“I do believe it is possible to create, even without writing a word or painting a picture, by simply molding one’s inner life.”
— Etty Hillesum quoted in “Nine Muses” by Angeles Arrien
“The art of relaxation brings out the power that exists within you. Through relaxation you can experience your infinite capacities. It is the art of making your mind still, and of focusing all your energy on the work you are doing, whatever it may be. Thus you will be able to bring out all your potential. Once you learn this art, everything happens spontaneously and effortlessly. For example, you want to memorize a speech or a poem; so you sit down and relax, dropping everything else from your mind, and you go through the subject just once – not a hundred times while forgoing food and sleep – and you get it, once and for all. It stays with you forever. Within the human mind infinite capacities lie hidden. It can accommodate the entire universe and all the knowledge in it. But we haven’t learned the art of tapping into infinite power of the mind.
—Amma, “Awaken Children” , Volume 8