The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be (Book Recommendation)

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The Endless Practice(Kindle Edition) by Mark Nepo

Poet, philosopher, and cancer survivor Mark Nepo has been breaking a path of spiritual inquiry for more than forty years. In his latest book, the #1 New York Times bestselling author “writes reflectively and poetically about the lifelong spiritual journey” (Publishers Weekly). Continue reading “The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be (Book Recommendation)”

A Day of Silence Can Be A Pilgrimage In Itself …

We were both silent, each waiting for the other to speak, but speech is not the only means of understanding between two souls.  It is not the syllables that come from lips and tongues that bring hearts together.

There is something greater and purer than what the mouth utters. Silence illuminates our souls, whispers to our hearts, and brings them together. Silence separates us from ourselves, makes us sail the firmament of spirit, and brings us closer to Heaven; it makes us feel that bodies are no more than prisons and that this world is only a place of exile.
— Kahlil Gibran from The Broken Wings

The Master Simply Reminds People Of Who They Have Always Been

What is rooted is easy to nourish.
What is recent is easy to correct.
What is brittle is easy to break.
What is small is easy to scatter.

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The Goodness of God …

I’m not going to deny that there is something awesome and amazing and bigger-than-I-can-fathom about God. As someone once observed, if we could understand God, then what we are understanding would not be God. Yet, when I think about terms such as awesome and amazing in relation to the divine, I tend to assume that they apply to the aspects of God that are majestic and powerful. I need to remind myself that maybe the characteristics of God that are bigger than I can comprehend are also the softer, more comforting ones. I need to understand that God is fathomless depths, all right, but those depths are soothing ones too. Continue reading “The Goodness of God …”

The Call I Have Heard All My Life …

I have heard it all my life

A voice calling a name I recognized as my own.
Sometimes it comes as a soft-bellied whisper.

Sometimes it holds an edge of urgency.
But always it says:  Wake up my love. You are walking asleep.

There’s no safety in that!
Remember what you are and let this knowing

take you home to the Beloved with every breath.
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Blessing When the World Is Ending …

Look, the world
is always ending
somewhere.

Somewhere
the sun has come
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Silence Reveals. Silence Heals …

 

First, silence makes us pilgrims. Secondly, silence guards the fire within. Thirdly, silence teaches us to speak.
― Henri J.M. Nouwen from The Way of the Heart

In our quest for God, we think too much, reflect too much, talk too much. Even when we look at this dance that we call creation, we are the whole time thinking, talking (to ourselves and others) reflecting, analyzing, philosophizing. Words. Noise.

Be silent and contemplate the Dance. Just look: a star, a flower, a fading leaf, a bird, a stone… any fragment of the Dance will do. Look. Listen. Smell. Touch. Taste. And, hopefully, it won’t be long before you see Him—the Dancer Himself!
— Anthony de Mello SJ from The Song of the Bird

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose, there are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within (Book Recommendation)

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The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within (Kindle Edition) by Christine Valters Paintner

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Where Does It Hurt: A Wartime Prayer …

Later that night
I held an Atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered:
Where does it hurt?

It answered:
Everywhere
Everywhere
Everywhere.
Warsan Shire

Wartime Prayers

Prayers offered in times of peace are silent conversations,
Appeals for love or loves release, in private invocations.

But all that is changed now,
Gone like a memory from the day before the fires.
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Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What Is Sacred (Book Recommendation) …

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Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What Is Sacred (Kindle Edition) by Mark Nepo

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