To see a world in a grain of sand
and a heaven in a wild flower
To hold infinity in the palm of your
hand and eternity in an hour.
– William Blake
“ The first mystery is that there is a mystery. A mystery that can never be explained or understood. Only encountered from time to time. Nothing is obvious. Everything hides something else…..Spiritual awareness is born of encounters with the mystery.” Rabbi Lawrence Kushner SL p496
“The eye goes blind when it only wants to see why.” Rumi SL p496
“ Real faith means holding ourselves ope to the unconditional mystery which we encounter in every sphere of our life which cannot be compressed in any formula. Martin Buber SL 497
“You are hugged by the arms of the mystery of God.” Hildegard of Bingen SL p 497
“The sense of wonder is our sixth sense and it is a natural religious sense.” D H Lawrence SL p484
“Each grain of dust contains something marvellous but in order to understand it we have to recover the religious and magical sense of things that belong to primitive people.” Joan Miro – SL p 484
“Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry
moving through, and be silent.” Rumi – SL p484
“When we expand our awareness, strengthen our centre, clarify our purpose, transform our inner demons, develop our will and make conscious choices, we are moving toward deeper connection with our spiritual self.” Molly Young Brown, Psychotherapist – SL p29
“We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.” Thich Nhat Hanh SL p504
The foundation of all mental illness is the unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering. Carl Jung
He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment.
Obedience is detachment from the self. This is the most radical detachment of all. But what is the self? The self is the principle of reason and responsibility in us. It is the root of freedom, it is what makes us men.
The essence of the Way is detachment.
The monsters of our childhood do not fade away, neither are they ever wholly monstrous. But neither, in my experience, do we ever reach a plane of detachment regarding our parents, however wise and old we may become. To pretend otherwise is to cheat.
John le Carre
There is no detachment where there is no pain. And there is no pain endured without hatred or lying unless detachment is present too.
“Love is an attachment to another self. Humor is a form of self-detachment – a way of looking at one’s existence, one’s misfortune, or one’s discomfort. If you really love, if you really know how to laugh, the result is the same: you forget yourself.”
Claude Roy quotes (Canadian author 1915-1997)
“Love consists not in feeling great things but in having great detachment and in suffering for the Beloved.”
St. John of the Cross quotes (Christian mystic and poet, 1542-1591)
“Living in solitude, eating lightly, controlling the thought, word, and deed; ever absorbed in yoga of meditation, and taking refuge in detachment.”
Those who conquer their minds are beings of renunciation and detachment. They are beings of renunciation and detachment they are lovingly focused on the True One, they realize and understand themselves.
~ Guru Nanak (April 15, 1469 – )