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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
Soul work requires paying attention to life,
to the laughter and the sorrow,
the enlightening and the
the inspiring and the silly. -Matthew Fox
were to prescribe one process
training of people which is
to success in any
ongoing training in the habit
observation. It is
which every one of us
seeking evermore to perfect.
knows what each day is going to bring. The important
thing is to be open and ready for it.
is a rhythm in life, a certain beauty which
operates by a
variation of lights and shadows,
with sorrow, content with discontent, distilling
process of contrast a sense of satisfaction,
that can be captured and pinned down only
by those who
possess the gift of awareness.
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.
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
wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating;
there is really no such thing as bad weather,
different types of good weather.
takes a certain amount of intelligence and imagination to
realize the extraordinary queerness and mysteriousness of
the world in which we live. -Aldous
ultimate value of life depends upon awareness,
power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
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
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
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
our full attention to another person is itself stimulating.
they might appear to be, the person you're with right now is a human
with a full set of human qualities that you can respond to. If you
those qualities in them at first, ask yourself: Am I looking
attending closely enough? When people feel that they have your
sometimes they blossom before your eyes. Even if the communication
only lasts three minutes, it can make a big difference to both of your
and Dominic Houlder
All of us tend to put off living. We
are all dreaming
of some magical
horizon instead of enjoying the roses
that are blooming
outside our windows today. -Dale Carnegie
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
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
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:
your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at
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
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
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.
person curses the rain that falls upon their heads,
and know not that it brings abundance
away hunger. -Saint Basil
different from what we are,
we must have some awareness of what we
are. -Bruce Lee
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
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
aware that you already possess all the inner wisdom,
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
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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