Friday, December 19, 2014

Happiness

Right now, at this moment, we have a mind,
which is all the basic equipment we need
to achieve complete happiness.

~ The Dalai Lama

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quiet Light

There is a quiet light that shines in every heart. It draws no
attention to itself, though it is always secretly there.
It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire
to seek possibility, and our hearts to love life. 

Without this subtle quickening our days would be 
empty and wearisome, and no horizon would ever 
awaken our longing. Our passion for life is quietly 
sustained from somewhere in us that is welded to the 
energy and excitement of life. This shy inner light is 
what enables us to recognize and receive our 
very presence here as blessing. 

We enter the world as strangers who all at once become 
heirs to a harvest of memory, spirit, and dream that 
has long preceded us and will now enfold, nourish, 
and sustain us. The gift of the world is our first blessing.

~ John O'Donohue

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Homeland

Among other wonders of our lives, we are alive
with one another, we walk here
in the light of this unlikely world
that isn’t ours for long.
May we spend generously
the time we are given.
May we enact our responsibilities
as thoroughly as we enjoy
our pleasures. May we see with clarity,
may we seek a vision
that serves all beings, may we honor
the mystery surpassing our sight,
and may we hold in our hands
the gift of good work
and bear it forth whole, as we
were borne forth by a power we praise
to this one Earth, this homeland of all we love.

~  John Daniel

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Room

A room does not turn its back on grief.
Anger does not excite it.
Before desire, it neither responds
nor draws back in fear.
Without changing expression,
it takes
and gives back;
not a tuft in the mattress alters.
Windowsills evenly welcome
both heat and cold.
Radiators speak or fall silent as they must.
Doors are not equivocal,
floorboards do not hesitate or startle.
Impatience does not stir the curtains,
a bed is neither irritable nor rapacious.
Whatever disquiet we sense in a room
we have brought there.
And so I instruct my ribs each morning,
pointing to hinge and plaster and wood -
You are matter, as they are.
See how perfectly it can be done.
Hold, one day more, what is asked.

~ Jane Hirshfield

Monday, December 15, 2014

Luminous

That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality – your soul, if you will – is as bright and shining as any that has ever been.... Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly.

~ George Saunders

Friday, December 12, 2014

Only Love

For small creatures such as we, 
the vastness is bearable only through love.

~ Carl Sagan

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Desire

If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

~ E.B. White