Best Rumi Quotes – Jalal ad-Dīn Mohammad Rumi: A Spiritual Legacy

Rumi

Jalal ad-Dīn Mohammad Rumi

WHO IS RUMI? Rumi, Jalal ad-Dīn Mohammad Rumi جلال‌الدین محمد رومی  was born September 30, 1207 –  and died  December 17,  1273.  He was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. The English translation of his original Persian poetry  is considered to be the most popular and best selling poetry in the United States.  It has also been translated into many other different languages, including Russian, German, Urdu, Turkish, Arabic, Bengali, French, Italian, and Spanish, and is being presented in a growing number of formats, including concerts, workshops, readings, dance performances, and other forms of artistic expression, touching the hearts of people of all ages around the world. More than half a million copies of  Coleman Barks’ English interpretations of Rumi’s poetry have been sold worldwide.

“When I am silent, I fall into that place where everything is music.”  ~Jalal ad-Dīn Mohammad Rumi

Whirling Dervishes

Whirling Dervishes

Rumi wholeheartedly believed in using music, poetry and dance as the most direct way to experience God, and his most favorite instrument was the ney, or reed flute, although he was also a notable robāb musician.  Rumi was buried in Konya, where his shrine has now is a place of pilgrimage.  After Rumi died, his son, Sultan Walad, and his followers founded the  Mevlevi Order, or the Order of the Whirling Dervishes, famous for their Sama ceremony and Sufi dancing.

WHY IS RUMI’S POETRY SO POPULAR? Within Rumi’s poetry can be found very clear and direct messages about life and love. His writing does not offend anyone and is accepted and quoted in churches, monasteries, synagogues and in public sectors by people of all cultures, including ministers, atheists, agnostics, philosophers, protesters, activists, enthusiasts, and revered by people of all ages, philosophies, and cultures.  He teaches people how to live together in peace and harmony with one another, how to choose love above hatred, fear and hostility and how to live and practice global peace.

WHAT HAS RUMI WRITTEN? Rumi has written both poetry and prose. His poetry is generally divided into categories: the quatrains (rubayāt) and odes (ghazal) of the Divan, the six books of the Masnavi. The prose works are divided into The Discourses, The Letters, and the Seven Sermons.  Probably Rumi’s most well-known major work is the Maṭnawīye Ma’nawī (Spiritual Couplets; مثنوی معنوی), a six-volume poem , containing approximately 27,000 lines of Persian poetry.  It is considered by some Sufis as one of the greatest works of mystical poetry and regarded by some as the Persian-language Qur’an.

RUMI QUOTES  Here are some of our most favorite quotes by Rumi:

Mother and Child

“We are born of love; Love is our mother.”  ~Rumi

We are born of love; Love is our mother.  ―Rumi

Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.  ―Rumi

The wound is the place where the Light enters you. ―Rumi

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. ―Rumi

Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. ―Rumi

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. ―Rumi

Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom. ―Rumi

Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees. ―Rumi

beautiful field sun

“I’ll meet you there.” ~Rumi

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about. ―Rumi

The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along. ―Rumi, The Illuminated Rumi

What you seek is seeking you. ―Rumi

woman flying

“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky” ~Rumi

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet. ―Rumi

Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it. ―Rumi

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished? ―Rumi

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. ―Rumi

Dance

“Dance when you’re broken open.”  ~Rumi

Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free. ―Rumi

You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? ―Rumi

Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. ―Rumi

Knock, And He’ll open the door. Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun. Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens. Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.
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Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. ―Rumi, The Essential Rumi

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.  ―Rumi

Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death. ―Rumi

In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art. ―Rumi

It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away, so that when I’ve gone and come back, I’ll find it at home. ―Rumi

Bird soar sky

“Oh, bird of my soul, fly away now. ~Rumi

Oh, bird of my soul, fly away now; For I possess a hundred fortified towers.  ―Rumi

My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.  ―Rumi

There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you? ―Rumi

I have no companion but Love, no beginning, no end, no dawn. The Soul calls from within me:  “You, ignorant of the way of Love, set Me free.” ―Rumi

Why should I be unhappy? Every parcel of my being is in full bloom. ―Rumi

Rain on Flowers

“It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ~Rumi

Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.  ―Rumi

If you find the mirror of the heart dull, the rust has not been cleared from its face. ―Rumi

That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquility. ―Rumi

RESOURCES

The Essential Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, A. J. Arberry, Reynold Nicholson, San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1996 ISBN 978-0-06-250959-8; Edison (NJ) and New York: Castle Books, 1997 ISBN 978-0-7858-0871-8.

Franklin Lewis, Rumi Past and Present, East and West, Oneworld Publications, 2000. ISBN 978-1-85168-214-0 The Illuminated Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks, Michael Green contributor, New York: Broadway Books, 1997 ISBN 978-0-7679-0002-7.

La luz iIuminada Poesia de Jalal al-Din Rumi (Spanish Edition), by Jalal Al-Din Rumi, Elvia Ardalani (Translator), Paperback, 108 Pages, Published 2013 by Libros Medio Siglo, ISBN-13: 978-0-615-79391-7, ISBN: 0-615-79391-6

Majid M. Naini, The Mysteries of the Universe and Rumi’s Discoveries on the Majestic Path of Love, Universal Vision & Research, 2002, ISBN 978-0-9714600-0-3

The Masnavi, Book One, Bk. 1 (Oxford World’s Classics) by Jalal Al-Din Rumi, Jawid Mojaddedi (Translator), Jawid Ahmad Mojaddedi, Paperback, 304 Pages, Published 2008 by Oup Oxford, ISBN-13: 978-0-19-955231-3, ISBN: 0-19-955231-2

The Masnavi, Book Two (Oxford World’s Classics), by Jalal Al-Din Rumi, Jawid Ahmad Mojaddedi, Paperback, 304 Pages, Published 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA, ISBN-13: 978-0-19-921259-0, ISBN: 0-19-921259-7

Mawlana Rumi Review mawlanarumireview.com. An annual review devoted to Rumi. Archetype, 2010. ISBN 978-1-901383-38-6.

Mystical Poems of Rumi, by Jalal Al-Din Rumi, JA Rumi, Arthur John Arberry, Franklin D. Lewis, Ehsan Yarshater, Paperback, 356 Pages, Published 2008 by University Of Chicago Press, ISBN-13: 978-0-226-73162-9, ISBN: 0-226-73162-6

Rumi (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets), by Jalal Al-Din Rumi, Peter Washington, Jalalu’l-Din Rumi, Hardcover, 256 Pages, Published 2006 by Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets, ISBN-13: 978-0-307-26352-0, ISBN: 0-307-26352-5

“Why is Rumi the best-selling poet in the US?”. BBC Culture. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2014-05-23

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Jean E. DartThis article is written by Jean Voice Dart, M.S. Special Education from Illinois State University. Jean is a published author and has written hundreds of health articles as well as hosting a local television program, “Making Miracles Happen.” She is a Registered Music Therapist, Sound Therapist, and Master Level Energetic Teacher, and is the Executive Director, founder and Health and Wellness Educator of the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance.  Her writings can be found at www.findinggodslove.com   The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit health and wellness education organization. For more information about the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance contact us or visit our website atwww.montereybayholistic.com.


Disclaimer:The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a charitable, independent registered nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and does not endorse any particular products or practices. We exist as an educational organization dedicated to providing free access to health education resources, products and services. Claims and statements herein are for informational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The statements about organizations, practitioners, methods of treatment, and products listed on this website are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is intended for educational purposes only. The MBHA strongly recommends that you seek out your trusted medical doctor or practitioner for diagnosis and treatment of any existing health condition.

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Seize the day! Carpe Diem!

As-salamu alaykum (السلام عليكم), health and wellness friends!

Seize the Day

Click, copy, and share with friends and family members. Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.  -Robert Brault.  Carpe Diem – Seize the day!

Today “Seize the day” comes to mind, or Carpe Diem. Just what does that mean and how does one do it?  Well, it’s another beautiful day here on the Monterey Bay. Blue skies, puffy, white clouds, bright, warm sun. We are grateful for the fresh, clean ocean air. It’s the perfect time to “seize the day!”

People are going holiday shopping, hiking in the mountains, getting haircuts, cooking food, cleaning house, doing laundry, going to church, watching television,  filling out Christmas cards, attending a business meeting, posting comments on Facebook, washing the car, exercising at the gym, flying in an airplane, meditating, and paying bills.  So who is seizing the day and who isn’t? Not easily determined by outer appearances. It is all about listening to ourselves, and not about listening to what is “right” or “wrong” according to some other authority.

Here at the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance we determined to be seizing the day and accomplishing our goals. But first we have to set goals. Sometimes it’s not easy. It takes continued focus, vision, and discipline, and often rewriting goals or making new ones. So what does it mean to seize the day and how do we accomplish it? Here is what a few people have to say about it.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
― Helen Keller, The Open Door

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”
― Benjamin Franklin

“Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.”
― Hans Christian Andersen

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”
― Emily Dickinson

“Every man dies.  Not every man really lives.”
― Braveheart

“Do not take life too seriously.  You will never get out of it alive.”
―Elbert Hubbard

“As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do.”
―Zachary Scott

“Spend the afternoon.  You can’t take it with you.”
―Annie Dillard

“Dream as if you’ll live forever.  Live as if you’ll die today. ”
―James Dean

So it seems from Helen, Eleanor, Ben, Hans, Emily, Braveheart and the others that “seizing the day” is about spending one’s time wisely and taking immediate action, and one other important quality…enjoyment.  But what gets in the way of us taking immediate action and choosing joy? Sometimes plenty!  It seems the mind plays tricks on us and gets us to do other things rather than focusing on our primary goal…our vision…our dream…our joy.  If we don’t keep focused on our dream, then we never reach it.

Today I saw a video about a vet who lost 140 pounds doing yoga. He had been been a paratrooper and had injured his spine and knees multiple times. He was told by many doctors that he would would never walk normally again and that all physical therapy programs would fail. He succeeded through perseverance and disciplined effort and using a coach to inspire and motivate him. Now gone are the days of the past when he would spend hours sitting on the couch watching television. That changed the moment he made a conscious decision to seize the day!  It wasn’t easy. In the beginning, he fell down, over and over again. But he got back up, because a friend offered a helping hand. He cast aside his two canes and leg braces and is now exercising regularly.  He is enjoying the day, living his life to the fullest, healthy and physically fit.

The truth is that sometimes we need a little help from our friends:  Acupuncturists, nutritionists, holistic health counselors, fitness coaches, Tai Chi instructors, yoga instructors, authors, psychic healers, hypnotherapists, channelers, Reiki Masters, aromatherapists, naturopaths, health practitioners, etc.  Here at the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance, we are your health and wellness friends and offer a helping hand when needed, providing access to people, events, resources and services that you are seeking.

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
―Robert Brault.

Thank you, Robert Brault.  Carpe Diem! So how will YOU seize the day today? Enjoy our gift to you, this downloadable poster creation from the MBHA.

~Best wishes from your friends at Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance.

50 Happiness Quotes

Be Happy

Happiness is something that we all seek. If you know how to be happy when times are tough, you have discovered true wisdom.

What is happiness and how do we achieve it? What makes you happy?  What is the secret to true joy and happiness regardless of age, race, culture and circumstances? Here are fifty happiness quotes to open your heart to JOY in life and put a smile on your face.

If you find  an inspirational quote that is not here, please share! Thank you.

What is the secret to happiness? How do we find it and how do we keep it?

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” ~John Barrymore

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“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.”  ~C. S. Lewis

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“The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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Happy old man

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~Dalai Lama

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“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” ~Benjamin Disraeli

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“Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it.”  ~Mary Baker Eddy

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“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” ~Thomas Jefferson

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“Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth… Happiness comes from giving, not getting. If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it.” ~John Templeton

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“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” ~Jim Rohn

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“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” ~Buddha

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Happy children

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

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“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold; happiness dwells in the soul.” ~Democritus

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“If we go into a darkened room and turn on the light, it doesn’t matter if the room has been dark for a day, a week, or ten thousand years – we turn on the light and it is illuminated. Once we control our capacity for love and happiness, the light has been turned on.” ~Sharon Salzberg

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“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” ~C. S. Lewis

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“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” ~George Washington

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“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

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Smiling woman

“To live happily is an inward power of the soul.” ~Aristotle

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“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go.” ~Martha Washington

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“Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have.” ~Rabbi Hyman Schachtel

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“All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin.” ~Lord Byron

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“The world of those who are happy is different from the world of those who are not.” ~Ludwig Wittgenstein

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“Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.” ~Alice Meynell

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“There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one — keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.”  ~Mark Twain

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“The greatest happiness of life it the conviction that we are loved – loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” ~Victor Hugo

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Happy Cat

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” ~Margaret Lee Runbeck

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“Happiness is not in our circumstance but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are.” ~John B. Sheerin

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“Think of all the beauty that is still left in and around you and be happy!” ~Anne Frank

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“The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” ~Allan K. Chalmers

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“Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead.”  ~Scottish Proverb

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happy baby

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.”  ~Robert Anthony

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“I can only think of one thing greater than being happy and that is to help another to be happy, too.”  ~Jim Thomson

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“Happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it.”  ~Aristotle

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“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”   ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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“They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods.” ~Edith Wharton

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“The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”  ~Allan K. Chalmers

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Happy old woman

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”  ~Benjamin Disraeli

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“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”  ~Anne Frank

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“Happiness is something final and complete in itself, as being the aim and end of all practical activities whatever.  Happiness then we define as the active exercise of the mind in conformity with perfect goodness or virtue.”  ~Aristotle

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“Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few who pause to consider the antithesis: that perfect unhappiness is equally unattainable.”    ~Primo Levi

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“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”   ~Aristotle

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“Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.”  ~St. Augustine

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“You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.”  ~Albert Camus

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Happy teenagers

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”  ~Oscar Wilde

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“Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.”    ~Charles Caleb Colton

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“Luckier than one’s neighbor, but still not happy.”  ~Euripedes

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“A great obstacle to happiness is to anticipate too great a happiness.”  ~Fontenelle

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“No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy.”  ~Thomas Fuller


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“We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found, and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself.”  ~Samuel Johnson

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Happy dog

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”   ~Buddha

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“Happiness is a warm puppy.”  Charles Schulz

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“When I meet people from other cultures I know that they too want happiness and do not want suffering, this allows me to see them as brothers and sisters.”   ~Dalai Lama

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“Don’t Worry.  Be Happy” ~Meher Baba

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Jean E. DartThis article is written by Jean Voice Dart,  M.S. Special Education from Illinois State University.
  Jean is a published author and has written hundreds of health articles as well as hosting a local television program, “Making Miracles Happen.”  She is a Registered Music Therapist, Sound Therapist, and Master Level Energetic Teacher, and is the Executive Director, founder and Health and Wellness Educator of the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance.  The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a registered 501 (c) 3  nonprofit health and wellness education organization.  For more information about  the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance contact us or visit our website at www.montereybayholistic.com.

Disclaimer: The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a charitable, independent registered nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and does not endorse any particular products or practices. We exist as an educational organization dedicated to providing free access to health education resources, products and services. Claims and statements herein are for informational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The statements about organizations, practitioners, methods of treatment, and products listed on this website are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is intended for educational purposes only. The MBHA strongly recommends that you seek out your trusted medical doctor or practitioner for diagnosis and treatment of any existing health condition.

See Love. Always. All ways.

See Love Alwyas. All Ways.

Click to enlarge, copy, and share with your friends and loved ones. Love is always there with us and around us, if we only stop to see it, always and ALL ways. Much love to you.

Greetings, MBHA friends,

During this week of Thanksgiving, we at the Alliance are grateful for all of our friends. It’s a time when the heart opens to the simplest of things…a  little bird, stopping to tap on a window pane, a spiderweb beaded with the water droplets from the morning dew, a young mother helping an elderly woman with her coat and comforting her as she looks in confusion, searching desperately for her family members or friends.

SEE LOVE. Always. ALL Ways.

This week we at the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance remember to give thanks and look around at the miracle of LIFE, knowing that IT is a precious gift, not to be tossed away and easily forgotten. We are truly  blessed, so let us take time out to be silent, close our eyes, awaken to this TRUTH and be thankful for the blessings and lessons in life.

THANK YOU for the gift of you. Thank you for the gift of LIFE.

Loving life, always and All Ways,
~MBHA Staff and Volunteers