The Heart of the Matter
July 07, 2016
101 Things I've Learned So Far

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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 I 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, there are three 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 life.

21. Marriage is a yoga.

22. Life is not supposed to be a struggle.

23. Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby.

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. Don't take myself so seriously.

28. Life is not what I think.

29. Take more time to smell the roses (and plant some, too).

30. There is a feeling deep within me that is absolutely exquisite.

31. Chop wood. Carry water. Floss.

32. There is a difference between desire and longing. Desire is wanting what I don't have. Longing is wanting what I do.

33. People appear more beautiful the more beautiful I feel.

34. Thirst is a good thing.

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. I don't really need anyone's approval.

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 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.

57. We all have a story to tell. Let's tell it already.

58. Learn from mistakes.

59. Enjoy this "come as you are" party.

60. The goal is not perfection. The goal is to become fully awake.

61. Say YES!

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 I 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.

80. Ask for help.

81. God is in the details.

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.

85. When I find a pair of pants I really like, buy two.

86. Be the same in a room full of people as I am when I'm all alone.

87. 69 is the new 68.

88. Forgive.

89. Stop complaining.

90. Treat people to dinner.

91. Listen more deeply.

92. The average life span is 25,500 days.

93. Be happy for others' successes.

94. Gratitude is the most authentic prayer.

95. Don't judge the judgers for judging.

96. Practice Knowledge.

97. Pause before committing.

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. I can't miss the boat I'm already on.

A big help, for me, along the way

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at July 7, 2016 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

Thank for your beatiful post, sometimes we are not aware, we forget...

Posted by: audrey [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 13, 2010 09:48 AM

i likes lists~! esp yourses

Posted by: Jaimo [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 15, 2010 03:57 PM

Refreshing!!! Thanks!!!!

Posted by: j bhutu-ji [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 16, 2012 12:54 PM

A great one, Mitch. Thanks and have a nice, peaceful, grateful, happy new year !

Posted by: Pierre Boquie [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 2, 2013 06:52 AM

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