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Interbeing

Knowing yourself is not so much about introspection as interaction. To know yourself is to realize that you are more than the little self that has been given to you by your history—the pattern that others made—that your true self is, in truth, much larger and includes other people, other cultures, other species even. That life is less about BEING and more about INTERBEING. We come to know ourselves, then, through coming to know each other. And the deeper that knowledge, the richer and more creative the world we build together.

~ from"Tuimanye" (meaning know yourself") by Danny Martin, Perspectives, Fall '98

Community calls for open mind and open heart

Community calls for open mind and open heart...to be a place where the truth of the one-ness of human community shatters all barriers, refuses all prejudice, welcomes all strangers, listens to all voices. We must ask what God wants for the world, rather than simply what we want. We need the wisdom of humility now. We need that quality of life that makes it possible for humanity to see beyond itself, to value the other, to touch the world gently and peacefully and make the whole world better as we move ahead.

~ Joan Chittister in "Spirituality and Health" -- Nov/Dec 2003

Golden repair

There is a Japanese word, kintsukuroi, that means "golden repair." It is the art of restoring broken pottery with gold so the fractures are literally illuminated—a kind of physical expression of its spirit. As a philosophy, kintsukuroi celebrates imperfection as an integral part of the story, not something to be disguised...In kintsukuroi, the true life of an object (or a person) begins the moment it breaks and reveals that it is vulnerable. 

~ Georgia Pellegrini

The Blossom vanishes of itself

The Blossom vanishes of itself
As the fruit grows.
So will your lower self vanish
As the Divine grows within you.

~ Vivekananda
Meditation and Its Methods According to Swami Vivekananda
By Swami Vivekananda, edited by Swami Chetanananda, foreword by Christopher Isherwood

Only through an inner spiritual transformation

Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Precious Memories

Precious memories, unseen angels,
sent from somewhere to my soul;
how they linger, ever near me,
and the sacred past unfold.

Precious memories, how they linger,
how they ever flood my soul,
in the stillness of the midnight,
precious, sacred scenes unfold.

~ as sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford

The Vale of Soul-Making

Call the earth if you please,
"The Vale of soul-making."

~ John Keats

Marla Says Cruel Things that She Doesn't Mean

Marla says cruel things that she doesn’t mean. That’s how she deals with her painful life. Most of us do not understand that we might see each other only for a brief few times in a single lifetime and yet be eternal friends. Marla is drawn to your soul, Alexander. Your people have the most dazzling and vivid souls. Since Marla has always been so very close to that other world, where only soul exists, she is able to see and love your soul.

~ from THE FAR EUPHRATES by Aryeh L. Stollman

Spirituality Is an Awakening to the Inner Reality of Our Being

Spirituality is, in its essence, an awakening to the inner reality of our being, to a spirit, self, soul which is other than our mind, life, and body; an inner aspiration to know, to feel, to be that, to enter into contact with the greater Reality beyond and pervading the universe which inhabits also our own being.

 
~ from THE LIFE DIVINE by Sri Auribindo

The soul's natural inclination to love beauty is the trap God uses

The soul’s natural inclination to love beauty is the trap God most frequently uses in order to win it and open it to the Breath from on high.

 
~ Simone Weil
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