“You are not separate from the whole. You are one with the sun, the earth, the air. You don’t have a life. You are life.”—Eckhart Tolle
These fluorescent-orange flower like a stop symbol for me
ability to stop what I am doing is an important practice
so when I notice I am off-target, I can stop, make adjustments
stop when the day is done, and not over-do, be in balance
“The path of loving trust means to stop doubting and being discouraged, casting all our worries and cares on the Lord, and to walk in total freedom.”
– Mother Teresa
“…take the opportunity to stop and listen to the sounds of Sacred Unity all around you. In each, there is a drop of the One, and in that drop is the ocean of all divine qualities.”
—Sufi Book of Life, Neil Douglas-Klotz
““When you pray,” it has been wisely said by an Orthodox writer in Finland, “you yourself must be silent…You yourself must be silent; let the prayer speak.” To achieve silence: this is of all things the hardest and the most decisive in the art of prayer. Silence is not merely negative—a pause between words, a temporary cessation of speech—but, properly understood, it is highly positive: an attitude of attentive alertness, of vigilance, and above all of listening. The hesychast, the man who has attained hesychia, inward stillness or silence, is par excellence the one who listens. He listens to the voice of prayer in his own heart, and he understands that this voice is not his own but that of Another speaking within him.”
—Archimandrite Kallistos Ware, “The Power of the Name: The Jesus Prayer in Orthodox Spirituality”
“Just as a bouquet having flowers of different colors is more beautiful than a bouquet of flowers the same color, there is one Truth that shines through the rivers and mountains, flowers, the sun, moon and stars, you and I, are all expressions of this One Reality. It is by recognizing this truth in life that we can discover the inherent beauty in this diversity.”
“All numbers are multiples of one, all sciences converge to a common point, all wisdom comes out of one center, and the number of wisdom is one.”
“I tell them there are no backwaters. There is only one river, and we are all in it. Wave your arms, and the ripples will eventually reach me.”
— Scott Russell Sanders in “Writing from the Center”
This is a collaborate group collage done for Amma’s Circle of Love Letters a few years ago.
This is a ollaborative group collage that some friends and I did for Amma’s Circle of Love Letters….
“One moment is eternity;
eternity is the now.
When you see through this one instant,
you see through the one who sees.”
-Wu Men [1183-1260], quoted in “The Enlightened Heart”, edited by Stephen Mitchell
May the bird call
be my voice
be my breath
be my blood
be my skin
be my bones
be my hair
be my fingers
May earth spinning
be my dance
Let no part of me
ever be separate again
Let no part of you
be unknown to me
Earth of my body
Body of the Earth
“Eternal One who circles the seasons with ease, teach me about Earth’s natural cycle of turning from one season to another. Remind me often of how she opens herself to the dying and rising rotations, the coming and the going of each of the four seasons. Open me today to the teachings of the season of autumn.
When I accept only the beautiful and reject the tattered, torn parts of who I am, when I treat things that are falling apart as my enemies, walk me among the dying leaves, let them tell me about their power to energize Earth’s soil by their decomposition and their formation of enriching humus.
When I fear the loss of my youthfulness and refuse to accept the reality of aging, turn my face to the brilliant colors of autumn trees, open my spirit to the mellow resonance of autumn sunsets and the beauty of the changing land.
When I refuse to wait with the mystery of the unknown, when I struggle to keep control rather than to let life evolve,
wrap me in the darkening days of autumn and encourage me to wait patiently for clarity and vision as I live with uncertainty and insecurity.
When I grow tired of using my own harvest of gifts to benefit others, take me to the autumn fields where Earth shares the bounty of summer and allows her lands to surrender their abundance.”
—from “Circle of Life” by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr
“all of nature says “yes””
spring-summer-early fall, the leaves open to the light
collecting light for the tree
nourishing the trunk, the branches, me
collecting light for the roots
so when autumn and winter rains and cold comes
there is stored light in the roots
for the short days and long nights