Your Life Is Your Spiritual Path …

We meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.
― Carl Jung from The Practice of Psychotherapy

Your Life Is Your Spiritual Path

You don’t need to find a spiritual path. Your life is your spiritual path. The next moment is your teacher. Whatever arises next, make it your spiritual path. What does the present moment require of you? Continue reading “Your Life Is Your Spiritual Path …”

The Hope Of Loving …

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
— 1 John 4:7-8

 

I have a choice about where to stand in my inner landscape as I move toward others in relationship. I can consciously make the decision that I’m not going to stand in my fear, but that I’m going to stand in my hope. I still have fears, but I’m not ‘being’ my fears. Continue reading “The Hope Of Loving …”

The Most Necessary Work Is Always Love …

Even the best of human love is filled with self-seeking. To work to increase our love for God and for our fellow man (and the two must go hand in hand) – this is a lifetime job. We are never going to be finished. Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up.  If we love each other enough, we will bear with each other’s faults and burdens. If we love enough, we are going to light that fire in the hearts of others.  And it is love that will burn out the sins and hatreds that sadden us. It is love that will make us want to do great things for each other. No sacrifice and no suffering will then seem too much. Continue reading “The Most Necessary Work Is Always Love …”

Nothing Is So Like God As Silence …

Nothing is so like God as silence.
— Meister Eckhart quoted in Why Not Be a Mystic? by Frank Tuoti

Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere — in the closing of the door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, in the animals.
— Mother Teresa quoted in No Greater Love edited by Becky Benenate and Joseph Durepos Continue reading “Nothing Is So Like God As Silence …”

Silence Is The Fullness, Not Emptiness …

Silence is never merely the cessation of words. . . . Rather it is the pause that holds together —  indeed, it makes sense of — all the words, both spoken and unspoken. Silence is the glue that connects our attitudes and our actions. Silence is the fullness, not emptiness; it is not absence, but the awareness of a presence.
— John Chryssavgis from In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (Treasures of the World’s Religions)
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There Is A Calmness To A Life Lived In Gratitude …

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is “thank you,” that would suffice.
—  Meister Eckhart

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
— Epictetus

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.
— Charles Dickens

Gratitude is the highest form of acceptance. Like patience, it is one of the catalytic agents, one of the alchemist’s secrets, for turning dross to gold, hell to heaven, death to life. Where there is gratitude we get the teaching. Where there is resistance we discover only that it keeps us painfully ignorant.
—  Stephen Levine

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
— Ralph H. Blum

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
— Richard Bach

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
— Kahlil Gibran

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gratitude & Nature:
Watch “TEDxSF – Louie Schwartzberg – Gratitude

The Heart is Like a Garden …

The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?
— Buddha

How should Spring bring forth a garden on hard stone? Become earth, you may grow flowers of many colors. For you have been a heart-breaking rock.  Once, for the sake of experiment, be earth!
— Rumi from Mathnawi

If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.
— John Paul Jones

The soil is faithful to its trust: whatever
you have sown in it, you reap the same.
But until springtime brings the touch of God,
the soil does not reveal its secrets.
— Rumi

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.
— Meister Eckhart