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In deepest solitude
I found the narrow way;
a secret giving such release
that I was stunned and stammering
rising above all science.
St. John Of The Cross (1542)
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas A. Edison (1847)
THE WEAVER ?S PRAYER
My life is but a weaving between my Lord and me
I cannot see the colors He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow and I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper and I the underside.
Not till the looms are silent and the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful in the Weaver's skillful hands
As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.
The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
It is all the same to be living and dead, waking and sleeping, young and old, as each of these alternately change into the other. Heraclitus (535 B.C.E.)
Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom. Viktor Frankl (1905)
Wherever you go, there you are. Jon Kabat-Zinn (1944)
How does the ocean become the king of all rivers and streams? Because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
By humility, out of an enemy He has made a friend, which is more than to have created a new earth. Meister Eckhart (1260)
The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens. Baha'i Faith
A fundamental teaching of Baha'u'llah is the oneness of the world of humanity. Addressing mankind, He says, "Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits of one branch." By this it is meant that the world of humanity is like a tree, the nations or peoples are the different limbs or branches of that tree, and the individual human creatures are as the fruits and blossoms thereof.
Who teaches men to be grateful pleads the cause not only of men, but of the gods for they, being placed above all desires, cannot be of want of anything, yet we can nevertheless offer them our gratitude. Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C.E.)
Many persons use greater care to avoid injuries to the body rather than to shun harm to the soul. Thou art not flesh and hair but a will. If thou keep this beautiful then will you be beautiful. Epictetus (55)
Let them know that you alone,
whose name is the Lord,
are the Most High over all the earth.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892)
The Lord is my light and my salvation so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? Old Testament
Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love. Rainer Maria Rilke (1875)
If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation. Lao Tse (604 B.C.E.)
By waiting and by calm you shall be saved; in quiet and in trust your strength lies. Old Testament
Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose. Carl Jung (1875)
There is one great and universal wish of mankind expressed in all religions, in all art and philosophy, and in all human life: the wish to pass beyond himself as he now is. Beatrice Hinkle (1874)
Give ear to my cry, Eternal Word,
and answer me
for I am in need of You.
Awaken new life in me,
as I yearn to do Your will;
dispel the ignorance of my ways;
as I put my trust in You.
You are the Beloved, be gracious to me,
Heart of my heart,
for with You I would walk all day.
My soul is uplifted as I abandon
myself into Your hands.
He had no feeling that he was in the heart of a crowded universe, between all whose great verities moved countless small and smaller truths. Little notion had he that to learn these after the measure of their importance, was his business, with eternity to do it in! George MacDonald (1824)
The Void is that which stands right in the middle of "this" and "that." The void is all inclusive, having no opposite - there is nothing which it excludes or opposes. It is a living void, because all forms come out of it and whoever realizes the void is filled with life and power and the love of all things. Bruce Lee (1940)
And this, our life exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. William Shakespeare (1564)
"To become attached to the experience of peace is to threaten the true and essential and vital union of our soul with God above sense and experience in the darkness of a pure and perfect love. "- Thomas Merton
"And Jesus was a sailor When he walked upon the water And he spent a long time watching From his lonely wooden tower And when he knew for certain Only drowning men could see him He said "All men will be sailors then Until the sea shall free them" "- Leonard Cohen
"To come to the pleasure you have not You must go by a way in which you enjoy not. To come to the knowledge you have not You must go by a way in which you know not. To come to the possession you have not You must go by a way in which you possess not. To come to be what you are not You must go by a way in which you are not. "- St. John Of The Cross
"Many people want to serve God, mostly in an advisory capacity. "- C. S. Lewis
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. "- American Indian
""Is there anything that I can do to make myself enlightened?" "As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning." "Then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?" "To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise." "- Anthony De Mello
"If you persist in trying to attain what is never attained (It is Tao's Gift!), If you persist in making effort to obtain what effort cannot get, If you persist in reasoning about what cannot be understood, You will be destroyed by the very thing you seek. To know when to stop, To know when you can get no further by your own action, This is the right beginning! "- Thomas Merton
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