Wednesday, December 24, 2008

We become powerful

"We become powerful in the face of our fears when we have a sense that we make a difference in this world. Affirmations of purpose communicate the truth that we are all meaningful participants in this Universe and that we are worthy of giving and receiving love. Some affirmations of purpose are:
- I know that I count and I act as though I do.
- I spread warmth and love everywhere I go.
- I am a healing force in the Universe."

-- Susan Jeffers

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

We look at it

We look at it and we do not see it;
Its name is The Invisible.
We listen to it and do not hear it;
Its name is The Inaudible.
We touch it and do not find it;
It's name is The Subtle.

~Lao Tzu

For nothing

For nothing worthe proving can be proven
Nor yet disproven: wherefore thow be wise,
Cleave ever to the sunnier side of Doubt.

~Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Monday, December 15, 2008

With silence

With silence only as their benediction God's angels come
Where, in the shadow of a great affliction, the soul sits dumb.

~James Greenleaf Whittier
(writing to a friend on the death of his sister)

So great

So great is the power of angels in the spiritual world that, if I should make known all that I have witnessed in regard to it, it would exceed belief. Any obstruction there that might be removed because it is contrary to Divine order the angels cast down or overthrow merely by an effort of the will and a look.

~Emanuel Swendenborg

So many wings

So many wings come here
dripping honey
and speak here
in your home Oh God.

~Aztec Poem

I believe we are free

I believe we are free, within limits, and yet there is an unseen hand, a guiding angel, that somehow, like a submerged propeller, drives us on.

~Rabindranath Tagore

That's all

That's all an angel is, an idea of God.

~Meister Eckhart

For He will

For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways' they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

~Psalms 91:11,12

Outside

Outside the open window
The morning air is all awash with angels.

~Richard Wilbur

The angels keep

The angels keep their ancient places -
Turn but a stone and start a wing!
'Tis ye, 'tis ye, your estranged faces
That miss the many-splendoured thing.

~Francis Thompson

Though they are so great

Though they are so great, so glorious, so pure, so wonderful, that the very sight of them (if we were allowed to see them) would strike us to the earth, as it did the prophet Daniel, holy and righteous as he was, yet they are our fellow-servants and our fellow-workers, and they carefully watch over and defend even the humblest of us.

~Cardinal Newman

Angels can fly

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.

~Scottish Saying

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Good thoughts

Good thoughts will produce good actions and bad thoughts will produce bad actions. Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time; hatred ceases by love.

~Buddha

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Nowhere

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
~Marcus Aurelius

If the past

"If the past is angry, then I must be tolerant and loving .If the past is lost in a dark place, I will light a torch to illuminate the way. If the past is in need, then I will have compassion and respect for it. If the past is lonely, I will be its loving friend."
~Anonymous

When the superficial

When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest.
~ Antonio Porchia

What I give

"What I give form to in daylight is only one percent of what I have seen in darkness."
~M.C. Escher

Thursday, December 4, 2008

My brother used to ask

My brother used to ask the birds to forgive him; that sounds senseless but it is right; for all is like the ocean, all things flow and touch each other; a disturbance in one place is felt at the other end of the world. It may be folly to beg forgiveness of the birds, but the birds would be happier at your side - a little happier anyway - and children and all animals, if yourself were nobler than you are now. It's all like an ocean, I tell you. Then you would pray to the birds, too, consumed by all-embracing love in a sort of transport and pray that they will forgive you your sin. Prize this ecstasy, nowever senseless it may seem to men.

~Dostoyevski

Excite the soul

Excite the soul, and the weather and the town and your condition in the world all disappear; the world itself loses its solidity, nothing remains but the soul and the Divine Presence in which it lives.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, November 24, 2008

My legacy

My legacy -
What will it be?
Flowers in spring,
The cuckoo in summer,
And the crimson maples
Of autumn ...

- Ryokan

Sunday, November 16, 2008

For as long as I can remember

"For as long as I can remember, people have liked to talk to me. You.......kind of how somebody says something to you...........it doesn't have to mean so much. It's just that it opens a door for you, and you can see into a room that you couldn't see into before. It doesn't really matter how you got there. The important part is...you're seeing something new and different."

~Allie Keys, Stephen Spielberg's "Taken"

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Only those

"Only those who are willing to risk going too far will be able to find out how far one can go."

~T. S. Elliott

Friday, November 14, 2008

The powers of the soul

The powers of the soul are commensurate with its needs, all experience to the contrary notwithstanding.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Don't worry

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia."

~Charles M. Schulz

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

She danced

"She danced the dance of Flames and Fire, She danced the dance of swords and spears, She danced the dance of stars and the dance of space, and then she danced the dance of flowers in the wind."

~from The Wanderer by Khalil Gibran

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Truth can be found

"Truth can be found anywhere. We are part of the universe, as a Whole. But each of our viewpoints is that of a distinct, dynamic space-time coordinate. Imagination is the memory of that connection."

~Redshift

Monday, November 10, 2008

The soul

"The soul doesn't care at all what price we have to pay to follow our calls. Our happiness and security and status simply don't matter to it, although our courage, faith, and aliveness do."

~Gregg Levoy

Like buried treasures

"Like buried treasures, the outposts of the universe have beckoned to the adventurous from immemorial times..."
~George Ellery Hale

Coincidence

Coincidence is God's way of performing a miracle anonymously.

~Anonymous

Sunday, November 9, 2008

One thing that comes

"One thing that comes out in myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light."

~Joseph Campbell

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Without a dream

"Without a dream, honesty, mercy, indignation and courage must remain impotent."

~Taylor Caldwell

You cannot

You cannot feel others pushing you. You can only feel yourself pushing back.

~Anonymous

Friday, November 7, 2008

HOLY FIRE

"It is pointed out by science in the form of the various energies of the world, from nuclear fusion in the stars, to life, to soul. In all these ways, the universe is ablaze! Fire is the archetypal energy. It represents the ultimate, of which all other energies are special manifestations. Everything is illumined and animated from within by Divine Fire. God is in the world as `a universal transparency aglow with fire.'"

~Teilhard de Chardin

Thursday, November 6, 2008

One does not

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.

~André Gide

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

When you change

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."

~Wayne Dyer

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

We lie

We lie in the lap of immense intelligence, which makes us receivers of it's truth and organs of its activity.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, November 3, 2008

We put ourselves

"We put ourselves in boxes that seem impenetrable....but they are only put there by our own doing...boxes can be opened and new things/places/people discovered. Life is really more than what we see and hear with our eyes and ears....life is lived through our hearts."

-- Thea Graham

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Until one has loved

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

~A. France

To recognize

"To recognize the sacred is not so much to see new things, as it is to see things in a new way. The sacred is not separate or different from all things, but rather hidden within all things…"

~Seva

Saturday, November 1, 2008

So I feel like

"So, I feel like I am sitting in the middle of the storm, while the world is holding its breath. That, or I have already slipped quietly into the long night of absolute madness....."

~Anonymous.

Friday, October 31, 2008

I become insane

"I became insane..... with long intervals of horrible sanity."

~Edgar Allan Poe

There are nights

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.

~George Carlin

'Tis the night

'Tis the night - the night
Of the grave's delight,
And the warlocks are at their play;
Ye think that without
The wild winds shout,
But no, it is they - it is they.

~Arthur Cleveland Coxe

I'll bet

I'll bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.

~Author Unknown

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The oldest and strongest emotion

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.

~H P Lovecraft

Be wary

Be wary then; best safety lies in fear.

~Shakespeare, Hamlet

Thirty percent

Thirty percent of the Americans who do not believe in afterlife say they have been in contact with the dead.

~American Health Magazine, 1987

Who Knows

Who knows but life be that which men call death, and death what men call life?

~Euripedes

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Never trust

Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.

~J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Imagination

"Imagination is the star in man, the celestial or supercelestial body."

~Martin Ruland, Lexicon Alchemiae, 1612.

Walt Whitman

"Walt Whitman once wrote that we should learn how to LET GO in life---as he put it: "To stand apart from pulling and hauling....amused, complacent, compassionating, idle, unitary......both in and out of the game and watching and wondering at it all." Instead of being amused, I'm only anxious. Instead of watching, I'm always probing and interfering. The other day, in prayer to God, I said: "Look.....I understand that the unexamined life is not worth living. But do you think I could some day have an unexamined lunch?"
~Elizabeth Gilbert, in "Eat, Pray, Love."

Friday, October 24, 2008

Unfettered at last

Unfettered at last, a traveling monk,
I pass the old Zen barrier.
Mine is a traceless stream-and-cloud life,
Of these mountains, which shall be my home?

~Manan

Thursday, October 23, 2008

If you should take

"If you should take the human heart and listen to, it would be listening to a seashell. You would hear in it the hollow murmur of the infinite ocean to which it belongs, from which it draws its profoundest inspiration, and for which it yearns to return."
~Edwin Chapin

Each friend

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive,and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."
~Anais Nin

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Why not

"Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!"
~Jane Austen

Monday, October 20, 2008

The greatest support

"The greatest support we can have is mindfulness, which means being totally present in each moment. If the mind remains centered, it cannot make up stories about the injustice of the world or one's friends, or about one's desires or sorrows. All these stories could fill many volumes, but when we are mindful such verbalizations stop. Being mindful means being fully absorbed in the moment, leaving no room for anything else. We are filled with the momentary happening, whatever it is--standing or sitting or lying down, feeling pleasure or pain--and we maintain a nonjudgmental awareness, a "just knowing."
~Ayya Khema, "Be an Island"

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A little patience

"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt. But If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake."

~Thomas Jefferson, June 4, 1798

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

We delight

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. "

~Maya Angelou

The butterfly

"The butterfly is a flying flower....The flower a tethered butterfly."
~Ponce Denis Ãcouchard Lebrun

God is really

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just keeps on trying other things.
- Pablo Picasso

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Who?

Who if I cried out, would hear me among the angels' hierarchies? and even if one of them pressed me suddenly against his heart: I would be consumed in that overwhelming existence.

~Rainer Maria Rilke

May I

May I burst into jubilant praise to assenting angels.

~Rainer Maria Rilke

Keep Watch

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous and all for your love's sake.

~A Christian Prayer

It is said

It is said, and it is true, that just before we were born a cavern angel puts his finger to our lips and says, "Hush, don't tell what you know." This is why we are born with a cleft on our upper lips and remembering nothing of where we came from.

~Roderick MacLeish

Millions

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.

~John Milton

A Child's Prayer

There are four corners on my bed,
There are four angels at my head,
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John,
Bless the bed I sleep on.

~A Child's Prayer

To finish

To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, October 13, 2008

Either

Either we heal as a team, or we die as individuals

~Al Pacino, from "Any Given Sunday"

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Today, a man on acid

Bill Hicks (as Newscaster): "Today, a man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy, condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all One Consciousness, experiencing itself subjectively......there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Here's Tom with the weather."

Friday, October 10, 2008

'Tis now the very

'Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.

~William Shakespeare

The more you defend

The more you defend yourself,
the more you believe what you defend against.
~ Alan Cohen

Our doubts

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.

~William Shakespeare

Saturday, October 4, 2008

It's faith

It's faith that really takes the courage. The belief in things unseen.

~The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard

If truth

If truth come to our mind we suddenly expand to its dimensions.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Nothing

Nothing in the cry
of cicadas suggests they
are about to die

~Basho

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Who we are

Who we are and what is Nature, have one answer in the life that rushes into us.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, September 7, 2008

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.

 

~George Carlin

Saturday, September 6, 2008

In school

"In school you get the lesson and then take the test ...
In life you take the test and then get the lesson."

~Unknown

Thursday, September 4, 2008

There are some people

There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.


~Douglas Everett

We know

We know better than we do.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

If a man

If a man devotes himself to the instructions of his own unconscious, it can bestow this gift of renewal, so that suddenly life, which has been stale and dull, turns into a rich unending inner adventure, full of creative possibilities.

~Marie-Louise von Franz

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The power

The power to move the world is in the subconscious mind.

~William James

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The mind of the past

The mind of the past is ungraspable;
the mind of the future is ungraspable;
the mind of the present is ungraspable.

~Diamond Sutra

Thursday, August 14, 2008

We must

We must embrace the affirmative.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, August 7, 2008

When

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."

~Charles Beard

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

You must

"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment."

~Henry David Thoreau

Wherever you are

"Wherever you are is always the right place. There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are."

~Julia Cameron

Who

"Who you really are is enough."

~Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Everything you need

"Everything you need you already have. You are complete right now, you are a whole, total person, not an apprentice person on the way to someplace else."

~Wayne Dyer

Monday, August 4, 2008

To test life

To test life, to allow life itself to lead you and to care for you, is not a parlor game. In order to move into your way, you may have to put everything on the line.


~Rick Jarow

A wise man

A wise man will never impawn his future being and action, and decide beforehand what he shall do in a given extreme event. Nature and God will instruct him in that hour.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Letting go

Letting go of our suffering is the hardest work we will ever do. It is also the most fruitful. To heal means to meet ourselves in a new way -- in the newness of each moment where all is possible and nothing is limited to the old.

~Stephen Levine

What you bring forth

What you bring forth out of yourself from the inside will save you. What you do not bring forth out of yourself from the inside will destroy you.

~Gospel of Thomas

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Direct your eye

Direct your eye right inward, and you'll find
A thousand regions of your mind
Yet undiscovered. Travel them and be
Expert in home-cosmography.

~Henry David Thoreau

The wind has settled

The wind has settled, the blossoms have fallen;
Birds sing, the mountains grow dark --
This is the wondrous power of Buddhism.

~Ryokan,

Monday, July 14, 2008

We owe

We owe many valuable observations to people who are not very acute or profound, and who say the thing without effort which we want and have long been hunting in vain.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, July 4, 2008

Here is my advice

"Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don't regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression."
~Gerard K. O'Neill, 2081

Nothing

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Why

Why aren't you happy? It's because ninety-nine percent of everything you do, and think, and say, is for yourself -- and there isn't one.

~Wu Wei Wu

Do not feed your ego

Do not feed your ego and your problems, with your attention. ...Slowly, surely, the ego will lose weight, until one fine day it will be nothing but a thin ghost of its former self. You will be able to see right through it, to the divine presence that shines in each of us.

~Eknath Easwaran

There is no room

There is no room for God in him who is full of himself.

~Hasidic saying

Friday, June 27, 2008

Your heart

Your heart is the browser.
The pathways are the search engine,
The universe is the real Internet,
And there are many addresses to the Beloved,
whose server is always online.

~Neil Douglas-Klotz

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A man's reach

A man's reach must exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?

~Robert Browning

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Enlightenment is basically not a tree

Enlightenment is basically not a tree,
And the clear mirror is not a stand.
Fundamentally there is not a single thing -
Where can dust collect.

~Huineng

Loving

Loving old priceless things,
I've scorned those seeking
Truth outside themselves:
Here, on the tip of the nose.

~Layman Makusho

To what shall I compare

To what shall I compare this life of ours?
Even before I can say
it is like a lightning flash or a dewdrop
it is no more.

~Sengai

Finally out of reach

Finally out of reach -
No bondage, no dependency.
How calm the ocean,
Towering the void.

~Tessho's death poem

My daily activities

My daily activities are not unusual,
I'm just naturally in harmony with them.
Grasping nothing, discarding nothing...
Supernatural power and marvelous activity -
Drawing water and carrying firewood.

- Layman Pang-yun

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

We humans

We humans are Pilgrims on the Path and also the Path itself. Not only do we burn, we are the burning ground.

~Sarah Leigh Brown

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Don't

Don't look down on anyone unless you are helping them up.

~Jesse Jackson

Essence

Essesnce, or God, is not a relation or a part, but the whole. Being is the vast affirmative, excluding negation, self-balanced, and swallowing up all relations, parts and times within itself.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Genius is not

Genius is not a lazy angel contemplating itself and things. it is insatiable for expression. Thought must take the stupendous step of passing into realization.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, May 30, 2008

It is when

It is when you are most desperate, that you are closest to reaching your dreams.

~Rose Ariadne

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The eye

The eye with which I see God
Is the same eye with which God sees me.

~Meister Eckhart

Every choice

Every choice moves us closer to or farther away from something. Where are your choices taking your life? What do your behaviors demonstrate that you are saying yes or no to in life?

~Eric Allenbaugh

Only one thing

Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.

~Greg Anderson

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Be who you are

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

~Dr. Seuss

One's dignity

One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.

~Michael J. Fox

We'll see things

We'll see things today we shouldn't have to see, but listen up, we'll do it together. We'll be together, and we'll all come back together.

~anonymous fire lieutenant

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

No man

"No man has a chance to enjoy permanent success until he begins to look in a mirror for the real cause of all his mistakes."

~Napoleon Hill

He who is false

"He who is false to present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and will find the flaw when he may have forgotten its cause."

~Henry Ward Beecher

In my beginning

"In my beginning is my end."

~T.S. Eliot

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Always concentrate

Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you.

~Heidi Johnson

Consult not

Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do.

~Pope John XXIII

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The point is

The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.

~Julia Alvarez

Friday, May 16, 2008

No one will ever

No one will ever see me quit, because I simply won't. If I start something, I will finish it and do it well.

~Steve Belmarsh

Thursday, May 15, 2008

One of the most

One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.

~Sheila Murray Bethel

Courage

Courage is about doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.

~Eddie Rickenbacker

Let the world know

Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?

~Fanny Brice

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The difference

The difference between holding on to a hurt or releasing it with forgiveness is like the difference between laying your head down at night on a pillow filled with thorns or a pillow filled with rose petals.

~Loren Fischer

We are

We are very apt to over-rate the importance of our actions.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

If you can't

If you can't laugh, the days are just too long.

~Lauren Anderson

Monday, May 12, 2008

Do not think of your fault

Do not think of your fault; still less of others' faults. Look for what is good and strong and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.

~John Ruskin

Forgiveness

Forgiveness means letting go of a hurtful situation and moving on with your own happiness.

~Amanda Ford

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Things will happen

Things will happen in your life that you can't stop, but that's no reason to shut out the world. There's a purpose for the good and for the bad.

~"Crazy Pete" Sims

Saturday, May 10, 2008

It's not where you're from

It's not where you're from; it's where you're going. It's not what you drive; it's what drives you. It's not what's on you; it's what's in you. It's not what you think; it's what you know.

~Gatorade commercial

Friday, May 9, 2008

The culture we have

The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it.

~Morrie Schwartz

Thursday, May 8, 2008

You can't

You can't win the raffle if you don't buy the ticket.

~Ally McBeal

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Sometimes

Sometimes you cannot believe what you see. You have to believe what you feel.

~Morrie Schwartz

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

You may have

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.

~Mary Pickford

When faced

When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out.

~David Weatherford

Do

Do, or do not.
There is no try.

~Yoda

Monday, May 5, 2008

A political victory

A political victory, a rise of rents, the recovery of your sick or the return of your absent friend, or some other favorable event raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you. Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, May 4, 2008

If a man

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare composed poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

These questions

These questions which we lust to ask about the future are a confession of sin. God has no answer for them. No answer in words can reply to a question of things. It is not in an arbitrary "decree of God" but in the nature of man, that a veil shuts down on the facts of tomorrow; for the soul will not have us ready any other cipher than that of cause and effect. By this veil which curtains events it instructs the children of men to live in to-day.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, April 25, 2008

Nothing is

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.

~William James

Our high resolves

Our high resolves look down on our slumbering acts.

~L.E. Landon

Procrastination

Procrastination is the thief of time.

~Edward Young

We aquire

We acquire the strength we have overcome.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our weaknesses

Our weaknesses are divine gifts that when embraced will enable us to make our purposeful contribution to the whole, which is why we incarnated in the first place.

~Andrew Schneider

The burden

The burden is equal to the horse’s strength.

~The Talmud

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The voice of

The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations.

~Julie Cameron

Monday, April 14, 2008

The whole idea

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the other.... The whole purpose of life is to live by love.

~Thomas Merton

Love is

Love is not only something you feel. It is something you do.

~David Wilkerson

For all those years

For all those years you’ve protected the seed. It’s time to become the beautiful flower.

~Stephen C. Paul

Thursday, April 10, 2008

This is not the time

"This is not the time to stay at home,
But to go out and give yourself to the garden.
The dawn of joy has arisen,
And this is the moment of union, of vision."

~ Rumi

Life begins

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

~Neale Donald Walsch

You will never be

You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.

~James G. Bilkey

Learning to be aware

Learning to be aware of feelings, how they arise and how to use them creatively so they guide us to happiness, is an essential lifetime skill.

~Joan Borysenko

When emotions

When emotions are managed by the heart, they heighten your awareness of the world around you and add sparkle to life. The result is new intelligence and a new view of life.

~Doc Childre and Howard Martin

Success means

Success means fulfilling your own dreams, singing your own song, dancing your own dance, creating from your heart and enjoying the journey, trusting that whatever happens, it will be OK. Creating your own adventure!

~Elana Lindquist

People are defeated

People are defeated by easy, victorious and cheap successes more than by adversity.

~Benjamin Disraeli

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I want to know

I want to know the thoughts of God; the rest are details.

~Albert Einstein

Friday, April 4, 2008

The life of a man

The life of a man is a self-evolving circle, which, from a ring imperceptibly small, rushes on all sides outwards to new and larger circles, and that without end.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Between earth

Between earth and earth's atmosphere, the amount of water remains constant; there is never a drop more, never a drop less. This is a story of circular infinity, of a planet birthing itself.

~Linda Hogan

Water

Water, thou hast no taste, no color, no odor; canst not be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself, thou fillest us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses.

~Antoine De Saint-Exupery

If you gave me

If you gave me several million years, there would be nothing that did not grow in beauty if it were surrounded by water.

~Jan Erik Vold

All the water

All the water that will ever be is, right now.

~National Geographic, October 1993

Life

Life originated in the sea, and about eighty percent of it is still there.

~Isaac Asimov

Water

Water is the best of all things.

~Pindar

When

When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.

~Ben Franklin

There is

There is no small pleasure in water.

~Ovid

In every glass

In every glass of water we drink, some of the water has already passed through fishes, trees, bacteria, worms in the soil, and many other organisms, including people.

~Elliot A Norse

If

If there is magic on this plant, it is contained in water.

~ Loran Eisely

Water is

Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing, that makes water and nobody knows what that is.

~D H Lawrence

Water

Water is the King of Food

~ Nigerian proverb

There is

There is an Indian belief that everyone is in a house of four rooms: A physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room everyday, even if only to keep it aired, we are not complete.

~Rumer Godden

For all

For all my good intentions, there are days when things go wrong or I fall into old habits. When things are not going well, when I'm grumpy or mad, I'll realize that I've not been paying attention to my soul and I've not been following my best routine.

~Robert Fulghum

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Only those people

Only those people that have directly experienced the wetlands that line the shore...can appreciate their mystic qualities. The beauty of rising mists at dusk, the ebb and flow of the tides, the merging of fresh and salt waters, the turmoil of wind and rain.

~Governor's Task Force On Marine And Coastal Affairs, Delaware: Wetlands, 1972

If you could

If you could tomorrow morning make water clean in the world, you would have done, in one fell swoop, the best thing you could have done for improving human health by improving environmental quality.

~William C. Clark

Monday, March 10, 2008

I went

I went to the root of things, and found nothing but Him alone.

~Mira Bai

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Nothing great

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, February 24, 2008

To write spiritually

"To write spiritually is to engage in a search for authentic language. You’ll find your truth by writing your way to it."

-- Patrice Vecchione

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Everyone stumbles

Everyone stumbles over the truth from time to time, but most people pick themselves up and hurry off as though nothing ever happened.

~Sir Winston Churchill

To attain knowledge

To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.

~Lao Tzu

When guilt

When guilt rears its ugly head confront it, discuss it and let it go. The past is over. … Forgive yourself and move on.

~Bernie S. Siegel

Follow effective action

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.

~James Levin

Just because

Just because we increase the speed of information doesn't mean we can increase the speed of decisions. Pondering, reflecting and ruminating are undervalued skills in our culture.

~Dale Dauten

An avoidance

An avoidance of true communication is tantamount to a relinquishment of my self-being; if I withdraw from it I am betraying not only the other but myself.

~Karl Jaspers

The gesture

The gesture is the thing truly expressive of the individual – as we think so will we act.

~Martha Graham

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

You can

You can do anything you think you can. This knowledge is literally the gift of the gods, for through it you can solve every human problem. It should make of you an incurable optimist. It is the open door.

~Robert Collier

If opportunity

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

~Milton Berle

When one door

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

~Alexander Graham Bell

To really ask

To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind. The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.

~Anne Rice

In nature

In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with humans it is the other way around: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar.

~Anton Chekhov

Happiness

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.

~John Barrymore

I like flaws

I like flaws and feel more comfortable around people who have them. I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.

~Augusten Burroughs

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

We old folks

We old folks have to find our cushions and pillows in our tankards. Strong beer is the milk of the old.

~Martin Luther

No soldier

No soldier can fight unless he is properly fed on beef and beer.

~John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough

He was

He was a wise man who invented beer.

~Plato

This is grain

This is grain, which any fool can eat, but for which the Lord intended a more divine means of consumption… Beer!

~Friar Tuck

Give me a woman

Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.

~Kaiser Welhelm

I would give

I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety.

~Shakespeare, Henry V

Oh, lager beer!

Oh, lager beer! It makes good cheer, And proves the poor man’s worth; It cools the body through and through, and regulates the health.

~Anonymous

Alright brain

Alright brain, I don’t like you and you don’t like me, so just get me through this exam so I can go back to killing you slowly with beer.

~Homer Simpson

Monday, February 18, 2008

Our true identity

Our true identity is to love without fear and insecurity. Our higher potential finds us when we set our course in that direction. The power of love and compassion transforms insecurity.

~Doc Childre

You'll discover

You'll discover that real love is millions of miles past falling in love with anyone or anything. When you make that one effort to feel compassion instead of blame or self-blame, the heart opens again and continues opening.

~Sara Paddison,

Love is

Love is the best medicine, and there is more than enough to go around once you open your heart.

~Julie Marie

Harmonizing heart

Harmonizing heart and brain through love is what can establish a complete intelligence, a complete self, where a child can look at life and realize there are no dead ends, there are always possibilities. The greatest gift a parent can give a child during all the ups and downs of life is love.

~Doc Childre

As you continue

As you continue to send out love, the energy returns to you in a regenerating spiral... As love accumulates, it keeps your system in balance and harmony. Love is the tool, and more love is the end product.

~Sara Paddison

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The best form

The best form in which to worship God is every form.

~Neem Karoli Baba

To be free

To be free is to be able to stand up and leave everything behind - without looking back. To say "Yes!"

~Dag Hammarskjold

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Build

Build upon strengths, and weaknesses will gradually take care of themselves.

~Joyce C. Lock

A man is not

A man is not what he wishes himself to be, a man is what his actions prove him to be.


~Jean Paul Sartre

Life is hard

Life is hard, after all it kills you.

~Katherine Hepburn

It is only when

It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on Earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had.

~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross