love

It Felt Love

How

Did the rose
Ever open its heart

And give to this world
All its
Beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light
Against its
Being

Otherwise,
We all remain

Too

Frightened.

~ Hafiz
The Gift
By Hafiz

Increasing the durability of love

Maybe the purpose of being here, wherever we are, is to increase the durability and the occasions of love among and between peoples. Love, as the concentration of tender caring and tender excitement, or love as the reason for joy.

~June Jordon

There is only one breath

There is only one breath. All are made of the same clay. The light within all is the same.

~ Guru Granth Sahib

As long as we love

This rock has seen many storms. Here it stands exposed to the elements, covered with the scars of its past. But one thing that always gave me comfort in coming here—it has not crumbled. It is still standing at the water’s edge, facing the wind and the sea and whatever the future will bring...Our hearts are like this rock. They will not crumble as long as we live and as long as we love.

~from ALL THAT MATTERS by Jan Goldstein
All That Matters: A Novel
By Jan Goldstein

When the heart break the words fall in

The insight at the heart of nonviolence is that we live in a tragic gap—a gap between the way things are and the way we know they might be… If we want to live nonviolent lives, we must learn to stand in the tragic gap, faithfully holding the tension between reality and possibility in hopes of being opened to a third way... [of breaking our] collective hearts open to justice, truth, and love.

There is an old Hasidic tale that tells us how such things happen. The pupil comes to the rebbe and asks, "Why does Torah tell us to 'place these words upon your hearts’? Why does it not tell us to place these holy words in our hearts?" The rebbe answers, "It is because as we are, our hearts are closed, and we cannot place the holy words in our hearts. So we place them on top of our hearts. And there they stay until, one day, the heart breaks, and the words fall in."

~Parker J. Palmer in A HIDDEN WHOLENESS

Please call me by my true name

Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and
laughter at once,

so I see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up

and the door of my heart

can be left open,
the door of compassion.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

The opposite of injustice is not justice but compassion

In spiritual maturity, the opposite of injustice is not justice, but compassion. Not me against you, not me straightening out the present ill, fighting to gain a just result for myself and others, but compassion, a life that goes against nothing and fulfills everything.

~from NOTHING SPECIAL by Charlotte Joko Beck
Nothing Special
By Charlotte J. Beck, Steve Smith

To love another

To love another is to see the face of the Beloved mirroring your own.

~ from LUMEN CHRISTI...HOLY WISDOM by Nan Merrill

The philosophy is kindness

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple: The philosophy is kindness.

~H. H. the Dalai Lama (from Liz)
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