Quotes for
the Journey:


The next message you need is
always right where you are.

Ram Dass


We must work on our souls, enlarging and expanding them.  We do so by experiencing all of life-- the beauty and the joy as well as the grief and pain.  Soul work requires paying attention to life, to the laughter and the sorrow, the enlightening and the frightening, the inspiring and the silly.       -Matthew Fox

If I were to prescribe one process in the training of people which is fundamental to success in any direction, it would be thorough ongoing training in the habit of accurate observation.  It is a habit which every one of us should be seeking evermore to perfect.       -Eugene G. Grace
One never knows what each day is going to bring. The important thing is to be open and ready for it.       -Henry Moore
There is a rhythm in life, a certain beauty which operates by a variation of lights and shadows, happiness alternating with sorrow, content with discontent, distilling in this process of contrast a sense of satisfaction, of richness that can be captured and pinned down only by those who possess the gift of awareness.        -Louis Bromfield
Shut your eyes and you will know what I mean by thought entombed in darkness.  Light comes through the senses, and not only through the sense of sight.  When you see without feeling, you are still partly blind; you lack the inner light that brings awareness.  Awareness requires the interplay of every faculty, the use of your entire being as an eye.       -Charles A. Lindbergh

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different types of good weather.        -John Ruskin
It takes a certain amount of intelligence and imagination to realize the extraordinary queerness and mysteriousness of the world in which we live.       -Aldous Huxley
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness, and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.        -Aristotle
You know of the disease in Central Africa called sleeping sickness. . . . There also exists a sleeping sickness of the soul.  Its most dangerous aspect is that one is unaware of its coming.  That is why you have to be careful.  As soon as you notice the slightest sign of indifference, the moment you become aware of the loss of a certain seriousness, of longing, of enthusiasm and zest, take it as a warning.  You should realize your soul suffers if you live superficially.       -Albert Schweitzer
Look everywhere with your eyes; but with your soul never look at many things, but at one.       -V.V. Rozanov
Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.      -James Thurber


Most of the time, if you're not really paying attention, you're someplace else.  So your child might say, "Daddy, I want this," and you might say, "Just a minute, I'm busy."  Now that's no big deal--we all get busy, and kids frequently ask for attention.  But over your child's entire youth, you may have an enormous number of such moments to be really, fully present, but because you thought you were busy, you didn't see the opportunities these moments presented. . . . People carry around an enormous amount of grief because they missed the little things.        -Jon Kabat- Zinn
Giving our full attention to another person is itself stimulating.  However dull they might appear to be, the person you're with right now is a human being with a full set of human qualities that you can respond to.  If you don't see those qualities in them at first, ask yourself:  Am I looking deeply enough, attending closely enough?  When people feel that they have your full attention sometimes they blossom before your eyes.  Even if the communication only lasts three minutes, it can make a big difference to both of your days.        -Kulananda and Dominic Houlder

All of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.       -Dale Carnegie
The present moment is significant, not as the bridge between past and future, but by reason of its contents, which can fill our emptiness and become ours, if we are capable of receiving them.        -Dag Hammarskjold
Great opportunities come to all, but many do not know they have met them.  The only preparation to take advantage of them is . . .  to watch what each day brings.        -Albert E. Dunning
If we face our unpleasant feelings with care, affection, and nonviolence, we can transform them into a kind of energy that is healthy and has the capacity to nourish us.  By the work of mindful observation, our unpleasant feelings can illuminate so much for us, offering us insight and understanding into ourselves and society.       -Thich Nhat Hanh

The best things are nearest:  breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you.  Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things of life.       -Robert Louis Stevenson
To have an open self is to provide a free channel for the infinite goodness of God.  To have an open self is to keep yourself aware, alert and sensitive to the beauty and wonder of life.  Godís love will flow through you into the world when you are open.  You enlarge the dimensions of your life when you keep yourself open to the highest and best.  The key to Godís infinite riches is within you; open yourself and you will receive.        -Wilferd A. Peterson
Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.       -Maurice Setter
Many a person curses the rain that falls upon their heads,  and know not  that it brings abundance  to drive away hunger.       -Saint Basil
To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.        -Bruce Lee
Recently a neighbor of ours took his two small children to the mountains for a vacation.  The very first morning the children woke him at daybreak, clamoring to go exploring.  Stifling an impulse to send them back to bed, he struggled into his clothes and took them for a walk.  At the edge of a pond they stopped to rest, and while they were sitting there quietly, a doe and her fawn came down to drink.
   "I watched my youngsters' faces," he said, "and suddenly it was as if I were seeing and feeling everything for the first time:  the hush of the woods, the mist over the water, the grace and gentleness of those lovely creatures, the kinship of all living things.  It only lasted a few seconds, but the thought came to me that happiness isn't something you have to strive and struggle for.  It's simply an awareness of the beauty and harmony of existence.  And I said to myself:  remember this moment, put it away carefully in your mind--because you may need to draw strength and comfort from it someday."  Giving his children a new experience, that man also opened a door for himself.     -Arthur Gordon, A Touch of Wonder
We are so busy in our lives that we need to purposely give attention to the everyday things that can make our lives lovelier, such as keeping a vase of fresh flowers in an obvious place, or several places in the house.      -Emilie Barnes
Become aware that you already possess all the inner wisdom, strength, and creativity needed to make your dreams come true. This is hard for most of us to realize because the source of this unlimited personal power is buried so deeply beneath the bills, the car pool, the deadlines, the business trip, and the dirty laundry that we have difficulty accessing it in our daily lives. When we can't access our inner resources, we come to the flawed conclusion that happiness and fulfillment come only from external events. That's because external events usually bring with them some sort of change. . . .We can learn to be the catalysts for our own change. . . .you already possess all you need to be genuinely happy.        -Sarah Ban Breathnach

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