Diving into that forbidden topic: Yourself. This is a merciless probe into who we are: A curiosity about our own honesty, A curiosity that can heal.

The human mind also manifests visibly when it is attracted and fixated by things.

When the thought is within, the impression appears outwardly.

Yagyu Munenori

When you recognize nature and accord with its flow,
there is no more elation, and no more sorrow.

It is the mind
that is the mind
confusing the mind.
Do not leave the mind,
O mind,
to the mind.

- Yagyu Munenori (1632)

Dust and dirt adhere to an unpolished gem, but a perfectly polished gem will not be dirtied even if it falls into mud.

Polish the gem of your mind by spiritual cultivation so that it is impervious to stain, leaving sickness of the mind alone and giving up concern.

Yagyu Munenori

A monk asked an ancient worthy, “What is the Way?”

He replied, “The normal mind is the Way.”

Yagyu Munenori

Thinking unhurriedly, determine that today you will overcome your self of the day before, tomorrow you will win over those of lesser skill, and later you will win over those of greater skill.

Miyamoto Musashi

If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.

T. Harv Eker (via purplebuddhaproject)