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Gift of Silence

 

“The true contemplative is not one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the words that will transform his darkness into light.  He does not even anticipate a special kind of transformation.  He does not demand light instead of darkness.  He waits on the Word of God in silence, and, when he is “answered,” it is not so much by a word that bursts into his silence.  It is by his silence itself, suddenly, inexplicably revealing itself to him as a word of great power, full of the voice of God.”

—Thomas Merton, “Dialogue with Silence”, ed. Jonathan Motaldo




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Love is Her Signature

 

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”

~John Keats
 

“After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.”

~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Inner Sovereingty, Knowing How to Live Alone

 

the frame of the present moment
is free from worries,
a place where your heart is undivided
and free to live life fully in all its richness and glory
a place of stillness, as the mind
stops running into the past and future
a place of growing wisdom,
as mindfulness and breath awareness is practiced
a place of healing,
a final destination for your burdens of the past
it is your kingdom, queendom,
a place where the powers of
love, peace, beauty and understanding reign
a place where you can breathe with ease and be nourished
it is a gift for you every moment

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Resting on Rock of Spirit

 

“Stillness is the altar of Spirit.”

—Paramahansa Yogananda

 

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Relax

“Sabbath is an incubator for wisdom.  When we allow the rush and pressure of our days to fall away, even for a short period of time, we are more able to discern the essential truth of what lies before us.  Jesus said, “If the eye is simple and clear, the body will be full of light”, and “Those that have ears, let them hear.”  Through meditation, prayer and stillness, we refine our vision, we sharpen our hearing…Sabbath…[is like] a day of closing our eyes to the busyness of our necessary responsibilities, a meditation in the midst of life, a day to listen more carefully to the story beneath the habitual words and actions that flood our days.”

–Wayne Muller, “Sabbath: Finding rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives”, p. 166




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On Creativity & Infinite Capacity

 

“I do believe it is possible to create, even without writing a word or painting a picture, by simply molding one’s inner life.”

— Etty Hillesum quoted in “Nine Muses” by Angeles Arrien

 

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O God You Search Me and You Know Me

Seeing this frog being rained upon made me think of the Psalm 139. I could certainly relate to the experience of stormy weather. Sometimes I get frightened that God knows me too well, but when the storms come, I get comfort knowing God is with me and knows what is going on.

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