The spirit is an inward flame;
a lamp the
world blows upon
but never puts out.
You become spiritually rich when you discover the
of the kingdom within:when you have a consciousness of
the oneness of all
life; when you experience kinship with nature;
are open to the buoyant spiritual lift of being in tune
with the Infinite; when you know the power of meditation
and prayer. -Wilferd A. Peterson
Sometimes people get the mistaken notion
that spirituality is a separate
penthouse of our existence. But rightly understood,
it is a vital awareness that
pervades all realms of our
will say, "I come alive when I
listen to music,"
or "I come to life
garden," or "I come alive when I play
golf." Wherever we
come alive, that is the area
in which we are spiritual. And then we
"I know at
least how one is spiritual in that
area." To be
vital, awake, aware, in all areas
of our lives, is the task that
is never accomplished, but
it remains the goal. -David Steindl-Rast
When we expand our awareness, strengthen
our center, clarify our
purpose, transform our inner
demons, develop our will and
make conscious choices, we
are moving toward
deeper connection with our spiritual
self. -Molly Young Brown
Real spirituality is not up in the
clouds--it is down on earth,
here and now. Deep
spirituality is seeing God every day in the common
and showing God your appreciation by doing common tasks.
-Fred Van Amburgh
may speak of love and humility as the true flowers
of spiritual growth; and they give off a wonderful scent,
which benefits all those who come near.
God sees the inner spirit stripped of
flesh, skin, and all debris. For
his own mind only touches the spirit that he has allowed
from himself into our bodies.
And if you can act the same way, you will rid
yourself of all suffering.
For surely if you are not preoccupied with the body that
you will not trouble yourself about clothes, houses, fame,
and other showy trappings.
of them asked Rabbi Scheersohn starkly, "What are you
And the Rabbi said, "I'm not talking about myself,
about what my Master was for me. He was for me the
geologist of the soul. There are great treasures in
there's faith, there's love, there's awe, there's wisdom,
all these treasures you can dig, but if you don't know
where to dig, you dig up mud.
But if you want to get to the gold, which is
the awe before God,
and the silver, which is the love, and the diamonds, which
the faith, then you have to find the geologist of the soul
you where to dig. . . . but the digging you have to do
believe that each of us was put on this earth to fulfill
his or her potential for humanity,
and the soul is that
part of us that makes us truly human. The soul is what
makes a human being a human being and not simply
another creature on God's earth.
The soul is not a
physical entity, but instead refers to everything about
us that is not
physical--our values, memories, identity,
sense of humor. Since the soul represents
of the human being that are not physical, it cannot get
sick, it cannot die,
it cannot disappear. In short,
the soul is immortal. -Harold Kushner
I believe that
humans will not merely
endure: they will prevail.
They are immortal, not
because they alone among creatures have
voice, but because they have souls,
spirits capable of
compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
When I use the
word spirituality, I don't necessarily mean religion;
I mean whatever it is that helps you feel connected to something
that is larger than yourself. -Dean Ornish
Whether you know it or not, one of the most
important relationships in your life is with your Soul.
Will you be kind and loving to your Soul, or will
you be harsh and difficult?
Many of us unknowingly
damage our Souls with our negative attitudes and actions
or by simple neglect. By making the relationship
with your Soul an important part of your life,
by honoring it in your daily routine, you give your life
and substance. Use your experiences--all
of them--as opportunities to nourish your Soul!
Spirituality is an
inner fire, a mystical sustenance that feeds our souls.
The mystical journey drives us into ourselves, to a
at our center. The purpose of the
religious experience is to develop
the eyes by which we
see this inner flame, and our capacity to live
mystery. In its presence, we are warmed and ignited.
When too far from the blaze, we are cold and
We are less than human
without that heat. Our connection to God is life
we reside within Godís spirit and Godís spirit resides within us,
we are, quite literally, surrounded by and infused with the
we may frequently fail to recognize Godís presence.And this surrounding,
infusing spirit of God is fully and irreversibly committed to the well
of creation and to its ongoing transformation.Furthermore, the divine spirit
is intimately and actively involved in your life, in my life, and in
every life. -Gary
Our rushing and our busyness create a fog
encloses us, surrounding us with thicker and
layers externally and building denser and denser
layers within. Pretty soon, we have lost touch
that which guides our lives. We need contact
our spirituality to be the people we would like to
be. -Anne Wilson Schaef
essence of who I am--my spiritual identity--never changes.
I am wise, healthy, flexible, and free through the spirit
of God within me. I do not have to conform to trends
fads--not the real person who I am. And the real me
shrinks from learning new things. An awareness of my
is such a confidence booster that I live and learn
while remaining ever true to my spiritual
identity. The real me is a free, spiritual being!
beings do not sweat life's small stuff. They also
know that most of what drives us crazy in life is small
The only thing that isn't small stuff is the reason you're
earth in the first place: to find that portion of
the world's lost
heart that only you can ransom with your love and
gifts and then return it, so that all of us can experience
Wholeness. -Sarah Ban
When you do things from your soul you
feel a river
moving in you, a joy. When action come from
another section, the feeling disappears.
-Jalal ad-Din Rumi
not, "I have found the truth," but rather,
found a truth."
Say not, "I have
found the path of
the soul." Say rather, "I have met
upon my path." For the soul walks upon all
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow
like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself,
like a lotus of countless petals.
certainly has a soul; but how it came to allow itself to
enclosed in a body is more than I can imagine. I
if once mine gets out, I'll have a bit of a tussle before
I let it get in again to that of any other.
spiritual retreat is medicine for soul starvation.
silence, solitary practice, and simple living, we begin to
the empty reservoir. This lifts the veils, dissolves
and creates space within for the feelings of forgiveness,
compassion, and loving kindness that are so often blocked.
Living in a
society that undervalues the spirit, we who embrace it are tempted
to apologize for our interest. We must stop apologizing, for
no subject is more important. It is, after all, love's
retrieval. It is the answer to global hatred. To
invalidate the spiritual life is to shoot at the fireman who is
putting out the fire. -Marianne
of the people I know who have what I want--which is to say,
purpose, heart, balance, gratitude, joy--are people with a deep
sense of spirituality. . . . They follow a brighter light than the
glimmer of their own candle; they are part of something beautiful.
I saw something once. . . that said, "A human life is like a
single letter of the alphabet. It can be meaningless.
Or it can be a part of a great meaning."
-Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies
everyone has a different experience of what is soulful, these
experiences do have similar beginnings. We start by giving
ourselves permission to be soulful, to take seriously this aspect
of ourselves, our soul and our soul needs.
-Jean Shinoda Bolen, Handbook
for the Soul
believe the appearance that we're separate from God leads
to think that we can control our life.In truth, because our life is
the life of God, It can manage itself.But we resist letting God
manifest through us because some part of us wants to stay
than change ourselves, we want to change the world
and other people.But
spiritual growth is just the opposite.It's
about letting go of opinion, false thought, and erroneous
perceptions so this other dimension can emerge.
If we have not
developed a reservoir of spiritual wealth, no amount of money is
likely to make us happy. Spiritual wealth provides faith.
It gives us love. It brings and expands wisdom.
Spiritual wealth leads to happiness because it guides us into
useful or loving relationships. -John
Marks Templeton, Worldwide
Laws of Life
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