You are not big enough to accuse the whole age effectively, but let us say you are in dissent. You are in no position to issue commands, but you can speak words of hope. Shall this be the substance of your message? Be human in this most inhuman of ages; guard the image of man for it is the image of God. –Thomas Merton
I will find new meaning in every joy and sorrow… I will see another world where the end is another beginning. ~Rumi
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”
“Feelings come & go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ~Thích Nhất Hạnh
What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it. ~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery
When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. ~La Rouchefoucauld
“In looking out upon the world, we forget that the world is looking at itself.” Alan Watts
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. ~ Rumi
The wound is the place where the Light enters you. ~ Rumi
If words come out of the heart, they will enter the heart. ~ Rumi
“To love beauty is to see light.” ~ Victor Hugo
No mud, no Lotus. – Thích Nhất Hạnh
Every person has an important place to fill in this world. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
Be your own sunshine
If you are not loving to yourself, how can you be loving to others?
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.~ Mahatma Gandhi
Be gentle. Be kind. Be loving to everyone …including Yourself.
Bloom where you are planted. ~Mother Jones
Thanks to Pinar Akal
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
― Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation
“You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.”
― Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
Wisdom is being & action directed via the lens of higher-order values and experience.
152. There is one particular way of listening to what the Lord wishes to tell us in his word and of letting ourselves be transformed by the Spirit. It is what we call lectio divina. It consists of reading God’s word in a moment of prayer and allowing it to enlighten and renew us. This prayerful reading of the Bible is not something separate from the study undertaken by the preacher to ascertain the central message of the text; on the contrary, it should begin with that study and then go on to discern how that same message speaks to his own life. The spiritual reading of a text must start with its literal sense. Otherwise we can easily make the text say what we think is convenient, useful for confirming us in our previous decisions, suited to our own patterns of thought. Ultimately this would be tantamount to using something sacred for our own benefit and then passing on this confusion to God’s people. We must never forget that sometimes “even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor 11:14).
153. In the presence of God, during a recollected reading of the text, it is good to ask, for example: “Lord, what does this text say to me? What is it about my life that you want to change by this text? What troubles me about this text? Why am I not interested in this? Or perhaps: What do I find pleasant in this text? What is it about this word that moves me? What attracts me? Why does it attract me?” When we make an effort to listen to the Lord, temptations usually arise. One of them is simply to feel troubled or burdened, and to turn away. Another common temptation is to think about what the text means for other people, and so avoid applying it to our own life. It can also happen that we look for excuses to water down the clear meaning of the text. Or we can wonder if God is demanding too much of us, asking for a decision which we are not yet prepared to make. This leads many people to stop taking pleasure in the encounter with God’s word; but this would mean forgetting that no one is more patient than God our Father, that no one is more understanding and willing to wait. He always invites us to take a step forward, but does not demand a full response if we are not yet ready. He simply asks that we sincerely look at our life and present ourselves honestly before him, and that we be willing to continue to grow, asking from him what we ourselves cannot as yet achieve.
To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that Love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name. – Thomas Merton
Even a nine-storied terrace began with a single basket of dirt.
Even a 1,000 mile journey began as a single step.*
Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be
At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want
Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you
Music in the soul can be heard by the universe
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage
Great acts are made up of small deeds
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step
To lead people, walk beside them… As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate… When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves
A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving
From caring comes courage
Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it
To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty
Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.
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