Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 15: Choose Joy …

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. Joy is what makes life worth living, but for many joy seems hard to find. They complain that their lives are sorrowful and depressing. What then brings the joy we so much desire? Are some people just… Continue reading Advent Day 15: Choose Joy …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 14: Season of Listening …

So let this winter of listening be enough for the new life I must call my own. — David Whyte from The House of Belonging   On the Ridge We can grow by simply listening, the way the tree on that ridge listens its branches to the sky, the way blood listens its flow to the… Continue reading Advent Day 14: Season of Listening …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 04: Walk, Don’t Run …

It's winter and there is smoke from the fires. The square, lighted windows of houses are fogging over. It is a world of elemental attention, of all things working together, listening to what speaks in the blood. Whichever road I follow, I walk in the land of many gods, and they love and eat one… Continue reading Advent Day 04: Walk, Don’t Run …

Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 01: A Sacred Season …

Christmas is a swiftly moving season with few clear boundaries. The day after we've packed up our Halloween costumes, Hallmark Channel begins nearly two months of twenty-four-seven presentations of Christmas movies. Shortly thereafter, we are inundated with ads inviting us to shop early to get the best bargains. The holiday rush is in full swing… Continue reading Advent Day 01: A Sacred Season …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Invisible Connections (The Beauty of Our Lives) …

Think of yourself as an incandescent power, illuminated and perhaps forever talked to by God and his messengers. ― Brenda Ueland from If You Want To Write   The Stream of Life The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It… Continue reading Invisible Connections (The Beauty of Our Lives) …

Quotes

You Are Not Alone …

The longer I wake on this Earth, the louder the quiet things speak to me. The more I experience and survive, the more I find truth in the commonalities we all share. The more pain softens me, the deeper my joy and the greater the lessons of those things that live in great stillness.— Mark… Continue reading You Are Not Alone …

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Prophets Are Already Among Us …

In every region, everywhere, they are the unsung but mighty voices of community, high-mindedness, and deep resolve. They are the prophets of each era who prod the rest of the world into seeing newly what it means to be fully alive, personally, nationally, and spiritually. — Joan Chittister from The Time Is Now: A Call… Continue reading Prophets Are Already Among Us …

Quotes

To Enter the Song (The Real Challenge in Creativity) …

I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of… Continue reading To Enter the Song (The Real Challenge in Creativity) …

Poems, Quotes

The Voice Of Your Own Soul …

Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work. — Adrienne Rich from On Lies, Secrets, and Silence When you take the time to draw on your listening-imagination, you will begin… Continue reading The Voice Of Your Own Soul …