Life shrinks or expands

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
~ Anais Nin

It is as if God planted a great big kiss in the middle of our spirit

It is as if God planted a great big kiss in the middle of our spirit and all the wounds, doubts, and guilt feelings were healed at the same moment. The experience of being loved by the Ultimate Mystery banishes every fear.

~ Thomas Keating

Let nothing disturb you

Let nothing disturb you;
Let nothing make you afraid;
All things pass;
Yet God is unchanging.
Is enough for everything.
You who have God
Lack nothing.
God alone is sufficient.
~ Teresa of Avila

The enemy is fear

The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but it is really fear.
~ Gandhi

Courage is a willingness to act from the heart

Our word "courage" comes form the French word coeur, "heart." Courage is a willingness to act from the heart, to let your heart lead the way, not knowing what will be required of you next, and if you can do it.

~ Jean Shinoda Bolen in GODS IN EVERYMAN

The spiritual gifts of simplicity

It came to me while reflecting on that woodland encounter with the night that there are two very valuable spiritual gifts that simplicity gives to us. It seems the more we can strip our lives down to essentials, the more deliberately and awake we can live; with few wants and more time for silence and contemplation, the more we have access to our inner resources. The more lightly we walk on this earth, the more she gives to us. I call these spiritual gifts inner smiling and outgoingness of the heart.


Nobody sees a flower, really

Still—in a way—nobody sees a flower, really. It is so small—we haven't time—and to see takes time. Like to have a friend takes time.

~ over "Red Poppy" by Georgia O'Keefe
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Collections
By Barbara Buhler Lynes

Voluntary simplicity

Voluntary simplicity involves both inner and outer condition. It means singleness of purpose, sincerity and honesty within, as well as avoidance of exterior clutter, of many possessions irrelevant to the purpose of life. It means an ordering and guiding of our energy and our desires, a partial restraint in some directions in order to secure greater abundance of life in other directions. It involves a deliberate organization of life for a purpose.

~ Richard Gregg in VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY by Duane Elgin

I am simpler

I am simpler and more human in a setting where simplicity and the sacred human gesture are norms rather than exceptions.

~ Dennis Leder in "Presence," Vol. 1, No. 2, May, 1995


nomads, natives, wanderers
carriers of life's precious elements
they know what holds value
the earth, the sky, people, fish, animals, plants, insects
all that God created is good but man is not complete
we accumulate things, build things, save things
what a load to carry on your life's journey
we are bent and slowed by the weight
let go of the things
learn from the wanderers
the diamonds and pearls will now be there for you to see.

~ Bernie Siegel, MD
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