Ilchi Lee is a meditation expert and New York Times bestselling author whose mind-body teachings are rooted in ancient Taoism. His teachings of Brain Education emphasize using the power of the brain to design the life you want, which starts by connecting within. In his newest book, Connect: How to Find Clarity and Expand Your Consciousness with Pineal Gland Meditation, Lee lays out simple solutions for everyday problems through meditation, personal development, and inner focus.
Use these 5 Ilchi Lee quotes to help you find that connection within to become the master of your life:
“To connect with ourselves, we have to turn our focus inward.”
When you look around yourself, what do you see? Objects, people, nature…these are characteristics of the visible world. The visible world tends to dominate our lives and make us grow distant from our true selves.
But, if we practice to turn our focus inward, we can see the “invisible world,” which can connect us to our needs, wants, dreams, and true nature. When you’re able to self-reflect, then you can learn that the primary cause of your problems is not outside influences like relationships, but in how connected you are to yourself.
“In order to be the master of your life, you must first recognize that you are the rightful master of your brain, its owner and operator.”
Don’t underestimate the power of your brain. Your brain is equipped with everything you need to create your life the way you want, no matter the circumstances life has thrown at you. To be the master of your brain, you need to fully accept the responsibilities of being its owner by understanding that everything you do, think, feel, and create is a power that you have.
“What we should really fear is being alienated from ourselves, not being alienated by others.”
How often do you check in on your best friend to make sure they’re okay? Probably every day, right? That being said, how often do you check in on yourself to make sure you’re okay? Most people would say not as often. Have you ever once thought about becoming best friends with yourself?
When we are alienated and not connected with ourselves, we neglect ourselves and usually don’t know our inner worth. Inner worth is a value that only you can have and it’s not something that can be found outside of yourself. Those who truly connect with themselves can live their own authentic lives, not the lives expected of them or imposed on them by society or other people.
“You can love others only as much as you love yourself.”
Your relationships with others reflect your relationship with yourself. How can you sincerely love others when you can’t love yourself? Most people talk about sharing unconditional love but they often expect something in return to fill the emptiness they feel inside. If you are well connected with yourself, you can achieve balance in your relationships and see the value you have inside that doesn’t need to be filled with other people’s attention and desires.
“We need to discover who we really are to escape from suffering.”
Life has its ups and downs. As much as we want to hold on to positive experiences, suffering is inevitable. While that can seem discouraging, it can actually be empowering because even though you can’t avoid hardships, you can change how you respond to them. And when you objectively look at all the things you went through, you can find solutions, forgiveness, acceptance, and peace within by digging deep and connecting with your true self.
Remember, you are in charge of your life, no one else. Use these quotes and love yourself enough to put in the effort and create the needed connection within!
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