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Backwards

February 12, 2018

Often people attempt

to live their lives backwards:

they try to have more things,

or more money,

in order to do more

of what they want

so that they will be happier.

The way it actually works

is the reverse.

You must first be who you really are,

then do what you really need to do,

in order to have what you want.

~Margaret Young

(1891-1969, singer, songwriter)

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Heart Capacity

February 11, 2018

We use only five to ten percent

of our heart’s capacity

to love and feel kindness.

Instead of boxing in our hearts

we must try

to slowly expand that box

till we’re able to love

all humanity.

~Nawag Khechog

(Tibetan composer, musician

Grammy nominated flute player)

Who You Are

February 10, 2018

Open your heart

to who you are,

right now,
Not who you would like to be.
Not the saint

you’re striving to become.
But the being

right here before you,

inside you,

around you.

~John Welwood

(clinical psychologist, psychotherapist,

teacher and author)

Inner Work

February 9, 2018

We often expect change

just to happen magically

without the inner work

that is needed to create outer change.

We want science to magically create

“a cure” for all the ills of our times.

But the true changes we are looking for

must come from within.

We need to incorporate

spiritual practices

into our daily lives

and live the practices.

We need to be able to work through

the dark states of consciousness

and transform them into golden light.

This is the true meaning of alchemy.

And then our outer world

will reflect our state of light

back to us.

We must remember

that we are not just form and matter.

We are luminous beings.

And our destiny is to radiate light.

~Sandra Ingerman

(Shamanic teacher, mental health counselor,

Author, From Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth)

Faith

February 8, 2018

Awakening

the enlightened mind

may not be a question

of self-improvement,

which is never-ending;

it may be a question

of faith,

which is always available

right now.

~Hannah Tennant-Moore
( Novelist, Editor, Buddhist writer)

Exhortation of the Dawn

February 7, 2018

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!

~Kalidasa
(350? – 430? Indian poet and playwright;

from Sanskrit Love Poetry,

Translated by W. S. Merwin

and J. Moussaieff Masson)

Being Heard

February 6, 2018

Being heard

is so close to being loved

that for the average person,

they are almost

indistinguishable.

~David Augsburger

(1938 to pres., Theologian)