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 …

Quotes, Vocations

Listen To The Longing Of Your Wild Soul …

Your life is not an unending self-improvement project and your heart is not a venture to be undertaken, mastered, and completed. Perhaps today was never going to be the day when you figured it all out, got all your questions answered, or resolved the contradictions. It's just too wild for all that. Just too creative.… Continue reading Listen To The Longing Of Your Wild Soul …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 27: A Deeper Awareness …

In the morning When I began to wake, It happened again — That feeling That you, Beloved, Had stood over me all night Keeping watch, That feeling That as soon as I began to stir You put Your lips on my forehead And lit a Holy lamp Inside my heart. — Hafiz from I Heard God… Continue reading Desert Day 27: A Deeper Awareness …

Quotes

If We Are Willing To Sit Quietly And Wait For A While …

The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection… Continue reading If We Are Willing To Sit Quietly And Wait For A While …

Seasons

Spring Meditation: Awakening The Heart From Its Ancient Sleep …

All living creatures are sparks from the radiation of God’s brilliance, and these sparks emerge from God like the rays of the sun. If God did not give off these sparks, how would the divine flame become fully visible? — Hildegard of Bingen O, You who are ever giving life to all life, moving all creatures,… Continue reading Spring Meditation: Awakening The Heart From Its Ancient Sleep …

Quotes

Everybody Can Serve …

Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s  theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have… Continue reading Everybody Can Serve …

Quotes

Attentiveness …

Contemplation is not first of all about being religious, introverted, or pious—it is about being emotionally and mentally honest! Contemplation is an alternative consciousness that refuses to identify with or feed what are only passing shows. It is the absolute opposite of addiction, consumerism, or any egoic consciousness. -- Richard Rohr, adapted from "The Change… Continue reading Attentiveness …

Interreligious, Media

Prayer of the Heart …

Prayer is a way to be with the Divine—from the prayer born from need, where we tell God our needs, to the deeper prayer which takes us beyond any words into the oneness and silence within the heart. This video is about the simplicity of the Prayer of the Heart. Audio excerpt taken from "Prayer":… Continue reading Prayer of the Heart …

Quotes

Feeding the Soul’s Longing for Life …

[As] you eat, know that you are feeding more than just a body. You are feeding the soul's longing for life, its timeless desire to learn the lessons of earthly existence — love and hate, pleasure and pain, fear and faith, illusion and truth — through the vehicle of food. Ultimately, the most important aspect… Continue reading Feeding the Soul’s Longing for Life …