If God gives such attention
to the appearance of wildflowers—
most of which are never even seen—
don’t you think he’ll attend to you,
take pride in you, do his best for you?
What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax,
to not be so preoccupied with getting,
so you can respond to God’s giving.
People who don’t know God
and the way he works fuss over these things,
but you know both God and how he works.
Steep your life in God-reality,
Don’t worry about missing out.
You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
— Matthew 6:30-33 from The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language
This is what I ache for: intimacy with myself, others and the world, intimacy that touches the sacred in all that is life. This ache, this longing is the thread that guides me back through the labyrinth of compromises I have made, back to my soul’s desires. And sometimes I am afraid of my desires – afraid of what they will ask of me, what vision of myself or the world they may offer that may demand a sacrifice of my carefully cultivated way of seeing.
— Oriah Mountain Dreamer from The Invitation
The next time you lose heart and you can’t bear to experience what you’re feeling, you might recall this instruction: change the way you see it and lean in. Instead of blaming our discomfort on outer circumstances or on our own weakness, we can choose to stay present and awake to our experience, not rejecting it, not grasping it, not buying the stories that we relentlessly tell ourselves. This is priceless advice that addresses the true cause of suffering—yours, mine, and that of all living beings.
— Pema Chödrön from Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears