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Opening Doors

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When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

– Helen Keller

Letting Go

Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom.

– Sogyal Rinpoche, Glimpse After Glimpse

Walking to freedom

Walking to freedom

Risk Living Deeply Alive!

Dive deeply into the miracle of life and let the tips of your wings be burnt by the flame, let your feet be lacerated by the thorns, let your heart be stirred by human emotion, and let your soul be lifted beyond the earth.

– Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Call of the Dervish

Let your soul be lifted above the earth!

Let your soul be lifted above the earth!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

Flowers and unripe berries foreshadow the luscious blackberries

Flowers and unripe berries foreshadow the luscious blackberries

What we are today foreshadows what we will be in the future. According to Carl Jung,

The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.

For some reason, we human being struggle with that, We often try to be other than who we truly are. I noticed while on retreat last week as I plucked the wild blackberries that grew everywhere, how lovely they were as tender pink flowers. And I saw their promise as unripe green and red berries. Finally, when they got to their fat black lusciousness, they tasted so sweet. The berries (or pre-berries that foreshadowed them) were satisfied to be in whatever state they were in there becoming. May we become who we truly are as gracefully (and as tastefully) as they.

Merton . . . on Life

I’d like to remember this on those days that are hectic, when I am trying to accomplish too many tasks:

Take more time, cover less ground.

– Thomas Merton
Dancing in the Waters of Life

Maybe I could take a clue from this fellow.

Silence Gives us a New Perspective

I share a piece of wisdom from Mother Teresa today.

The trees, the flowers, the plants grow in silence.
The stars, the sun, the moon move in silence.
Silence gives us a new perspective.

– Blessed Mother Teresa.

Silence of the Moon, give us a new perspective

Another Encouragement to Slow Down

Yesterday Thomas Merton encouraged us to slow down. Today we hear from Bede Griffiiths.

So much of modern life is a feverish anticipation of future activity and excitement. We have to learn to step back from this into the freedom and possibility of the present.
– Fr. Bede Griffiths