“The path isn’t a straight line; its a spiral. You continually come back to things you thought you understood and see deeper truths.”
—Barry H. Gillespie
“What is art but life upon the larger scale, the higher. When, graduating up in a spiral line of still expanding and ascending gyres, it pushes toward the intense significance of all things, hungry for the infinite?”
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“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”
“Be still and know that I am GOD…
Be still and know that I AM…
Be still and KNOW…
– Six Line Prayer by Josh Baran based on Psalm 46
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“Amma remembers a story. Once the colors of the world gathered together. Each one claimed, “I am the most important and beloved color.” The conversation culminated in a quarrel.
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Yesterday, there was an autumn equinox ritual celebrated at the MA Center in San Ramon, California. Lakshmi Collins led us in body prayers invoking the Spirit and qualities of the four directions. We sang, meditated, walked the labyrinth, chanted for peace as we imagined soft white flower petals falling gently upon parts of the earth that need it most. We made the intention of letting go of what does not serve us anymore.
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