Quotes

A Day of Rest …

Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest. — Mark Buchanan from The Holy Wild Sometimes I have loved the peacefulness of an ordinary Sunday. It is like standing in a newly planted garden after a warm rain. You can feel the silent and… Continue reading A Day of Rest …

Prayers, Quotes, Seasons

A Different Kind of Fast …

The kind of fast drawing me this season isn’t leaving behind of treats like chocolate or other pleasures. This season I am being invited to fast from things like “ego-grasping” and noticing when I so desperately want to be in control, and then yielding myself to a greater wisdom than my own. I am called to… Continue reading A Different Kind of Fast …

Quotes, Reflections, Seasons

Keeping Advent Simple …

Advent is a time of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming".  It begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve, thus there is some variation in its length. Advent is traditionally a season of expectation and hope.  And yet, it often… Continue reading Keeping Advent Simple …

Interreligious, Poems

The Breath Is Life’s Teacher …

I am a hole in a flute that the Christ's breath moves through listen to this music I am the concert from the mouth of every creature singing with the myriad chorus — Hafiz Observe me, says the Breath, and learn to live effortlessly in the Present Moment. Feel me, says the Breath, and feel the… Continue reading The Breath Is Life’s Teacher …

Prayers, Quotes

Keep The Lamp Burning …

To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it. — Mother Teresa of Calcutta‎‎ You can make a lot of speeches, but the real thing is when you dig a hole, plant a tree,give it water,and make it survive. That's what makes the difference. — Wangari Maathai The ordinary acts we practice every… Continue reading Keep The Lamp Burning …

Prayers

Prayer For Myself …

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. — Siddhārtha Gautama Lord, I am guilty of neglect.… Continue reading Prayer For Myself …

Prayers

Prayer For Inner Peace And Calm …

Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Forgive our foolish ways; Reclothe us in our rightful mind, In purer lives Thy service find, In deeper reverence, praise. Drop Thy still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings cease; Take from our souls the strain and stress, And let our ordered lives confess The beauty of Thy… Continue reading Prayer For Inner Peace And Calm …

Quotes

The Joy Of Quiet …

An excerpt of an op-ed written by essayist and novelist Pico Iyer from the January 1, 2012 issue of the New York Times: The urgency of slowing down — to find the time and space to think — is nothing new, of course, and wiser souls have always reminded us that the more attention we pay to the… Continue reading The Joy Of Quiet …