Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy

The drop grows happy 
by losing itself in the river. 

~ Mirza Ghalib

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Be Kind

Three things in human life are important:
The first is to be kind. 
The second is to be kind. 
The third is to be kind.

~ Henry James

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Spiritual Grace

I want first of all to be at peace with myself. I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life that will enable me to carry out these obligations and activities as well as I can. I want, in fact – to borrow from the language of the saints – to live “in grace” as much of the time as possible. By grace I mean an inner harmony, essentially spiritual, which can be translated into outward harmony.

I am seeking perhaps what Socrates, asked for in the prayer from Phaedrus when he said, “May the outward and inward man be at one.” I would like to achieve a state of inner spiritual grace from which I could function and give as I was meant to in the eye of God.

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Monday, June 29, 2015

What To Remember When Waking

In that first hardly noticed moment
In which you wake, coming back to this life
From the other more secret, movable and 
Frighteningly honest world where everything 
Began, there is a small opening into the new day 
Which closes the moment you begin your plans.
What you can plan is too small for you to live.
What you can live wholeheartedly will make
Plans enough for the vitality hidden in your sleep.
To be human is to become visible while carrying
What is hidden as a gift to others.
To remember the other world in this world
Is to live in your true inheritance.
You are not a troubled guest on this earth,
You are not an accident amidst other accidents.
You were invited from another and greater night 
Than the one from which you have just emerged. 
Now, looking through the slanting lights of the 
Morning window toward the mountain presence 
Of everything that can be,
What urgency calls you to your one love?
What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and 
Spread its branches against a future sky?

~ David Whyte

Friday, June 26, 2015

Inside

Don't go anywhere. I beg you.
The moon you are looking for is inside you. 

~ Rumi

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Can You Imagine?

For example, what the trees do
not only in lightening storms
or the watery dark of a summer’s night
or under the white nets of winter
but now, and now, and now – whenever
we’re not looking. Surely you can’t imagine
they don’t dance, from the root up, wishing
to travel a little, not cramped so much as wanting
a better view, or more sun, or just as avidly
more shade – surely you can’t imagine they just
stand there loving every
minute of it, the birds or the emptiness, the dark rings
of the years slowly and without a sound
thickening, and nothing different unless the wind,
and then only in its own mood, comes
to visit, surely you can’t imagine
patience, and happiness, like that.

~ Mary Oliver