Some daily quick quotes, just from us and just for you.
You’ll find below a growing collection of little ideas, snippets, quotations and paraphrases from our work. This is the stuff we come up with together, and then we post it to David’s Twitter feed (@DavidGraystone1). We hope you’ll get a little daily charge from them. As always, if you have questions, you can drop us a note through our contact form.
Our best to you, always,
David & Kathryn
When you know the joy of true spiritual growth, you’ve no need to badger others to do it your way. Love each moment deeply and peacefully.
The path to spiritual growth is ultimately solitary, and lies within. Clarify your inner dialogue and take courage. Peace is within reach.
Personal growth: see every moment as an opportunity to learn & love, rather than as a bit of time to kill while waiting for something else.
The beauty of spiritual growth is that it’s personal, uniquely experienced, and not dependent on validation by others. Love the journey!
The idea that spiritual growth is impossible unless you subscribe to someone else’s personal or religious beliefs is nonsense. Don’t buy it.
Personal growth isn’t only about the kinds of success that are obvious to others. You don’t have to be “doing” every second to be growing.
Spiritual growth isn’t a product of fear or threats of divine retribution. Honesty & kindness to self and others will pave your way.
If you seek greater simplicity and peace, stop clocking your life and worrying about others’ opinions of your choices. Be yourself, always.
Being convinced that yours is the only path to spiritual growth is a sure sign that you still have a lot to learn. Keep your mind open.
Anger, even when justified, is you shunting emotional energy into hostility toward others. How’s that working for your spiritual growth?
We see people making themselves miserable, regardless of their circumstances. Why is it hard to believe they can also make themselves happy?
You can open yourself to learning from all sources, or blindly obey dogma. Spiritual growth and greater compassion flow from the former.
Your happiness is yours alone. Learn to control its flow from the unique wellspring within you. You are completely responsible for this.
Spiritual growth: unique joy flows from deep within you. It may (or may NOT) also validate others’ beliefs. If not, that’s their problem.
Spiritual growth results from living your ideals in each moment. Forget about “spreading the word.” Proselytizing is about ego, not faith.
Each moment is an opportunity to know peace; each allows you to choose joy. Your spiritual growth will flow from “being,” not “pursuing.”
Institutions that claim to serve your spiritual growth have no business putting their needs before yours. Your faith needn’t be blind.
Live your own unique joy in every moment, with every breath. Then you don’t need to spread the word. In those moments, you ARE the word.
Fear, anger and sadness are obstacles to personal and spiritual growth. So why do so many of us insist on “growing our own?” Release them…
Self-acceptance, total honesty and intentional clarity are keys to and signs of spiritual growth. Respect others’ choices; be at peace.
If you suffer from conflicting beliefs, cognitive dissonance will take over. Spiritual growth requires HONEST resolution, not ego-blindness.
You don’t find personal growth; it finds you when you try to live by your own highest ideals every day. It’s the by-product, not the reward.
If you accept that your joy will be like nobody else’s, you must accept that your path will be like nobody else’s. It’s PERSONAL growth.
The language of your internal dialogue is the key to building an ongoing state of intentional clarity. That’s your base for personal growth.
The adversarial model isn’t a blueprint for peace or happiness; rather, it leads to continuous conflict. Make friends, not enemies.
To encourage spiritual growth (and grow yourself), LEAD BY EXAMPLE. Trying to convert others or demanding they do it your way won’t work.
Your ego and expectations are yours alone. Maintain ownership. Sacrifice them for nobody. Personal growth does NOT require that.
We all create self-fulfilling expectations. If you see spiritual growth and life itself as struggles, then you’re going to struggle.
In encouraging spiritual growth, you must abandon vocabulary only your fellow believers already understand. Otherwise, nobody will listen.
Personal and spiritual growth require the fearless exploration of ideas and possibilities – not just coloring between lines drawn by others.
Joy, like pain and suffering, will endure — IF you allow it to do so. Develop intentional clarity; define your joy; live from with it.
Spiritual and personal growth require you to define your own paths. If you simply obey or follow others, who did the growing? You – or them?
Want to grow spiritually and be great? Live your own highest ideals daily without worrying about whether you’re seen as great. Be yourself.
You’re in no position to judge another’s spiritual growth, especially if you think he must share your faith or your way for it to be real.
To assume your chosen path to spiritual growth is the only possibility is the height of arrogance – a barrier to true growth & compassion.
Personal growth may require sacrifices — but it’s not just about what you give up. It’s about what you seek and how you seek it. Be clear.
Personal growth isn’t a race. Pay more attention to content than speed, and your growth will be richer and more fulfilling. Breathe….
Religious zealotry and evangelical impulses often go hand in hand with cognitive dissonance – a recipe for conflict & inner blindness.
If choosing between teachings that require blind obedience to dogma, and those inspiring us to find our own way to joy, we’ll take door #2.
Spiritual growth demands a type of brutal honesty about oneself that defeats most people. They’d rather talk the talk than walk the walk.
“Love your neighbor” involves neither judgment nor control by you, nor his agreement to believe and act as you do. PS: we’re ALL neighbors.
True kindness is not judgmental, selective, restricted to only a few, or reserved for those who share your faith, beliefs or opinions.
Be careful about “truths” you offer others. The real truth – spiritual or otherwise – is almost never one-sided. Divest yourself of bias.
To love others, learn to love yourself first. Spiritual growth is then possible, as love is boundless — but it’s neither blind nor stupid.
A Christian who attacks someone’s atheism to validate his own faith needs more spiritual help than the atheist. Better to lead by example.
Tired of those saying they know what God wants for us. That’s both presumptuous, and impossible if you believe in an infinite Divine.
You don’t need to pay others for your personal growth. You have inside the tools you need already. It’s about discovering your own power.
Spiritual growth doesn’t start from embracing a cause or a faith; it starts with learning to embrace yourself, warts and all. Clarity…
It costs so little to perform small, random acts of kindness, and it feels so good. Don’t turn such acts into transactions.
To love, you must first strip the armor from your heart, so that you can give it without reservation…and without fear. Take courage…
The three biggest obstacles to personal and spiritual growth are fear, anger & sadness. They feed each other, but you can starve them all.
You can’t buy spiritual growth just by donating money. Instead, work at becoming a living example of your highest ideals. Live it daily.
Each to his own beliefs – but it saddens me to see how many think personal growth means obedience.
Those who say spiritual growth means replacing lies with truth usually want you to replace your current beliefs with THEIR truth. Rubbish.
Live your joy with every breath, and view the world from within a state of intentional clarity. Don’t wait around for some prize at the end.
Personal growth requires lifelong learning. If you’re content with only your current store of knowledge and experience, you’ll get nowhere.
Choosing the least painful of the options you now face may relieve you temporarily, but it’s not true spiritual growth. It’s avoidance.
If you speak of spirituality, don’t dress your meaning in language that belongs in a revival meeting. Express your truth simply and clearly.
Self-esteem is about SELF, including certainty in your own nature and worth, without reference to the looks or expectations of others.
The potential for personal and spiritual growth is ALWAYS inside you. What you choose to do with it is another matter entirely.
Listen to your gut. Personal growth isn’t discomfort. It’s the positive steps you take and long-term changes you make in response to it.
The language you use in your head creates self-fulfilling prophecies. Do you really want to use market-driven pop-culture crapola in there?
Anger, felt and expressed, is natural. Anger, held and inflamed, pollutes your spirit, even when you can justify it objectively. Calm down.
The peace you seek is flows from emotional, spiritual and intellectual clarity about your true nature, needs and desires. Go gently….
Every moment gives you another chance to know peace, if you can define it on your own terms. How many more moments will you let slide by?
Your happiness isn’t like anybody else’s, so don’t pursue what pleases others. Look within to learn the nature of your own peace and joy.
Those who tell you the path to spiritual growth is through obedience are sadly deluded — and they’re misleading you badly.
Signs of spiritual growth: peace, contentment, balance, awareness of multiple “paths,” and no need for others to validate your happiness.
Those who force moral absolutes on you are more interested in controlling your behavior than in your spiritual or personal growth.
Those who tell you that you have only so many chances in life have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about. You have all you need.
If you continue to accept without question the spiritual and personal values you acquired as you grew up, no growth is possible.
To disrespect others is to disrespect yourself — a critical barrier to spiritual and personal growth. Be kind to yourself.
News flash: happiness isn’t something you “find” or “get.” It’s an ongoing state of being you can learn to create with every breath.
To help others, help yourself first. Meddling in others’ spiritual lives as a way to fix your own does NOT work — ever. Grow yourself.
When you obsess over past negative events in life, you walk backwards into the future, thereby stunting spiritual and personal growth. Stop.
Good self-esteem flows in part from knowing that you NEVER have to sacrifice your own ego or expectations to validate somebody else’s.
If you teach “personal growth,” speak to people in terms they grasp from their own experience. Otherwise, the lesson becomes mumbo-jumbo.
A look at popular culture reveals you that you can’t let language shape your goals and self-esteem. It should be the other way around.
If you define your joy in comparison to that of others, whatever happiness you feel will be fleeting at best. Your happiness isn’t relative.
People’s inner dialogues are full of clutter. Personal growth, regardless of direction, requires that you simplify and clarify. Then act.
Want to lead spiritually? Then do it by example, instead of proselytizing, browbeating or pushing fuzzy affirmations on those seeking aid.
Moments of spiritual growth belong to you. If you feel you MUST share so that others will validate your growth, something is wrong.
Personal growth and spiritual growth don’t require that you jump on a flavor-of-the-month bandwagon in order to get somewhere. Be yourself.
Righteous anger usually equates to self-righteous anger because somebody wouldn’t validate your beliefs at the expense of their own.
Quit making huge causes into parts of your ego. You’ll solve nothing, and you’ll become part of the whole “us-and-them” problem.
Inspirations: people who are living examples of their own highest ideals. Their joy flows from who they are and how they live each moment.
There’s a special place in hell for those who insist on “saving” others spiritually. Clean up your own mess first, and then go away.
Famous people who rant endlessly about how much better, smarter and wiser they are than others reveal small minds and bruised egos.
Take inspiration from real lives and conduct exemplifying key ideals, rather than from the merely famous, infamous or iconically stupid.
Writing about spirituality isn’t a license to dump on readers with gushing, purple, generalized lingo that sounds spiritual but says little.
Each moment is a chance to know peace and contentment that you create yourself — so don’t waste even one moment on self-pity.
Your capacity for personal growth isn’t diminished by age, unless you surrender it to conventional thinking or the demands of others.
Don’t be confused by rewards. They’re nice, but they’re not necessarily reflective of ongoing personal growth or contentment. Look within.
Joy flows from understanding your true nature and true needs, rather than from your validation of others’ beliefs. Your joy is your own.
A wise person observed how few material things he needed or wanted in order to be happy. Happiness isn’t relative; it comes from within.
If you want personal growth through looking at yourself, then get your eyes checked first. You may need help in order to see yourself truly.
Running from pain and anxiety is mere flight. Learning to eliminate them by changing your inner dialogue and landscape IS personal growth.
You need both sides of your brain to know joy. To give up the gifts of one half of yourself is to embrace deliberate dysfunction. Stay real.
Choose a path leading you toward something wonderful, rather than away from something negative: personal and spiritual growth.
Things that interfere with your daily joy are sourced in your feeling that you must satisfy the expectations of others before your own.
The honesty and clarity of your inner dialogue determine your ability to define the state of being you desire, and your means to achieve it.
So many people telling us to grow spiritually by becoming followers of their path, which they push as the only true one. Tiring…and WRONG.
Opportunities for spiritual growth abound. However, if you act in the expectation of having others see you grow, you’re wasting your time.
Spiritual growth and personal development involve work. Neither targets irresponsible self-entitlement as a goal. Stay honest and humble.
To work effectively with affirmations, you must define your own. You won’t reach your goals by way of the vocabulary of others. Clarity…
Those who invite you to join them in spiritual growth by teaching you “powers” are really inviting you to join a cult. Run for your life.
If somebody tells you HIS religion is YOUR path to personal growth, he’s validating his ego-beliefs at your expense. Look elsewhere…fast.
Definitions of personal growth that require you to accept another’s beliefs over your own aren’t just useless — they’re offensive.
Spiritual growth: if you believe in the concept of the Word, then clarify your own internal dialogue before telling others what to believe.
Corporate culture depends on a unified corporate belief system & vocabulary to which all stakeholders subscribe. Without these, chaos.
To depend on affirmations without clarifying the vocabulary of your own internal dialogue is, at best, wasted effort. At worst, it’s lunacy.
Your need to anthropomorphize an omniscient deity to comfort you doesn’t change the Universal Principle’s nature. It messes with your ego.
Having faith does NOT mean you may ignore your own responsibilities as human being because someone or something else is watching over you.
To be truly charitable, an act must be selfless, without contemplation of any kind of personal returns (including boosts to your own ego).
I have no more patience for door-to-door evangelists than I do for intrusive telemarketers. Validate your ego-beliefs elsewhere, please.
Learn to achieve a continuous state of intentional clarity. This magnifies the potential for personal and spiritual growth.
Personal growth: the process of learning your true nature and real needs, and the finding a means to realize them honestly and humanely.
Spiritual growth: before you try to “help” others, learn to know and help yourself first. Otherwise, your good intentions muddy the waters.
Gurus: spiritual aid requiring a recipient to buy into your beliefs as part of your package isn’t helpful OR spiritual – it’s your ego.
There’s a great difference between teaching by example, and proselytizing. Amazing how many zealous folk just don’t get it.
Know yourself; define your best ideals; then live them honestly and conscientiously, without requiring others’ validation: PERSONAL GROWTH.
You won’t achieve personal growth by doing what you’ve always done, only harder, with the expectation that you’ll get different results.
If you want to find clarity, learn to clear the clutter of pop culture, packaged faith and others’ expectations from your internal dialogue.
If you’re always afraid of making mistakes (an ego thing), you won’t act. Then opportunities for personal growth never arise. Venture…
If you never question the beliefs and assumptions you’ve tied to your ego over a lifetime, you drastically limit your personal growth.
If you seek personal growth, free your internal dialogue from marketplace definitions of happiness. Task: create your own unique definition.
In achieving personal growth, I must first truly understand where I am before I can decide where I want to be. Growth requires a foundation.
Religious leaders insist that you achieve peace their way (“the one true way”). This has no purpose but to validate a faith’s group ego.
Assuming that anyone else can define your joy for you is a mistake. A spiritual teacher’s job is to help you learn to define your own joy.
A spiritual teacher is someone who helps you find YOUR path, as opposed to demanding you follow HIS or HER path.
I’m amazed at how many tweeted definitions of spirituality require readers to surrender their own values to validate the writers’ beliefs.
When an institutional religion can no longer communicate the mythic divine to those who trying to listen, its credibility is shot.
Abandon the vocabulary of political correctness in your head. Its purpose is to control your thinking and invalidate your personal beliefs.
Those who tell you to shut off one half of your brain so that you can feel mindless “transcendence” are, at best, grossly misguided.
If you insist on using nasty labels to describe those groups with whom you disagree, you invest your ego in “us and them.” Stop doing that.
Be careful: if you treat personal growth strictly as goal-directed process, you may lose your sense of each moment as a chance at joy.
I’ve no respect for supposed spiritual leaders who demand I validate their beliefs by surrendering my own. That’s NOT the way.
Clarity of thought requires the ability to speak with yourself simply and accurately. Language IS power.
When you’re laughing for real, you get to disengage briefly from past and future — it’s joy without an agenda.
When you can stop measuring your own happiness in terms of work-and-reward or the expectations of others, you’re on your way.
There is no magical secret to the attainment of personal peace — only clarity, and the will to act from that intentional state of being.