Food for thought – some quotes to chew over:
One must still have chaos in one, to give birth to a dancing star
Everything that is in the heavens, in the earth, and under the earth is penetrated with connectedness, penetrated with relatedness.
Hildegarde of Bingen
Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves… Don’t search for the answers,which could not be given you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it live your way into the answer.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Look to this day, for it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course lie all the realities and verities of existence, the bliss of growth, the splendour of action, the glory of power – for yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.
~ Sanskrit Proverb ~
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without words. And never stops – at all.
Though the human body is born complete in one moment, the human heart is never completely born. It is being birthed in every experience of your life. Everything that happens to you has the potential to deepen you. It brings to birth within you new territories of the heart.
Love is the nature of the soul. When we love and allow ourselves to be loved, we begin more and more to inhabit the kingdom of the eternal.
To love someone is to know the song of their heart, and to sing it to them when they have forgotten the words.
John O’Donohue, ‘Anam Cara’
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whosoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and their eyes are dimmed.
There is an unprecedented spiritual hunger in our times. More and more people are awakening to the inner world. A thirst and hunger for the eternal is coming alive in their souls; this is a new form of consciousness.
John O’Donohue, Anam Cara
As I come to a mellow, even, peaceful awareness of my limited grasp of truth, I don’t need to defend myself against people or experiences which might hold new or challenging information. I become open to these truths that reside, half-hidden, and often surprising, in my own and other’s journeys. And this is a gift, a rare treasure – freeing me to understand rather than to be understood; calling me to fewer words, to awareness, to humility, to patience, to laughter, to tenderness, to listening, to dancing in the rain, to waiting on that God who always welcomes home a mellow heart.
Peter Millar, Waymarks,
When a man dwells in the solitude of silence, and meditation and contemplation are ever with him… and his thoughts and words and body are in peace… then this man has risen on the mountain of the highest: he is worthy to be one with Brahman, with God.
Living in the second half of life, I no longer have to prove that I or my group is the best, that my ethnicity is superior, that my religion is the only one that God loves, or that my role and place in society deserve superior treatment. I am not preoccupied with collecting more goods and services; quite simply, my desire and effort—every day—is to pay back, to give back to the world a bit of what I have received. I now realize that I have been gratuitously given to–from the universe, from society, and from God. I try now, as Elizabeth Seton said, “to live simply so that others can simply live.”
From Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, p. 121
The marketplace is as good a place for silence as the monastery, for silence is the absence of the ego.
Anthony De Mello
There is a Spirit that is mind and life, light and truth and vast spaces. He contains all works and desires and all perfumes and tastes. He enfolds the whole universe, and in silence is loving to all. This is the Spirit that is in my heart, smaller than a grain of rice, or a grain of barley, or a grain of canary-seed, or the kernel of a grain of canary-seed. This is the Spirit that is in my heart, greater than the earth, greater than the sky, greater than all these worlds.
Look up from your life. There’s a river running under your feet, under this house, under this street, straight from the heart, ancient and sweet, on its way back home. Look up from your life
In repentance (returning) and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength.
The Bible, Isaiah 30:15
Be still, and know that I am God.
The Bible, Psalm 46:10
“What human life needs is not a divine rescue. What we need is a life so open, so free, so whole, and so loving that, when we experience that life, we are called into the reality of love. We are opened to the source of love and enter the empowering presence of love. Such a life then becomes our doorway into the infinite and inexhaustible power of love. I call that love God. I see it in Jesus of Nazareth, and I find myself called into a new being, a boundary-free humanity, and made whole in its presence. So God was in Christ, I say. Jesus thus reveals the source of love, and then he calls us to enter it.”
John Shelby Spong, ‘A New Christianity for a New World’