winter

What wisdom teaches us

Wisdom teaches us that arriving at the Truth is experiencing the graciousness and loving kindness of God.

~ John Main

Along the way to wisdom

Along the way to knowledge,
Many things are accumulated...
Along the way to wisdom,
Many things are discarded.

~ Lao-Tze

Wisdom is the Oneness of Mind

Wisdom is the Oneness of Mind that guides and permeates all things.

~ Heraclitus

Who is wisdom and where is it to be found?

Who is wisdom and where is it to be found? Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.

~ from STILLNESS SPEAKS by Eckhart Tolle

May you grow still enough

May you grow still enough to hear the small noises earth makes in preparing for the long sleep of winter, so that you yourself may grow calm and grounded deep within. May you grow still enough to hear the trickling of water seeping into the ground, so that your soul may be softened and healed, and guided in its flow. May you grow still enough to hear the splintering of starlight in the winter sky and the roar at earth's fiery core. May you grow still enough to hear the stir of a single snowflake in the air, so that your inner silence may turn into hushed expectation.

~ Brother David Steindl-Rast, OSB, thanks to Toto Rendlen

Let us accept the invitation from the Stillness

Let us accept the invitation, ever open, from the Stillness, taste its exquisite sweetness, and heed its silent instruction.

~ Paul Brunton

Winter is the quietest time of year

Even with its storms, winter is the quietest time of year. There is nothing like the quiet after a storm. If you have had the privilege of being in the mountains right after a snowfall when there is no wind, nothing is moving, the snow is sucking up every sound, and you hear a deep silence everywhere, you know how potent this silence is.

~ from EMPTY DANCING by Adyashanti

Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found

True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.

~ from STILLNESS SPEAKS by Eckhart Tolle

We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves

We collect data, things, people, ideas, 'profound experiences,' never penetrating any of them . . . But there are other times. There are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.

~ James Carroll, in SILENCE AND SOLITUDE, edited by Eileen Campbell

Let the soul banish all that disturbs

Let the soul banish all that disturbs; and let the body that envelops it be still, and all the fretting of the body, and all that surrounds it; let earth and sea and air be still; and heaven itself. And then feel the Spirit streaming, pouring, rushing into you from all sides, while you are quiet in this Peace.

~ Plotinus, AD 205, thanks to Suzanne and Philip Norton
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