Every person takes the limits
or her own
field of vision
for the limits of the world.
during the day, I consciously focus on some ordinary object and
allow myself a momentary "paying-attention." This
paying-attention gives meaning
to my life. I don't know who it was, but someone said that
paid to anything is a window into the universe. Pausing to think
even for a brief moment, is very important. It gives quality to
I am, fifty-eight, and I still
what I'm going
when I grow up. -Peter Drucker
you take a few minutes each day to quiet your mind, you
nice benefit: your everyday, "ordinary"
life will begin
to seem far more
things that previously went
unnoticed will begin to
please you. You'll be more easily satisfied,
all around. Rather
than focusing on what's wrong with
your life, you'll find yourself thinking
about and more
what's right with your life. The world won't
change, but your
perception of it will. You'll start to
notice the little acts
kindness and caring from other
people rather than
the negativity and anger. -Jack Canfield
world is round and the place
which may seem like the end,
may also be
only the beginning. -Ivy
We think too small, like the frog at
the bottom of the well.
It thinks the sky is only
as big as the top of the well.
If it surfaced, it would have an entirely different view.
it's a pebble in a riverbed or a soaring mountain peak,
see everything in the world as the handiwork of the Lord.
When I paint, I try to represent the beauty of God's
creation in my art.
Many modern painters see the world as
a jumble of random lines
and shapes with no divine beauty
or order, and their works reflect their viewpoint.
Because I see God's peacefulness, serenity, and
I work to capture those feelings on the
My vision of God defines my vision of the world.
What makes us discontented with our
condition is the absurdly exaggerated idea
we have of the
happiness of others. -unattributed
We are all at different stages of growth,
so we each need different things
to trigger that
connection to the soul. What works for me on any
might not work for someone else, or for me on
Often, it is the basic things. I
live ten feet from the ocean, in a small cottage.
need to be by the water; I've spent a lot of my journey
getting closer and closer
to this water. I need to
remember, to get up in the morning and watch the sunrise
and take a moment at night to see and feel the sunset.
I need to see the colors
of the sky; I need to feel
the colors. I need to surround myself with music,
because my soul resonates to music. I've decorated
my home with
the colors of the universe--bright colors.
Color is light.
Colors help me feel alive,
help me feel passionate, help me remember
that I'm here
to be an alive, passionate human being.
Clay is fashioned
into vessels; it is on their empty hollowness that their
Doors and windows are cut out to make
a dwelling, and on the empty space within,
depends. Thus, while the existence of things may be
it is the non-existence in them that makes them
tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of
only a green thing which stands in the way. To
the eyes of people
of imagination Nature is Imagination
itself. As we are, so we see.
two worlds: the world that
we can measure with line and rule,
and the world that we can feel
with our hearts and imagination. -Leigh Hunt
things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved
for the imperfections that have been divinely appointed,
that the law of human life may be Effort,
and the law of
human judgment, Mercy. -John
are wise people who do not grieve
for the things
which they have not,
but rejoice for those which they have.
look only at the surface and that satisfies them
and they think from
that surface they see, that is to be truly blind.
There are long periods when
life seems a small, dull round,
a petty business
with no point, and then
suddenly we are caught up
in some great event which
gives us a glimpse
of the solid and durable foundations of our existence.
with the choice between changing one's mind
and proving there
is no need
to do so,
almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
is the close observation of little things which is the secret of
in business, in art, in science, and in every pursuit of
life. -Samuel Smiles
You see things;
and say "Why?"
But I dream things that never were; and
say, "Why not?" -George Bernard
It is better for
you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet,
than to have
a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.
I am entirely on the side of mystery.
I mean, any attempt to explain away the mystery is
I believe in the profound and
unfathomable mystery of life
which has a sort of divine
quality about it. -Aldous Huxley
beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
the fundamental emotion which stands at the
cradle of true art and true science.
Compared to what we
ought to be, we are only half awake. We are
use of only a small part of our physical and mental
resources. -William James
A friend's son was in
the first grade of school, and his teacher asked the class,
"What is the color of apples? Most of the children
answered red. A few said green. Kevin, my friend's
son, raised his hand and said white. The teacher tried to
explain that apples could be red, green, or sometimes golden, but
never white. Kevin was quite insistent, and finally said,
"Look inside." Perception without mindfulness
keeps us on the surface of things, and we often miss other levels
of reality. -Joseph Goldstein, Insight
flower unblown; a book unread;
A tree with fruit unharvested;
A path untrod; a house whose rooms
Lack yet the heart's divine perfumes;
A landscape whose wide border lies
In silent shade beneath the skies;
A wondrous fountain yet unsealed;
A casket with its gifts concealed--
This is the Year that for you waits
Beyond tomorrow's mystic gates.
Horatio Nelson Powers
An excellent way to practice love is to set
your attention on seeing beyond
someone's behavior or
personality. Try to realize that beneath the
negative thinking, and poor behavior,
everyone is connected to God. Just as you wouldn't
get angry at someone simply because he or she is in a
wheelchair, you need not
be angry because a person hasn't
yet opened his heart to the nourishment of his Soul.
When people act in unloving ways, it only
means that they are out of touch
with their Souls and
aren't feeling spiritually nourished. When that
there is no need to panic. The best we can
do for ourselves is nourish
our own Soul by looking
beyond the behavior we don't care for,
the art of love. -Richard Carlson
believe we can change things according to our wishes
that's the only happy solution we can see. We don't
of what usually happens and what is also a happy
things don't change, but by and by our wishes
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