Anything and Everything Can Become Our Teacher …

Anything and everything can become our teacher of the moment, reminding us of the possibility of being fully present: the gentle caress of air on our skin, the play of light, the look on someone’s face, a passing contraction in the body, a fleeting thought in the mind. Anything. Everything. If it is met with awareness.
— Jon Kabat-Zinn excerpted from Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment–and Your Life

Life is this simple. We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story or a fable. This is true.
― Thomas Merton from Thomas Merton: Essential Writings

Fear not to walk upon unbeaten tracks, if such tracks bring you near to Him who is the truth.
― Kabir

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope..
― Thomas Merton from Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.
― Eckhart Tolle from A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Oprah’s Book Club, Selection 61)

It’s good to do uncomfortable things. It’s weight training for life.
― Anne Lamott from Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith