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Giving forth positive energy

Giving forth positive energy in the name of blessing instead of giving forth negative energy in the form of cursing is forgiveness.

~ Don Roth

The only way to permanently change the world

Forgiveness is not just some nebulous, vague idea one can easily dismiss. It has to do with uniting people through practical politics. Without forgiveness there is no future. To forgive is the only way to permanently change the world.

~ Desmond Tutu

March 2015 (Vol. XXVIII, No. 3)

Greetings dear friends! Recently I listened to a man recounting an incident that had led to a falling out with a friend he had known for thirty years. His sorrow and regret were palpable as he agonized over how to mend the wound that had opened up between them. "He won't even talk to me. How can I say I'm sorry?" If even this relatively benign infraction was so difficult to overcome, how much harder is it to forgive the unspeakable cruelties we humans inflict on each other and on the world around us? Yet how can we heal wounds without the grace of forgiveness?

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Making ourselves fully available

When we have made ourselves fully available to our neighbor and to God, becoming emptied in the process, then at last we begin to live.

~ from HAPPINESS THAT LASTS by Martin Israel
Happiness That Lasts
By Martin Israel

To belong to a community

To belong to a community is to begin to be about more than myself...No work is enough to satisfy the human soul. Only the satisfaction of having touched another life and been touched by one ourselves can possibly suffice. Whatever we do, however noble, however small, must be done for the sake of the other. Otherwise, we ourselves have no claim on the human race.

~ from LISTEN WITH THE HEART by Joan Chittister

Friendship requires leisure

Friendship requires leisure. This fine cultural form cannot survive without the time and leisure that are its lifeblood. I love the East Indian custom of standing next to someone in silence, probably just a step in back of him or her, if you wish to make friends. Silence, waiting, time, respect for another's space–these are the elements of friendship.

~from LYING WITH THE HEAVENLY WOMAN by Robert A Johnson

Walking illingly into the unknown

"Read me LEAVES OF GRASS," Harold pleaded -

And she began,
"I know that the hand of God is the promise of my own,
And I know that the Spirit of God is the brother of my own,
And that all the men ever born are also my brothers, and
the women my sisters..."

She looked at him, his eyes dewy, hugging himself, as if he were being filled to bursting. He was too different to be accepted by anyone but another living oddity. She had to put her love somewhere, or it would dry up. Maybe that's what love is– walking willingly into the unknown for the sake of the other. The sheen in his eyes told her he absorbed it like a thirsty desert.

~ from THE FOREST LOVER by Susan Vreeland
The Forest Lover
By Susan Vreeland

Each friend represents a world in us

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

~ from THE DIARY OF ANAIS NIN

The glory of friendship

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, not the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Discovering our contemplative community

Sometimes compassion compels us to confront, sometimes to cajole, sometimes to be silent and wait, sometimes to do or say what it would never occur to our egocentric self to do or say, for we can never say for certain in advance just how compassionate love may prompt us to act, to see, and accept within ourselves and others. Yet, in our willingness to recognize and go forth to identify with the preciousness of ourselves and others in our collective frailty, we discover our contemplative community in the intimate texture of our daily interactions with one another.

~ from THE CONTEMPLATIVE HEART by James Finley
The Contemplative Heart
By James Finley
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