Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

Archive for the category “Meditation”

“Be Mindful of Your Self-Talk”


“There’s gon’ be some stuff you gon’ see that’s gon’ make it hard to smile in the future.

But through whatever you see, through all the rain and the pain, you gotta keep your sense of humor.

You gotta be able to smile through all this bullshit.

Remember that.”    (Tupac Shakur)



“You are a volume in the divine book, a mirror to the power that created the universe, whatever you want ask it of yourself, whatever you’re looking for can only be found inside of you.”   (Rumi)



“I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullsh*t.”   (Elizabeth Gilbert)



“I believe in the imagination.  What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.”   (Real Dreams, Duane Michals)



“Let me tell you a truth… No matter what choice you make, it doesn’t define you.  Not forever. People can make bad choices and change their minds and hearts and do good things later; just as people can make good choices and then turn around and walk a bad path.  No choice we make lasts our whole life.  If there’s ever a choice you’ve made that you no longer agree with, you can make another choice.”   (Dust and Decay, Jonathan Maberry)



“Be mindful of your self-talk.  It’s a conversation with the Universe.”   (David James Lees)



“Be somebody nobody thought you could be.”   (William Chapman)



“Go Where There is No Path”


“I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane.  I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you.  Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.

It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you.  Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say ‘this is good, this is bad,’ you have already jumped onto the thought process.

It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind.  Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.

And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion.  Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing.  You are, but the mind is utterly empty.

That’s the moment of enlightenment.  That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”     (Osho)




Live purely.  Be quiet.

Do your work with mastery.

Like the moon, come out

from behind the clouds!

Shine.”    (Buddha)



“But there were some things I believed in.  Some things I had faith in.  And faith isn’t about perfect attendance to services, or how much money you put on the little plate.  It isn’t about going sky-clad to the Holy Rites, or meditating each day upon the divine.

Faith is about what you do.  It’s about aspiring to be better and nobler and kinder than you are. It’s about making sacrifices for the good of others – even when there’s not going to be anyone telling you what a hero you are.”    (Jim Butcher, Changes) 



“But there’s something in me that just keeps going on.  I think it has something to do with tomorrow – that there is always one, and that everything can change when it comes.”  (Augusten Burroughs)



“Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)  


“Our Life – Wishes – Meditation – Dogs and Angels”


“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”   (Marcus Aurelius, Meditations)



“You have power over your mind – not outside events.  Realize this, and you will find strength.”   (Marcus Aurelius, Meditations)



“Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens.”    (Tony DeLiso, Legacy:  The Power Within)



“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.”    (Old Zen Adage)



“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.”    (Dean Koontz)



“Dogs and angels … are not very far apart.”    (Charles Bukowski)


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