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Interior World

August 26, 2019

Many of us have a strong habit

of getting bogged down

by the exterior aspects of life:

politics, news, work, relationships, and finances

to name a few.

This can cause us to feel

that we’re stuck with a life

that is devoid of meaning and joy.

Not only that, but this can bind us

to a limiting version of reality,

and we suffer as its consequence.

The interior world of mind and heart

are neglected when our whole focus

is given to external values.

Therefore, spiritual teachings

often invite us to pause

and turn our attention inward

to cultivate the wealth of wisdom,

love, and compassion.

~Anam Thubten

(Tibetan Buddhist teacher in the Nyingma tradition)

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Making Light

August 25, 2019

We are candles burning,

sometimes sputtering,

sometimes steady,

with the same task

as the stars

in their majesty

making light.

~Elias Amidon

(Spiritual Director of the Open Path and Sufi Way)

Imperfections

August 24, 2019

Perfection is overrated, boring.

It’s the imperfections—

the vulnerabilities, the weaknesses,

the human elements—

that make us who we are,

that make us real,

beautiful…necessary.

~Guy Harrison

(1963 to pres., American author)

Sacred Tree

August 23, 2019

It may be that some little root

of the sacred tree still lives.

Nourish it then,

that it may leaf and bloom

and fill with singing birds.

~Black Elk

(1863-1950, Oglala Sioux Elder)

Turn It Over

August 22, 2019

I just needed

to turn my life over

to whoever came up with

redwood trees.

~Jane Hirshfield

(1953 to pres., American Poet)

All Is Love

August 21, 2019

Every word of every tongue is
Love telling a story to her own ears.
Every thought in every mind,
She whispers a secret to her own Self.
Every vision in every eye,
She shows her beauty to her own sight.
Every smile on every face,
She reveals her own joy for herself to enjoy.

Love courses through everything,
No, Love is everything.
How can you say, there is no love,
when nothing but Love exists?
All that you see has appeared because of Love.
All shines from Love,
All pulses with Love,
All flows from Love–
No, once again, all IS Love!

~Fakhruddin Iraqi
(1213-1289. Persian poet)

 

Oneness With God

August 20, 2019

A fish cannot drown in water,
A bird does not fall in air.
In the fire of creation,
God doesn’t vanish:
The fire brightens.
Each creature God made
must live in its own true nature;
How could I resist my nature,
That lives for oneness with God?

~Mechthild of Magdeburg
(1207 – 1297, Christian medieval mystic)