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Thankful

July 12, 2018

Make me sweet again

Fragrant and fresh

Wild

Thankful for

Any small event.

~Mevlana Jalaladin Rumi

(1207-1273 Persian Poet and Mystic)

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Feast on Your Life

July 11, 2018

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door,
in your own mirror,
and each will smile

at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger

who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread.
Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger

who has loved you
all your life,

whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters

from the bookshelf,
the photographs,

the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit.

Feast on your life.

~ Derek Walcott
(1930 – 2017 Saint Lucian poet,

playwright and Nobel Laureate)

No Single Thing

July 10, 2018

 

When we consider

that everything

we experience results

from a complex interplay

of causes and conditions,

we find that there is

no single thing

to desire or resent,

and it is more difficult

for the afflictions

of attachment or anger

to arise.

~Dalai Lama
(1935 to pres, Tibetan Buddhist Spiritual

and Political Leader)

 

River

July 9, 2018

Make your interests gradually wider

and more impersonal,

until bit by bit

the walls of the ego recede,

and your life becomes increasingly

merged in the universal life.

An individual human existence

should be like a river —

small at first,

narrowly contained within its banks,

and rushing passionately past rocks

and over waterfalls.

Gradually the river grows wider,

the banks recede,

the waters flow more quietly,

and in the end,

without any visible break,

they become merged in the sea,

and painlessly lose their individual being.

~Bertrand Russell

(1872-1970, British philosopher, logician, mathematician,

historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate)

Gratitude

July 8, 2018

If the only prayer

you said was

“Thank you!”,

that would be enough.

~Meister Eckhart
(1260-1328, German Mystic)

Desireless

July 7, 2018

God is man minus desire.

Man is God plus desire.

If one can become desireless,

through the silence of the heart,

that very silence

will sprout forth into love.

~Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj

(1894-1974 Mystic Adept, Spiritual Teacher,

Organizer of World Conference on Unity of Man,

President of the World Fellowship of Religions,

and Sant Satguru of Surat Shabd Yoga)

Love

July 6, 2018

If you are in love

that’s a good thing .

That’s about the best thing

that can happen to anyone.

Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

There are several kinds of love.

One is a selfish, mean, grasping,

egotistical thing which uses love

for self-importance.

This is the ugly and crippling kind.

The other is an outpouring

of everything good in you —

of kindness and consideration and respect;

not only the social respect of manners

but the greater respect

which is recognition of another person

as unique and valuable.

The first kind can make you sick

and small and weak

but the second can release in you strength,

and courage and goodness

and even wisdom

you didn’t know you had.

~John Steinbeck

(1902-1968, American Author,

Nobel Prize for Literature 1962)