Being Touched by Mystery

“The mystery of God touches us — or does not — in the smallest details: giving a strawberry, with love; receiving a touch, with love; sharing the snapdragon red of an autumn sunset, with love.”

  • Marion Woodman, Coming Home to Myself

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Be the Artist . . . . Be the Healer

“At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer.”

  • Rachel Naomi Remen

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Finding the Still Point

“At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God, which is never at our disposal, from which God disposes our lives, which is inaccessible to the fantasies of our own mind or the brutalities of our own will. This little point of nothingness and of absolute poverty is the pure glory of God in us… It is like a pure diamond, blazing with the invisible light of heaven. It is in everybody, and if we could see it we would see these billions of points of light coming together in the face and blaze of a sun that would make all the darkness and cruelty of life vanish completely…I have no program for this seeing.  It is only given.  But the gate of heaven is everywhere.”

  • Thomas Merton

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Forgiveness Opens Prison Doors

Ground Zero Museum

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that led to my freedom, I know if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I would still be in prison.”

  • Nelson Mandela

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Being Happy when It Is Crazy

“Anyone can be happy when they get what they want; the challenge is to stay grateful and peaceful even when the world around you feels crazy and dangerous and horrible.”

  • Elizabeth Gilbert

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Animals Are People, Too

“Animals are people, too. As are plants. And water. And soil. This is the fundamental insight at the heart of all eco-spiritual work. But to get that insight, we have to get with the big picture. To get that insight, we have to climb a tree.”

  • Clark Strand, Trees, Butterflies, and the Buddhist Moral Life

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A Spiritual Journey

And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles,
no matter how long
but only by a spiritual journey,
a journey of one inch,
very arduous and humbling and joyful,
by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,
and learn to be at home.

– Wendell Berry

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Let Us Not Forget All We Are Given

“A sick sparrow remembered the beneficence of someone who cared for it. A captured tortoise did not forget the beneficence of someone who helped release it. How sad that some human faces lack the virtue of these creatures.”

  • Eihei Dogen

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Open Heart of the Rose

“How did the rose ever open its heart and give to this world all of its beauty? It felt the encouragement of Light against its being; otherwise we all remain too frightened.”

  • Hafiz, Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

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Finding God

“I know plenty of people who find God most reliably in books, in buildings, and even in other people. I have found God in all of these places too, but the most reliable meeting place for me has always been creation. Since I first became aware of the Divine Presence in that lit-up field in Kansas, I have known where to go when my own flame is guttering. To lie with my back flat on the fragrant ground is to receive a transfusion of the same power that makes the green blade rise. To remember that I am dirt and to dirt I shall return is to be given my life back again, if only for one present moment at a time. Where other people see acreage, timber, soil, and river frontage, I see God’s body, or at least as much of it as I am able to see. In the only wisdom I have at my disposal, the Creator does not live apart from creation but spans and suffuses it. When I take a breath, God’s Holy Spirit enters me. When a cricket speaks to me, I talk back. Like everything else on earth, I am an embodied soul, who leaps to life when I recognize my kin. If this makes me a pagan, then I am a grateful one.”

  • Barbara Brown Taylor

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