“We often forget that the planet we are living on has given us all the elements that make up our bodies. The water in our flesh, our bones, and all the microscopic cells inside our bodies all come from the Earth and are part of the Earth. The Earth is not just the environment we live in. We are the Earth and we are always carrying her within us.
Realizing this, we can see that the Earth is truly alive. We are a living, breathing manifestation of this beautiful and generous planet. Knowing this, we can begin to transform our relationship to the Earth. We can begin to walk differently and to care for her differently. We will fall completely in love with the Earth. When we are in love with someone or something, there is no separation between ourselves and the person or thing we love. We do whatever we can for them and this brings us great joy and nourishment. That is the relationship each of us can have with the Earth. That is the relationship each of us must have with the Earth if the Earth is to survive, and if we are to survive as well.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh (Love Letter to the Earth)
“When someone deeply listens to you
the room where you stay
starts a new life
and the place where you wrote
your first poem
begins to glow in your mind’s eye.
It is as if gold has been discovered!”
“Getting centered in the light within, and then seeing from the consciousness of light, is actually a “light treatment”. When you see from the consciousness of light, you project a flow of light energy that becomes a healing influence. The Hebrew word for “eye” is ayin, which means “fountain.” There is a natural flowing forth of transcendent light from the eye. In other words, you will no longer see light—you see with light. The statement that the eyes are the windows of the soul is apropos here.”—Eric Butterworth, “The Creative Life”
“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.”
—Karl A. Menniger
“Life is remembrance in forgetfulness. Forgive what ought to be forgiven: forget what ought to be forgotten. Let us embrace life with renewed vigor.”
“In order to complete your relationship with the past, you need to express forgiveness and appreciation to those who have given you a boost, even if they also wounded you. … When you hold tightly to old anger and withhold your expressions of appreciation, you have no breathing space, no room for positive energy to flow through you. The moment you forgive and say, “Thank you,” a relief flows through you, bringing fresh energy that propels you forward. Incompletions have a stronger grip on us than most people realize. They make us drive through life looking at the road only through the rearview mirror. A real transformation occurs when you shift your vision to look through the windshield. Co-committed relationships can exist only between people who see each other for who they are, not distorted through the filters of past incompletions.”
—Guy & Katherine Hendricks, Conscious Loving
“So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.”
“The friendship formed in the search of truth, in the love of God, is greater than any other in the world.”
–Hazrat Inayat Khan
“If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
The way is full of genuine sacrifice.
The thickets blocking the path are anything
that keeps you from that, any fear
that you may be broken to bits like a glass bottle.
This road demands courage and stamina,
yet it’s full of footprints! Who ARE
these companions? They are rungs
in your ladder. Use them!
With company you quicken your ascent.
Continue reading Of Being Woven
my nature children
all too quickly seasons come go
children look through the lens of wonder
living in the now
making me pause
Continue reading Magic of Childhood, Autumn Hats