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Home is no longer just a place to eat and sleep

Once we begin to see our lives within our own families as opportunities for spiritual development, the possibility of inner growth is unlimited. Home is no longer just a place to eat and sleep, but a school for our souls and spirits. Each day yields its lesson, and our children and partners become our teachers. We find our rhythm and learn to harmonize. We learn how to cherish and care for one another and how to care for our own souls as well. We learn to dance together, how to lead and when to follow. In so doing, we bring about changes both large and small, for our children, nurtured by rhythm, may ultimately heal and restore the rhythm of the world.
~ by Katrina Kenison in MITTEN STRINGS FOR GOD

The stars up in the bright sky

The stars up in the bright sky
When it's nighttime.
The people eating inside.
The animals eating outside.
Amen.
~ The prayer of a 3-year-old

When someone deeply listens to you

When someone deeply listens to you it is like holding out a dented cup you've had since childhood and watching it fill up with cold, fresh water. When it balances on top of the brim, you are understood. When it overflows and touches your skin, You are loved... When someone deeply listens to you, your bare feet are on the earth and a beloved land that seemed distant is now at home within you.
~ by John Fox in FINDING WHAT YOU DIDN'T LOSE

The house of my soul is narrow

...the house of my soul is narrow; enlarge it that thou mayest enter in.
~ St. Augustine

I belong to the wide wind

Because this bird is singing to me,
I belong to the wide wind,
The people far away who share
The air and the clouds.
Together we are looking up
Into all we do not own
And we are listening.
~ by Naomi Shihab Nye from "Messages from Everywhere"

This room and everything in it

And one day, when I need
to tell myself something intelligent
about love,

I'll close my eyes
and recall this room and everything in it...
~ by Li-Young Lee from "This Room and Everything in It"

The house we live in

What we speak becomes the house we live in.

~ Hafiz, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

The bright home in which I live

This is the bright home
In which I live,
This is where
I ask
My friends
To come,
This is where I want to love all the things
It has taken me so long
To learn to love.

~ by David Whyte from "The House of Belonging"

The stream of life that runs through the world

The same stream of life that runs through the world runs through my veins night and day and dances in rhythmic measure. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the Earth into the numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of flowers.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

Compassion for others

Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.
~ Pema Chodron
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