I am increasingly convinced

that the word “prayer,” 

which has become a functional and pious thing

for believers to do,

was meant to be a descriptor

and an invitation to inner experience. 

When spiritual teachers invite us to “pray,”

they are in effect saying,

“Go inside and know for yourself!”

~Richard Rohr

(1943 to pres., Spiritual writer, and Franciscan priest)



The reason that remarkable stories of forgiveness

take our breath away

is that we instantly feel the liberation

in the lifting of boundaries,

the end of separation,

of “inside” and “outside.”

~Roshi Nancy Mujo Baker

(Zen teacher in the White Plum Asanga,

member of the Zen Peacemakers)


The worldly man asks God

for good health, money, and position—

all of which are perishable.

The man of God asks

for God alone.

~ Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj

(1921–1989, founder and head of Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission,

Indian mystic Urdu poet, Master Saint of Surat Shabd Yoga)

All One

We are separate and individual in certain ways,

and in other ways that separateness is a fiction.

And who we are is related to a whole

so much bigger than that small,

separate sense of self.

~Jack Kornfield

(1945 to pres., Clinical Psychologist

And Buddhist teacher)


We need to know at different times in our day

what element of mindfulness

is really helpful to us.

Is it investigative awareness?

Is it learning to reframe our perceptions?

Or is it learning to draw

on the extended family of mindfulness:

of kindness, compassion, and joyfulness? 

~Christina Feldman

(1952 to pres., Teacher at Insight Meditation Society

and co-founder of Gaia House in England)

Painted With Light

I asked a hundred painters

and a hundred poets
how to paint sunlight
on the face of life.
Their answers were ambiguous and ingenuous
as if they were all guarding trade secrets.
Whereas it seems to me
all you have to do
is conceive of the whole world
and all humanity
as a kind of art work
a site-specific art work
an art project of the God of Light
the whole earth and all that’s in it
to be painted with light.

~Lawrence Ferlinghetti

(1919 to pres., American Poet and Publisher)

Love The World

Do not be scared of the world.

It’s hard to love the world

when we are scared of the world.

All the earth,

of which humans are made,

needs love at this time.

~Lyla June

(Dine Navajo musician, scholar,

and community organizer)  


Do not try to save the whole world

or do anything grandiose.

Instead, create a clearing

in the dense forest of your life

and wait there, patiently

until the song that is your life

falls into your own cupped hands

and you recognize and greet it.

Only then will you know how

to give yourself to this world

so worthy of rescue.

~Martha Postlethwaite

(Minister, author, recovery counselor)