ever accomplished
without it. Not a symphony has been written, a mountain climbed, an
injustice fought, or a love sustained apart from desire. Desire fuels our
search for the life we prize.
The dignity of desire
Dive into the thin air of hope
long for it
like a tree’s roots dig
you don’t need it
you need it
but don’t expect it to look
like the movie that plays
on the screen
of your skull
your job is not to find it
only to let yourself
to find strength
—Samantha Reynolds, Bentlily.com
May we serve with much fire, much heart, much desire, and much prayer.
Affirmations are like screaming that you’re okay in order to overcome this
whisper that you’re not. That’s a big contrast to actually uncovering the
whisper, realizing that it’s a passing memory, and moving closer to all
those fears and all those edgy feelings that maybe you’re not okay. Well, no
big deal. None of us is okay and all of us are fine. It’s not just one way. We
are walking, talking paradoxes.
—Pema Chödrön, Start Where You Are
If you’re going to affirm something, affirm the truth. Then go do something
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Take a journey into the things which you are carrying, the known—
not into the unknown—into what you already know:
your pleasures, your delights, your despairs, your sorrows.
Take a journey into that, that is all you have.
I will not hide my tastes or aversions.
I will so trust that what is deep is holy.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
The fire has its flame and praises God.
The wind blows the flame and praises God.
In the voice we hear the word which praises God.
And the word, when heard, praises God.
So all of creation is a song of praise to God.
—Hildegard of Bingen
Desire presses ever forward unsubdued.
How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty? It felt the
encouragement of Light against its being; otherwise we all remain too frightened.
To get what he wanted, a man had to give other people what they wanted.
—Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest
Planning is essential. Plans are useless.
If you want to be clear, act.
I chose and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been
mistaken; the choosing was not.
I felt it shelter to speak to you.
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