“Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure:
Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart.
Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable. Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions?
So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.”
—Vera Nazarian, “The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration”
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We can be gardeners of the soul, soil.
“There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.”
—Warren G. Bennis
repetition can give beautiful structure
and an orderedness
can bring comfort
the repetition of a positive phrase, mantra,
can have the effect of stilling the mind
of de-cluttering the mind
of polishing the soul
of reflecting the world the way it is
of seeing the truth
of feeling God’s presence
of practicing concentration
repetition of a good habit or practice
can be like steady nailing of your boat,
so when the storms come,
you will have a solid boat
you won’t sink
“The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin even, or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity.”
“Ideally, a human life should be a constant pilgrimage of discovery. The most exciting discoveries happen at the frontiers. When you come to know something new, you come closer to yourself and to the world. Discovery enlarges and refines your sensibility. When you discover something, you transfigure some of the forsakenness of the world.”
—John O’Donohue, “Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong”
“Come, Spirit, Comforter and Consoler.
Heal the wounded. Soothe the anxious.
Be consolation for all who grieve and ache.”
—Joyce Rupp, “May I Have This Dance?”
Some friends came over tonight to sing/chant.
One of the first chants we did was something I heard at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, California:
“O Word of God, come into this space.
O Word of God, come send us your grace.
Open our minds, show us your truth.
Transform our lives anew.”
May all who are suffering be comforted.
May all be healed.
May all be happy and at peace.
“All life has emptiness at its core; it is the quiet hollow reed through which the wind of God blows and makes the music that is our life. Without that emptiness, we are clogged and unable to give birth to music, love, or kindness. All creation springs from emptiness: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void…”
-WayneMuller, “Sabbath, Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives”, p.51
I have found that surrounding myself by supportive people can give me much strength when I am feeling weak. The collective group energy can be very palpable. When I don’t have enough concentration, sitting with a community can be very beneficial. When I don’t have any devotion, attending a devotional gathering can open my heart. There is a catching influence.
“Who shall set a limit to the influence of a human being? ”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There is no need to reach high for the stars. They are already within you — just reach deep into yourself!”