The Heart of the Matter
August 12, 2009
101 Things I've Learned So Far


1. Everything I need is within me.
2. There is only NOW. The past is over. The future is a dream.
3. Love is the only game in town.
4. It's easy to forget. But it's also easy to remember.
5. Eventually we all have to let go (so why not let go now?)

6. Everything changes.
7. I am not the doer.
8. It feels good to give away stuff I don't really need.
9. I am never more than a breath away from fulfillment.
10. It's a huge help to have a teacher -- especially one I love.

11. Everything happens for the best.
12. Life is a gift.
13. I can't clean a muddy pond by poking at it with a stick.
14. Every time I point a finger, three are pointing back at me.
15. First effort, then grace.

16. It's a blessing to serve.
17. I am not here to teach anybody anything. I am here to love -- and the love will do the teaching.
18. There will never be peace on Earth until the people on Earth are at peace.
19. Worry is optional.
20. When I stop projecting my stuff on the universe, I begin to enjoy the real movie of life.


21. Marriage is a yoga.
22. Life is not supposed to be a struggle.
23. It's always helpful to be in the presence of a living Master.
24. Doubt is a killer. Give up doubt.
25. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like bananas. (Groucho Marx)

26. I am not taking anything with me that I don't already have.
27. It's impossible to understand the teachings of a Master with the mind. The mind can know about the truth, but it cannot experience the truth.
28. Life is not what you think.
29. Take more time to smell the roses (and plant some, too).
30. There is a feeling deep within my heart that is absolutely exquisite.


31. Wash your bowl.
32. There is a difference between desire and longing. Desire is wanting what I don't have. Longing is wanting what I do.
33. The world appears more beautiful the more beautiful I feel.
34. Time is an illusion.
35. Let go of letting go. Then let go of that, too.

36. There is nothing to be afraid of.
37. Drink more champagne.
38. Trust that which is trustworthy.
39. Stretch more.
40. Don't turn my point of view into a religion.

41. Be kinder.
42. Get enough rest.
43. Slow down. Less is more.
44. I am not a victim. No one has power over me.
45. I am responsible (and so are you).

46. Money is not the root of all evil. Ignorance of the truth is the root of all evil.
47. Most conversations are about the past, the future, or unfinished business.
48. Honor thy incarnation (Ram Dass)
49. When I'm not on the path, it's razor thin. When I'm on the path, it's a million miles wide.
50. One man's ceiling is another man's floor. (Paul Simon)


51. All Masters have said the same thing in different ways.
52. Everything I need is coming to me, and I already have everything I need.
53. Keep it simple.
54. We're all in this together.
55. When a pickpocket meets a saint, all he sees are pockets.

56. Ideas are sometimes more than ideas. They are inspirations from the beyond that need to be honored.
57. We all have a story to tell. Let's tell it already.
58. Learn from your mistakes.
59. Enjoy this "come as you are" party.
60. The goal is not perfection. The goal is to become fully awake.

61. Eat more sushi.
62. I can only take one breath at a time.
63. Life is a dance.
64. I am both the center of the universe and an extremely small particle of dust.
65. Drink more water.

66. The people I don't like often teach me more than my friends.
67. I am a nobleman. My father is the King.
68. Life is not so much about the what, but the how.
69. Be careful not to get addicted to my own story.
70. When you meet the Buddha on the road, ask him if he wants a foot massage.

71. Celebrate more.
72. Learn how to say no without being negative.
73. Each step is also an arrival.
74. There's nothing wrong with inconsistency. Yes there is.
75. Peace is possible on planet Earth.

76. Not everything that counts can be counted; and not everything that can be counted, counts. (Einstein)
77. Read all contracts carefully before signing them.
78. The mind is a chicken with its head cut off.
79. Breathe deep.
80. Ask for help.

81. Life is an open book. Write it.
82. Stop trying so hard.
83. Write a letter, by hand, once in a while.
84. It's not about what others think of me. It's what I think of myself. (PS: Who's doing the thinking?)
85. Confusion is just a word for an order that is not yet understood. (Henry Miller)

86. Be the same in a room full of people as I am when alone.
87. 60 is the new 59.
88. Every moment of life has the potential to be the best one yet.
89. Stop complaining.
90. Whatever I do, give it my best.

91. Listen more deeply.
92. Treasure my friends.
93. Be happy for others' successes.
94. Gratitude is the most authentic prayer.
95. God cannot be googled.

96. Practice Knowledge.
97. Pause.
98. I have no problems. The only problem I have is thinking I have problems.
99. Every cloud has a silver lining. Every silver lining has a golden lining.
100. Be a field big enough for others to dance in.
101. If I die today, I'll die a happy man.

How about YOU? What have YOU learned so far?

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at August 12, 2009 09:14 AM


helpful list.

Posted by: blancaoraa [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 29, 2008 07:43 AM

I enjoyed reading this,
Thank you,

Lori Amato

Posted by: lor [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 29, 2008 11:48 AM

Great posting Mitch...I'd add...
'all bad things come bearing gifts'...
just need the time and patience to look for those special gifts.

Posted by: sissy [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 11, 2008 08:32 AM

Thanks Mitch,

Posted by: Ian [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 14, 2009 07:18 AM

These are great! I would add:

Every breath is God kissing me.

Posted by: eddh [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 15, 2009 03:01 AM

Thanks Mitch, most are good.
If I could add: I forget the important, but I have a teacher whose nature is to remind me of it - such a deal........
This way I have an excuse to see and be with Him...Double deal............................................

Posted by: henryw [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 15, 2009 03:42 AM

How about: All conversations are either a request or a promise. Or they are really saying, "I love you", (Louis Armstrong).

Posted by: Jaimo [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 19, 2009 10:26 PM

Stop thinking, start feeling,
if you can't feel anything check your pulse!

Posted by: Eveline Dannenburg [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2009 09:32 PM

don't believe everything you think!

Posted by: Eveline Dannenburg [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2009 09:36 PM

its lucky to be with the living universe,
Mitch, am PWK from India

Posted by: Anil G [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 26, 2009 11:42 PM

realy feel it and enjoy it.How luckly we are with him.

Posted by: sellam [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 17, 2009 02:26 AM

realy feel it and enjoy it.How luckly we are with him.

Posted by: sellam [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 17, 2009 02:26 AM

100 and 1 Things I'll have to learn...(not exactly but the reminder is welcomed) thanks for sharing

Posted by: Pedro A [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 21, 2009 01:58 PM

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