The fire of “NOW”

Mother Teresa - Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary

We fear the future because we are wasting today. 

Roy T. Bennett - Author

The biggest wall you have to climb is the one you build in your mind: Never let your mind talk you out of your dreams, trick you into giving up. Never let your mind become the greatest obstacle to success. To get your mind on the right track, the rest will follow.

Allan Lokos - Founder and guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center located on New York

Suffering usually relates to wanting things to be different than they are.

Joseph Campbell - American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion.

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

Frank Herbert - American science-fiction author best known for the 1965 novel Dune and its five sequels

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Marie Forleo - American entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author

The most powerful words in the universe are the words you say to yourself.

Louise Lynn Hay - American motivational author and the founder of Hay House

The point of power is always in the present moment.

Rumi - 13th-century Persian poet

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

George Mumford - Highly acclaimed and leading expert in sports psychology & performance

Monkey mind is actually a Buddhist term that refers to a mind that is restless, agitated, confused, or that is hard to control.

Epictetus - Greek Stoic philosopher

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

Marcus Aurelius - Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

David Deida - American author who writes about the sexual and spiritual growth of men and women

Every moment of your life is either a test or a celebration.

David Deida - American author who writes about the sexual and spiritual growth of men and women

As long as life continues, the creative challenge is to tussle, play, and make love with the present moment while giving your unique gift.

Seneca - Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and—in one work—satirist from the Silver Age of Latin literature

True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.

Martin Elias Pete Seligman - American psychologist, educator, and author of self-help books. Seligman is a strong promoter within the scientific community of his theories of positive psychology and of well-being

Changing the destructive things you say to yourself when you experience the setbacks that life deals all of us is the central skill of optimism.

Martin Elias Pete Seligman - American psychologist, educator, and author of self-help books. Seligman is a strong promoter within the scientific community of his theories of positive psychology and of well-being

Habits of pessimism lead to depression, wither achievement, and undermine physical health. The good news is that pessimism can be unlearned, and that with its removal depression, underachievement, and poor health can be alleviated.

George Burr Leonard - American writer, editor, and educator who wrote extensively about education and human potential

Our preoccupation with goals, results, and the quick fix has separated us from our own experiences.

Nathaniel Branden - Canadian–American psychotherapist and writer known for his work in the psychology of self-esteem

How do we keep our inner fire alive? Two things, at minimum, are needed: an ability to appreciate the positives in our life – and a commitment to action. Every day, it's important to ask and answer these questions: ‘What's good in my life?’ and ‘What needs to be done?

Abraham Harold Maslow - American psychologist who was best known for creating Maslow's hierarchy of needs, a theory of psychological health predicated on fulfilling innate human needs in priority, culminating in self-actualization

I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.

Don Miguel Ruiz - Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts

If you live in a past dream, you don't enjoy what is happening right now because you will always wish it to be different than it is. There is no time to miss anyone or anything because you are alive. Not enjoying what is happening right now is living in the past and being only half alive. This leads to self pity, suffering and tears.

Daniel Jay Millman - American author and lecturer in the personal development field

The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.

Daniel Jay Millman - American author and lecturer in the personal development field

“Where are you? Here
What time is it? Now
What are you? This moment.”

Rick Hanson - Psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author

If you take care of the minutes, the years will take care of themselves.

Sonia Choquette - Globally celebrated and dynamic spiritual teacher, six-sensory consultant, enchanting storyteller, and transformational visionary guide

Being calm is a skill that starts with proper breathing. Dr. Tully taught me that breathing deeply and regularly is not only the key to remaining calm, but also instantly connects us to a higher vibration.

Tal Ben-Shahar - American and Israeli teacher, and writer in the areas of positive psychology and leadership

Life is too short to be in a hurry. If we are always on the go, we are reacting to the exigencies of day-to-day life rather than allowing ourselves the space to create a happy life.

James Allen - British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement

Self-control is strength. Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.

Wayne Walter Dyer - American self-help and spiritual author and a motivational speaker

Acceptance means no complaining, and happiness means no complaining about the things over which you can do nothing.

Wayne Walter Dyer - American self-help and spiritual author and a motivational speaker

There are two days in the week about which and upon which I never worry. Two carefree days, kept sacredly free from fear and apprehension. One of these days is yesterday…and the other day I do not worry about is tomorrow.

Trevor Moawad - Renowned Mental Conditioning expert and strategic advisor to some of the world's most elite performers

Negativity affects you negatively 100% of the time...The first step to getting out of the hole is to stop digging.

Daniel Goleman - Author and science journalist. For twelve years, he wrote for The New York Times, reporting on the brain and behavioral sciences

But the rational mind usually doesn't decide what emotions we "should" have!

Paulo Coelho - Brazilian lyricist and novelist, best known for his novel The Alchemist

Don't give in to your fears. If you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart.

Jack Canfield - American author, motivational speaker, corporate trainer, and entrepreneur

Everything you want is on the other side of fear.

Brian Tracy - Canadian-American motivational public speaker and self-development author

The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.

Eckhart Tolle - Spiritual teacher and best-selling author. the tower

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.

Eckhart Tolle - Spiritual teacher and best-selling author. the tower

What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.

Harvey A. Dorfman - American mental skills coach who worked in education and psychology as a teacher, counselor, coach, and consultant

Anxiety about outcome is the single most intrusive inhibitor to effective performance.

Lao Tzu - Ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, the founder of philosophical Taoism, and a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions

If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.

Ryan Holiday is an American marketer and author

Remember, there’s no greatness in the future. Or clarity. Or insight. Or happiness. Or peace. There is only this moment.

Ryan Holiday is an American marketer and author

The less energy we waste regretting the past or worrying about the future, the more energy we will have for what’s in front of us.

John Wooden - American basketball player and coach

Be true to yourself.
Make each day your masterpiece.
Help others.
Drink deeply from good books.
Make friendship a fine art.
Build a shelter against a rainy day.
Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

John Wooden - American basketball player and coach

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden - American basketball player and coach

Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.

Daniel Jay Millman - American author and lecturer in the personal development field

Life is a series of moments. The quality of attention and action that we bring to each moment determines the quality of our lives.

Daniel Jay Millman - American author and lecturer in the personal development field

Where are you? Here
What time is it? Now
What are you? This moment.

Shawn Phillips - Fitness Philosopher. Internationally respected strength and fitness expert who has helped athletes, celebrities, and tens of thousands of others over the past twenty years

Yesterday is a memory and tomorrow is a dream. Today is the day to make your mark – to make a difference.

Denis E. Waitley - American motivational speaker, writer and consultant 

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

Gregg Krech - Executive Director of the ToDo Institute, a Naikan education and retreat center near Middlebury, Vermont

Open your eyes and see how many gifts there are to unwrap. Notice the presence of your presents. It’s not your life that is disappointing: it’s your mind.

Byron Katie - American speaker and author who teaches a method of self-inquiry known as "The Work of Byron Katie" or simply as "The Work

When I argue with reality, I lose—but only 100 percent of the time.

Byron Katie - American speaker and author who teaches a method of self-inquiry known as "The Work of Byron Katie" or simply as "The Work

When I argue with reality, I lose—but only 100 percent of the time.

Dale Carnegie - American writer and lecturer, and the developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills

Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Dale Carnegie - American writer and lecturer, and the developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.

Dale Carnegie - American writer and lecturer, and the developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills

Everybody in the world is seeking happiness—and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn't depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.

Elbert Hubbard - American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.

Ryan Holiday - American marketer and author. He is the former director of marketing for American Apparel and a media columnist and editor-at-large for the New York Observer

Focus on the moment, not the monsters that may or may not be up ahead.

Russ Harris - Internationally acclaimed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer and author of the best-selling ACT-based self-help book The Happiness

The more we try to avoid the basic reality that all human life involves pain, the more we are likely to struggle with that pain when it arises, thereby creating even more suffering.

Russ Harris - Internationally acclaimed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) trainer and author of the best-selling ACT-based self-help book The Happiness

The mind loves telling stories; in fact, it never stops.

Ralph Waldo Emerson - American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Neil A. Fiore - Renowned psychologist, lecturer, trainer, and bestselling author

The fear of failure, the fear of being imperfect (perfectionism), and the fear of impossible expectations (being overwhelmed) that prevent us from acting on and attaining humanly possible goals and relationships.

Steve Chandler - Author of 30 books that have been translated into over 25 languages. His personal success coaching, public speaking and business consulting have been used by CEOs, top professionals, major universities, and over 30 Fortune 500 companies

I believe that half the unhappiness in life comes from people being afraid to go straight at things.

Steve Chandler - Author of 30 books that have been translated into over 25 languages. His personal success coaching, public speaking and business consulting have been used by CEOs, top professionals, major universities, and over 30 Fortune 500 companies

Worry is not true thought. Worry is a misuse of the imagination.