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Silence is the language of God,
all else is poor translation
~ Rumi (1207-1273)
Muslim Poet & Sufi Mystic
You don't have a soul.
You are a soul.
You have a body.
C. S. Lewis, British Scholar & Novelist (1898-1963)
The natural world is a gift
that we have the obligation
to treasure and use carefully.
It is our moral responsibility
to protect it from damage,
and to pass it on to our heirs
in good condition.
To do less is to dishonor
the Giver and the gift.
Victor Grey, Author
(1943 - )
There is a sensual longing
for communion with others
who have a large vision.
The immense fulfillment
of the friendship between
those engaged in furthering
the evolution of consciousness
has a quality impossible to describe."
Pierre Teilhard deChardin
French philosopher & Jesuit Priest
is spiritual exercise
and every act of prayer
James Dillet Freeman (1912-2003)
The "Poet Laureate" of Unity Church
People usually consider walking on water or on thin air a miracle.
But I think the real miracle
is not to walk either on water or in thin air,
but to walk on earth.
Every day we are engaged in a miracle
which we don't even recognize:
a blue sky,
the black, curious eyes
of a child --
our own two eyes.
All is a miracle.
~Thich Nhat Hanh (1926- )
Vietnamese Buddhist monk
live in a moment of history,
where change is so speeded up that
we begin to see the present only when
it is already disappearing.
~Ronnie D. Laing, author
is the state of your vibratory field that determines your experience
of any event. In its most simple form, the cultivation of appreciation
for the smallest things in your life will give you the greatest
I have noticed that when I am in
the vibratory field of joy, appreciation and gratitude, I am
somehow insulated from the swirling madness of our time. It
is as if I am suspended above the conflicts that I was so engrossed
in only moments before. And I have also noticed that if these
feelings continue long enough, my external circumstances reflect
this vibratory field. In other words, reasons to feel joy, appreciation
and gratitude pop up all around me through such things as serendipity,
and odd coincidences (i.e., synchronicities) that assist me.
When I succumb, however, to the lower vibratory fields of fear,
anger and hostility (often after watching or reading too much
of the news, or simply indulging in my own bad habits of imagining
worst case scenarios), I find myself immersed in a world of
conflict. Serendipity and joy disappear, and the world that
was so full of magic and possibility evaporates before me. But
I am clear that this is all my own creation.
~ Tom Kenyon
time is limited,
so don’t waste it living someone else’s
Don’t be trapped by dogma,
which is living with the results
other people’s thinking.
Don’t let the noise
drown out you own inner voice.
have the courage to follow
your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know
what you truly want to become.
else is secondary.”
~Steve Jobs, Founder, Apple Computer
psychologist, psychoanalyst, and
vision to change the cultural conversation
on aging and beauty is ours for the taking.
We need not get caught in the details on
how this paradigm shift is going to occur --
vision rarely starts with the details.
Dr. Ilene Cummings, Author
The Lavender Lace Bra
It is not the magnitude
of our actions
but the amount of love
is put into them
The biggest disease today
is not leprosy or tuberculosis,
of being unwanted.
The most important part of prayer
is what we feel,
not what we say.
We spend a great deal of time telling God
we think should be done,
and not enough time
waiting in the stillness
for God to tell us
what to do.
Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981)
and Works in Her Own Words
is no measure of health
to be well adjusted to a
profoundly sick society.
“Is God a Man or a Woman ?
The answer to
this question is neither—
God is That.
But if you must
give God a gender,
God is more female than male,
for he is contained
—Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi)
(1953 - )
If you think you are
too small to
make a difference
try sleeping with
The 14th Dalai Lama
(1935 - )
Men spend their lives in anticipations,—in determining to
be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the
present time has one advantage over every other—it is
our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come.
We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock
of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall
find that both are soured by age.
Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832), was an
English cleric, writer
We judge ourselves
by what we feel
capable of doing,
we have already
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American Educator and Poet (1807-1882)
leave the world a bit better,
by a healthy child,
a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to know that even one life has breathed easier
because you have
This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American Essayist and Poet
is not garnered from the
what may befall us;
it resides in humanity’s willingness
restore, redress, reform,
There is no devil in the universe
except mankind's own
thoughts & feelings,
Discovery consists of seeing
what everybody has seen
and thinking what
- Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi.
Love and concern for all are not things
some of us are born with and others are not.
Rather, they are results of what we do with our minds:
We can choose to transform our minds
so that they embody love,
or we can allow them
to develop habits &
have come to the frightening conclusion that
I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily
mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life
miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations,
it is my response that decides
whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated,
and a person is humanized or de-humanized.
If we treat people as
they are, we make them worse.
If we treat people as they ought to
we help them become what they are capable of becoming."
"There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance"
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(1749 - 1832)
greater the ignorance,
the greater the dogmatism"
Sir William Osler, M.D.
Only in quiet waters
do things mirror themselves
Only in a quiet mind
~Hans Margolius (1902-)
The voyage of discovery
is not in seeking
but in having new eyes.
Don't ask yourself what the world needs.
yourself what makes you come alive,
then go do that.
Because what the world
is people who have come alive."
~Howard Thurman (1900-1981)
Professor of Theology,
intuitive mind is a sacred gift,
the rational mind is
a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honors the
and has forgotten the gift."
"Great spirits have always encountered
violent opposition from
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
do not belong to you. You belong to the universe.
of you will remain forever obscure to you,
but you may assume
you are fulfilling your significance
if you apply yourself to
converting all you experience
to highest advantage to others.
Make the world work, for
100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous
cooperation, without ecological offense or the disadvantage
- Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)
20th century inventor,
I have come to recognize evolution
not only as
an active process
that I am experiencing at the time,
something I can guide
by the choices I make.
~Jonas Salk (1914-1995)
Physician and Research Scientist
Change is not merely necessary to life,
it is life.
Allen Toffler (1928-)
Futurist and Writer
We don't see things as they are.
We see things as
- Anais Nin, author
The day will come when, after harnessing
space, the winds, the tides,
we shall harness for God the energies of love.
And on that day,
for the second time in the history of the world
we shall have discovered fire.
~Tielhard de Chardin (1881-1955)
French Jesuit, paleontologist, biologist,
The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Always aim at purifying
your thoughts and everything
will be well.
(1869 - 1948)
To start from the
self and try to understand all things
To let the self
be awakened by all things
Japanese Zen Buddhist Teacher
The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And the habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and its ways with care;
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings.
As the shadow follows the body,
As we think, so we become
--From the Dhammapada
(the sayings of the Buddha)
greater danger for most of us lies not
in setting our aim
too high and falling short;
but in setting our aim too
and achieving our mark.
sculptor, painter, architect, and poet
Death is not extinguishing the light;
it is putting out the lamp
because the Dawn
is no situation that is not transformable.
There is no person who is hopeless.
There is no set of circumstances
that cannot be turned about
by ordinary human beings
and their natural capacity
for love of the deepest sort.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches
Discovery consists of seeing
Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-1986)
Nobel Prize in Medicine 1937
souls of people, on their way to Earth-life, pass through
a room full of lights; each takes a taper - often only a spark
- to guide it in the dim country of this world. But some souls,
by rare fortune, are detained longer - have time to grasp
a handful of tapers, which they weave into a torch. These
are the torch-bearers of humanity - its poets, seers and saints,
who lead and lift the race out of darkness, toward the light.
They are the law-givers and saviors, the light-bringers, way-showers
and truth-tellers, and without them, humanity would lose its
way in the dark.
(ca, 427-ca 347 BC) Greek Philosopher
the only prayer
you ever say
in your whole life
is 'Thank you
that would suffice."
—Meister Eckhart (1260-1328)
German theologian, philosopher & mystic
love to think
of nature as an
through which God
speaks to us every hour,
if only we tune in.
George Washington Carver (1864-1943)
Botanist and inventor
There is no master race.
There is no greatest nation.
There is no one true religion.
There is no inherently perfect philosophy.
There is no always right political party,
morally supreme economic system,
or one and only way to heaven.
Erase these ideas from your memory.
Eliminate them from your experience.
Eradicate them from your culture.
For these are thoughts of division and separation,
and you have killed each other over these thoughts.
Only the truth I give you here will save you:
WE ARE ONE.
Carry this message far and wide, across oceans
and over continents, around the corner and around the world.
~Neale Donald Walsch, Friendship with God, p. 359
is the beginning
You imagine what you desire,
you will what you imagine,
and at last
what you will.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish Author
it will kill your
- Nelson Mandela (1918-
Former President of South Africa
We could say that meditation doesn't have
a reason or doesn't have a purpose. In this respect it's unlike almost
all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When
we make music we don't do it in order to reach a certain point, such
as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music
then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when
we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place
on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is
the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point.
And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the
discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate
~Alan Watts, American writer (1915-1973)
Death is not extinguishing the
it is putting out the lamp
because the Dawn