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God is in me as the sun is in the color and fragrance of a flower

I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the color and fragrance of a flower — the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence.

~ Helen Keller

May your life be like a wildflower

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.

~ Native American proverb

Love is the root of Life

Love is the root of Life that unites all.

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

What lies within us

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Another great tide is beginning to rise

Even as seas rise against shores, another great tide is beginning to rise— a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth's fullness of life.

~ from GREAT TIDE RISING: TOWARDS CLARITY AND MORAL COURAGE IN A TIME OF PLANETARY CHANGE by Kathleen Moore

All part of the same fabric

What was extraordinary was that I saw clearly, indisputably, finally, that the child, the grass, the trees, the sky above were all woven of the same material, were all part of the same fabric, which was the fabric of which the universe is made, and that this fabric lived. As pointed contrast, the cement sidewalk lay ugly and dead, a scar in the picture; except for it, the whole scene was transcendent with beauty, the colors had an intensity, a purity not present in "real" life, and the vision was imbued with a feeling of the perfect peace and oneness and benevolence of the universe.

~ from THE PERFECTION OF THE MORNING by Sharon Butala

Grasps little

He who grabs much, grasps little.

~ Mexican proverb from EARTH CARE: WORLD FOLKTALES TO TALK ABOUT by Margaret Read MacDonald

No life is alone

The word blessing evokes a sense of warmth and protection; it suggests that no life is alone or unreachable. Each life is clothed in raiment of spirit that secretly links it to everything else.

~ from TO BLESS THE SPACE BETWEEN US by John O'Donohue

To call these things sacred

To call these things sacred is to say that they have a value beyond their usefulness for human ends, that they themselves become the standard by which our acts, our economics, our laws, and our purposes must be judged. No one has the right to appropriate them or profit from them at the expense of others. Any government that fails to protect them forfeits its legitimacy.

All people, all living things, are part of the earth life, and so are sacred. No one of us stands higher or lower than any other. Only justice can assure balance: only ecological balance can sustain freedom. Only in freedom can that fifth sacred thing we call spirit flourish in its full diversity.

~ from THE FIFTH SACRED THING by Starhawk

The welfare of one living being depends on that of another

Through greater intimacy with the natural world, we begin to appreciate its complexity and gain a clearer understanding of the relationship between the rains, the soul, and the plants, the animals and the trees, and how the welfare of one living being depends on that of another.

~ from SACRED WATER by Nathaniel Altman
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