Sunday, May 20, 2018
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Some people think that prayer or meditation involves only our minds or our hearts. But we also have to pray with our bodies, with our actions in the world.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh
Sunday, May 6, 2018
After all is said and done, after all our spiritual practices and all the esoteric knowledge that might be acquired, the real measure of soulfulness is simply the degree of our humility, gratitude, patience, and love.
-- Kabir Helminski
Sunday, April 29, 2018
There are two parallel tasks in spiritual life. One is to discover selflessness, and the other is to develop a healthy sense of self. Both sides of that apparent paradox must be fulfilled for us to awaken.
-- Jack Kornfield
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Sunday, April 8, 2018
The true purpose of all spiritual disciplines is to clear away whatever may block our awareness of that which is God in us. The aim is to get rid of whatever may so distract the mind and encumber the life that we function without this awareness, or as if it were not possible.
-- Howard Thurman
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Jesus never asked anyone to form a church, ordain priests, develop elaborate rituals and institutional cultures, and splinter into denominations. His two great requests were that we "love one another as I have loved you" and that we share bread and wine together as an open channel of that interabiding love.
-- Cynthia Bourgeault
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Sunday, March 18, 2018
When you look at the clouds, they are not symmetrical. They do not form fours and they do not come along in cubes, but you know at once that they are not a mess. A dirty old ashtray full of junk may be a mess, but clouds do not look like that.
-- Alan Watts
Saturday, March 17, 2018
A few weeks ago, I met a Sufi friend of mine for tea at a bakery on a gray afternoon. We sat at a corner table and spent a couple of hours talking about Sufism and Islam and Jesus and the Bible and the "gospel" and Taoism, and about Turkey, his homeland.
We'd been in a few interfaith discussion groups before, but this was the first time we'd had a chance to talk one on one about our respective paths. I ought to be able to give a better accounting of the conversation, but the bulk of it escapes me right now.
I do remember one thing, though. Despite our different paths, I came away knowing he and I have crawled over some of the same spiritual ground. We've worked our way to some of the same wisdom. He comes from one direction. I come from another. But we're both making our way up the same holy mountain.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
The Unmanifested is not separate from the manifested. It pervades this world, but it is so well disguised that almost everybody misses it completely. If you know where to look, you'll find it everywhere. A portal opens up every moment.
-- Eckhart Tolle