homecoming

When each instant is sacred

When each day is sacred
When each hour is sacred
When each instant is sacred
Earth and you, space and you
hearing the sacred through time
You'll reach the fields of light.

~ by Guillevic

Sacred sites teach us this

The sacred is within our hearts.
It is ours whenever and wherever we are.
Sacred sites teach us this --
the redemption of our sanctity.

~ by Peter Russell

This place requires and desires a lifetime of the most careful attention

Steeping ourselves in a place, simmering in its bounties, celebrating its wonders, and loving its peculiarities are necessary steps on a spiritual journey. We often take for granted the places where we work and play. To get to know them again, or perhaps for the first time, involves acts of consecration and imagination. Or as Wendell Berry puts it: "My most inspiring thought is that this place, if I am to live well in it, requires and deserves a lifetime of the most careful attention."

~ from PLAN B by Anne Lamott

The sacred landscape is a window into the other worlds

The sacred landscape is a window into the other worlds. It is a place where beings encounter each other, and meet themselves. Be open. If you see something, pay attention!

~ by Frederic Lehrman

The heart is the hub of all sacred places

The heart is the hub of all sacred places.
Go there and roam in it.

~ by Nityananda

Landscape is more than flat land covered by floodwater

Landscape is more than flat land covered by floodwater, the seeping of peat bogs, a river of liquid pewter viewed from a tower. It's an influence on what a person values, what she is willing to sacrifice or argue for. The interior landscape of a soul is, in part, a reflection of the exterior landscape.

After one hundred days of confinement following a bone marrow transplant, I rejoiced in taking short walks to a nearby park. The uncertainty of my survival made every blade of grass gorgeous in its green intensity, lifting itself up, doing its part to make the world more beautiful. Every breeze touching my neck was a gift, revitalizing me. I looked a the world tenderly, intensely, gratefully.

~ from GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE by Susan Vreeland

January 2002 (Vol. XV, No. 1)

BLESSINGS OF NEW BEGINNINGS asw enter the fifteenth year of Friends of Silence ... prayers and loe sent out to over 5300 individuals in homes around the world ... rippling out from the Silence we eah carry within our heart-home drawing others to unite in the Silence: Home to the Divine Guest who dwells within all whose heart-door is open.

Do not despise your own home and hour

The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is "look under foot." You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own home and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is of the world.

~ by John Burroughs
Ways of Nature
By John Burroughs

Home as places of preparation

Harry Emerson Fosdick urges the case for peaceful homes as places of nurturance. Nevertheless, he recognizes that our homes can become bastions against the world if they are not connected to work for the sake of the world outside. Fosdick affirms the ultimate purpose of peaceful homes:

O God of life, send from above
Thy succor, swift and strong,
That from such homes stout souls may come
To triumph over wrong.

Understood in this way, our homes are places of nurture but also of preparation. From such places some stalwart souls will envision the world in new ways.

~ from ATHENA'S DISGUISES: Mentors in Everyday Life by Susan Ford Wiltshire

Workshop for the creation of our identity

HOME is not only a refuge and a sanctuary. It can also be a workshop for the creation of our identity.

~ from SPIRITUAL LITERACY by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life
By Frederic Brussat, Mary Ann Brussat
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