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More Light

January 15, 2019

The more light

you allow within you,

the brighter the world

you live in will be.

~Shakti Gawain

(1948-2018 Spiritual Teacher)

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If You Knew

January 14, 2019

Forget your life.

Say, “God is Great!”

Get up!

You think you know what time it is.

It’s time to pray.

You’ve carved so may little figurines, too many.

Don’t knock on any random door like a beggar.

Reach your long hand out to another door,

beyond where you go on the street,

the street where everyone says “How are you?”

and no one says “How aren’t you?”

Tomorrow you’ll see what you’ve

broken and torn tonight,

thrashing in the dark.

Inside you there’s an artist

you don’t know about.

He’s not interested in how things look different

in the moonlight.

If you are here unfaithfully,

you’re causing terrible damage.

If you’ve opened your loving

to God’s Love,

you’re helping people you don’t know

and have never seen.

Is what I say true?

Say “Yes!” quickly,

If you know this truth,

you’ve known it from before

the beginning of the universe.

~Mavlana Jalaladin Rumi

(1207-1273, Persian Poet and Mystic)

 

Mindfulness

January 13, 2019

Mindfulness teaches us to reclaim

our capacity for appreciation.

We learn to cultivate

many moments when we pause,

step out of our busyness and our stories,

and truly see what is before us,

to listen wholeheartedly, to be touched,

and to make room for joy.

We sit in meditation, caring for what is broken

and difficult in our bodies and minds,

and learn to give equal attention to all that is well.

We learn to notice the moments in our day

when our hearts are not governed

by agitation or clinging.

Joy is concerned with reclaiming

that capacity within ourselves,

to be able to see anew.

It is so clear to us that when our eyes are tired,

the world appears bleak.

When our hearts are jaded and desensitized,

the world becomes colorless and flat.

The sensitive, mindful heart

perceives value and worth in all things.

It does not rely upon drama or intensity

to feel awake and alive,

but draws upon receptivity, stillness,

and a present moment wholeheartedness.

~Christina Feldman

(Teacher at Insight Meditation Society

and cofounder of Gaia House in England)

 

End of Suffering

January 12, 2019

For one who clings,

motion exists,

but for one who does not cling,

there is no motion.

Where no motion is,

there is stillness.

Where stillness is,

there no craving is,

there is neither coming nor going.

Where no coming or going is,

there is no arising or passing away.

There is neither this world,

nor a world beyond,

nor state between.

This verily is the end of suffering.

~ Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

(563-483 BCE Awakened One, Spiritual Teacher)

 

Art of Living

January 10, 2019

The art of living

is the art of becoming one—

one with our fellow beings,

one with the entire creation,

and ultimately one with God.

It is only through His grace

that He is helping us

to learn the art of living,

and this art is in reality

the art of dying while living.

“Learn to die so that you may begin to live.”

It is the art of becoming immortal,

the art of attaining eternal salvation,

the art of losing our identity completely

and merging ourselves with Absolute God,

thereby attaining the be-all

and end-all of the human life.

~Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj

(1921–1989, founder and head

of Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission,

Mystic Adept, Master Saint of Surat Shabd Yoga,

Indian mystical Urdu poet)

To Be

January 9, 2019

We are invited to sit in silence

and to immerse ourselves

in the vast and boundless ocean of “to be”

and to know that with this,

there is nothing else we would ever want,

there is nothing else

we could ever need in life.

We can just continue our lives

keeping ourselves dipped in that ocean

and immersed in the living waters

that flow from there.

Whatever we would need in life

would come from that abundant source,

in whatever situation

we may encounter from here on.

~Ruben L. F. Habito

(1947 to pres., Filipino master in

the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen)

 

Enchanted Cosmos

January 8, 2019

At the cutting edge

of contemporary science

a remarkable insight is surfacing:

the universe, with all things in it,

is a quasi-living, coherent whole.

All things in it are connected.

A cosmos that is connected, coherent,

and whole recalls an ancient notion

that was present in the tradition

of every civilization:

it is an enchanted cosmos.

We are part of each other and nature.

We are a conscious part of the world,

a being through which

the cosmos comes to know itself.

~Ervin Laszlo

(1932 to pres., Hungarian philosopher of science,

integral theorist, classical pianist)