Quotes

DEFINITION OF MENTAL ILLNESS ACCORDING TO INDIGENOUS CULTURES

“The question is, ‘what is it that causes cultures to figure out how to live in balance and move into life that is good. If you read Peter Farb’s book “Man’s Rise to Civilization”, he goes through all these different cultures at first contact. And they often figured out very different ways, but one thing in common was this, THE ACCUMULATION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY BEYOND YOUR NEEDS IS CONSIDERED A MENTAL ILLNESS.” (from the movie, I Am)

“The unchecked striving for more, for endless growth, is a dysfunction and a disease. It is the same dysfunction the cancerous cell manifests, whose only goal is to multiply itself, unaware that it is bringing about its own destruction by destroying the organism of which it is a part.”
~ Eckhart Tolle

Like holding a precious jewel

We can observe this fact together, that thought and time are the root of fear. Time and thought are the same, they are not two separate movements. See this fact, this actuality, that time and thought, time-thought, are the root of fear. Just observe it in yourself. Don’t move away from the reality, from the truth that fear is caused by time and thought. Hold it, remain with it, don’t run away from it. It is so. Then it is like holding a precious jewel in your hand. You see all the beauty of that jewel. Then you will see for yourself that fear psychologically completely ends. – Krishnamurti, Washington D.C. Talks, pp 29-30

“Hope is believing in the plausibility of the possible over the necessity of the probable.” (Mimonides. 12th century)

“The truth will make you odd.” (Flannery O’Connor)

“We can’t be creative if we refuse to be confused.” (Margaret Wheatley)

“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.” (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)

“The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you, they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.” (Wade Davis)

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” (Albert Einstein)

The problem for me is that the only people I can ask about God are fellow humans. I’ve had enough of God created in our image. So the only questions I can ask are without words and in silence; waiting… not for an answer… but waiting for the sake of waiting. Embracing the mystery in sheer wonder of it all. (Ron Irvine)

All learning begins with an open mind and open heart that says, “I don’t know.” (Ron Irvine)

When you believe in a person, you awaken the power of the human spirit. Your belief, when clearly expressed, synchronizes with the desires and dreams of the person, and results in transformation that continues to surprise us in such wonderful ways. All we can do is step back in wonder of the human spirit and the creative Force behind all life. (Ron Irvine)

Every person on this earth comes here with what I call birthright gifts.
Using those gifts gives us purpose and meaning in life.
This world suffers when even one person is
denied the opportunity to use their gifts
to make a difference. (Ron Irvine)

‎”What every single human being longs for, at the deepest level, is to be seen for who they are.” (Sarita Chawla)

‎”Since our earliest ancestors gathered in circles around the warmth of a fire, conversation has been our primary means for discovering what we care about, sharing knowledge, imagining the future, and acting together to both survive and thrive.” (Juanita Brown, The World Cafe)

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” (Margaret Wheatley)

“My enduring passion is to part the curtain; to remove the invisible veil of indifference that blocks to us each other’s presence, each other’s wonder, each other’s plight.” (Eudora Welty)

‎”‘I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again.’ I still believe this. I still believe that if we turn to one another, if we begin talking with each other – especially with those we call stranger or enemy – then this world can reverse its darkening direction and change for the good.” (Margaret Wheatley)

“There is the solitude of suffering, when you go through darkness that is lonely, intense, and terrible. Words become powerless to express your pain; what others hear from your words is so distant and different from what you are actually suffering.”
John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and of unspeakable love.” ~ Washington Irving

You can say “I am the system… the institution… the machine.”

Or you can say “I am the people.”

You can’t say both because you can’t be both.

Everyday I must ask myself,
“Where do I stand?”
“What have I done?”
“What am I doing?”
“What will I do?”

(Ron Irvine)

MEANING AND PURPOSE

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman
“Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.”

Frederick Buechner
“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.”

Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
“Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks–we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.”

Parker J. Palmer

SILENCE AND PRESENCE

Bedouin Guide: “Why do you rush around so? When you hurry, you lose things. But when we slow down, things come to you.” (via Deborah Wickering)

An archaeologist once hired some Inca tribesmen to lead him to an archaeological site deep in the mountains. After they had been moving for some time the tribesmen stopped and insisted they would go no further. The archaeologist grew impatient and then angry. But no matter how much he cajoled the tribesmen would not go any further. The  all of a sudden the tribesmen changed their attitude. They picked up the gear and set off once more. When the bewildered archaeologist asked why they had stopped and refused to move for so long, the tribesmen answered, “We had been moving too fast and had to wait for our souls to catch up.”

Source: based on a story told in the movie Beyond the Clouds

Life’s Rhythm Is Silence

“Life is not to be regarded as an uninterrupted flow of words which is finally silenced by death. Its rhythm develops in silence, comes to the surface in moments of necessary expression, returns to deeper silence, culminates in a final declaration, then ascends quietly into the silence of Heaven which resounds with unending praise.”

Thomas Merton

Source: No Man Is an Island

“Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence … What are the fruits of silence? They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character.”
Ohiyesa

Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly.

Let it cut more deep.

Let it ferment and season you,

As few human or even divine ingredients can.

Something missing in my heart tonight

Has made my eyes soft,

My voice, so tender,

My need for God,

Absolutely clear.

~ Shams al-Din Hafiz

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Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence … What are the fruits of silence? They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character.

Ohiyesa

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Deafened by the voice of desire

you are unaware

the Beloved lives

in the core of your heart.

… Stop

the noise

and you will hear

His voice in the silence.
Rumi

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‎”Solitude can be a home coming to your own deepest belonging.” (John O’Donohue)

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“If nothing that can be seen can either be God or represent Him to us as He is, then to find God we must pass beyond everything that can be seen and enter into darkness. Since nothing that can be heard is God, to find Him we must enter into silence.” (Thomas Merton in Seeds of Contemplation, p. 131)

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“The highest truth cannot be put into words. Therefore the greatest teacher has nothing to say. He simply gives himself in service, and never worries.” (Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching)

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“It is in deep solitude and silence that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brother and sister.” (Thomas Merton)

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“In The Silence Of The Heart God Speaks. If You Face God In Prayer And Silence, God Will Speak To You. Then You Will Know That You Are Nothing. It Is Only When You Realize Your Nothingness, Your Emptiness, That God Can Fill You With Himself. Souls Of Prayer Are Souls Of Great Silence.” (Mother Teresa)

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“Prayer Is Not Hearing Yourself Talk, But Being Silent, Staying Silent And Waiting Until You Hear God.” (Soren Kierkegaard)

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“A man prayed and, at first, he thought that prayer was talking. But he became more and more quiet until, in the end, he realized that prayer is listening.” (Kierkegaard)

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“We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather around us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet.” (William Butler Yeats from Earth, Fire, & Water)

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“Stillness is where you meet with the essence of things…In stillness we can begin to let go of external voices, stereotypes, and clichés that crowd out original, personal and internal voices. Those discordant outer voices fade away in stillness. Stillness is a place of rooting oneself in a much larger field of being.”(John Fox, Finding What You Didn’t Lose)

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‎”Deep down, we know that when we step back, breathe, allow our agitation to settle, and simply start paying attention, we often see new possibilities in situations that once seem intractable… only in this contemplative state are we able to touch the truth…” (Parker Palmer, The Politics of the Brokenhearted)

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‎”The best in art and life comes from a center – something urgent and powerful, an idea or emotion that insists on its being. From that insistence, a shape emerges and creates its structure out of passion. If you begin with a structure, you have to make up the passion, and that’s very hard to do.” (Roger Rosenblatt)

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Mother Teresa was once asked in an interview, “What do you say when you pray?” She replied, “Nothing, I just listen.” So the reporter asked, “Well then, what does God say to you?” Her answer, “Nothing much, He just listens.” (Shane Claiborn, Prayers for Ordinary Radicals)

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True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment (William Penn).

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You can hear the footsteps of God when silence reigns in the mind (Sri Sathya Sai Baba)

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“With silence, problems appear in a less somber light, in their real dimensions, and seen wholly tractable. Daily worries lose their force, until they appear banal. Hurrying makes no sense. To where am I running, you ask yourself, and why am I running so? Anguish does not exist here any more. All is in its place and will be faced calmly, in good time.” (Melodia)

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“Prayer is listening.” (Kierkegaard) “People who pray stand receptive before the world. They no longer grab but caress, they no longer bite but kiss, they no longer examine but admire” (Henri Nouwen, Encounters with Merton)

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There’s a “silence at the heart of things; where all true meetings come to be” (Bruce Cockburn, Rose Above the Sky)

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INTEGRITY AND AUTHENTICITY

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• Integrity is when role and soul collide in ancient recognition.
• It is when one’s role is ignited by one’s soul that the human heart discovers fire (Ron Irvine)

In the human face, a life looks out at the world and also looks in on itself….When bitterness, anger, or resentment are left untransfigured, the face becomes a mask. Yet one also encounters the opposite, namely, the beautiful presence of an old face deeply lined and inscribed by time and experience that has retained a lovely innocence… In such a face a lovely luminosity shines out into the world. It casts a tender light that radiates a sense of wholeness and wholesomeness.
John O’Donohue
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom.

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“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and of unspeakable love.” ~ Washington Irving

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“The single most important gift you can give yourself is to awaken to who you are and where you have landed. You are the only person that can offer, and accept, that gift.” (John O’Donohue)

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“Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our days will become.” ( John O’Donohue)

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“Poetry may make us . . . a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.”
T. S. Eliot, Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1948

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“Whether we try to enter into a dislocated world, relate to a convulsive generation, or speak to a dying man, our service will not be perceived as authentic unless it comes from a heart wounded by the suffering about which we speak.” ~ Henri Nouwen in “The Wounded Healer”

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God breaks the heart
again and again and again
until it stays
OPEN.
~ Hazrat Inayat Kahn (Sufi Master)

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The holiest thing we have to offer the world is a broken-open heart, emptied of fear and vengeance, filled with forgiveness and a willingness to take the risks of love. (Parker Palmer, The Politics of the Brokenhearted)

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Seek the truth
no matter where it takes us;
no matter how it looks,
we must always face the truth.
~ David Bohm

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“There is an unseen life that dreams us; it knows our true direction and destiny. We can trust ourselves more than we realize, and we need have no fear of change.” (John O’Donohue)

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“If you live the life you love, you will receive shelter and blessings. Sometimes the great famine of blessings in and around us derives from the fact that we are not living the life we love; rather, we are living the life that is expected of us. We have fallen out of rhythm with the secret signature and light of our own nature.” (John O’Donohue)

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FRIENDSHIP, LOVE, AND COMPASSION

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“Real friendship or love is not manufactured or achieved by an act of will or intention. Friendship is always an act of recognition.” — John O’Donohue (Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

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“We do not need to go out and find love; rather, we need to be still and let love discover us.” — John O’Donohue (Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

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‎”Love is the light in which we see each thing in its true origin, nature, and destiny. If we could look at the world in a loving way, then the world would rise up before us full of invitation, possibility, and depth. The loving eye can even coax pain, hurt, and violence toward transfiguration and renewal.” (John O’Donohue, Anam Cara, p. 65)

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“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning. ” — John O’Donohue (Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

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“It could be a meeting on the street, or a party or a lecture, or just a simple, banal introduction, then suddenly there is a flash of recognition and the embers of kinship glow. There is an awakening between you, a sense of ancient knowing.” — John O’Donohue (Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

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“Your noble friend will not accept pretension but will gently and very firmly confront you with your own blindness. Such friendship is creative and critical; it is willing to negotiate awkward and uneven territories of contradiction and woundedness.” — John O’Donohue (Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

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“Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home. Understanding nourishes belonging. When you really feel understood, you feel free to release yourself into the trust and shelter of the other person’s soul.” — John O’Donohue (Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

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“One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.” — John O’Donohue (Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

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“Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but ‘praying for one another,’ and helping one another up with a tender hand.” (Isaac Penington, 1616-1679, Quaker)

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“We do not need to go out and find love; rather, we need to be still and let love discover us.” — John O’Donohue (Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom)

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“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” (Thomas Merton, 1915-68)

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“Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.”
~ Peter Ustinov

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GENTLENESS AND TENDERNESS

“Each of us has lived through some loneliness, some devastation, some weather superstorm or some spiritual superstorm. When we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself.  We must support each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.”

Maya Angelou

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength”
(St. Francis de Sales)

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“Our greatest strength lies in gentleness and tenderness of heart.”

(Rumi)

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In the book, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, warriorship is taught as a way of life. A warrior lives a life of fearlessness only if the person lives a life that is fully aware and fully present. The characteristic at the core of warriorship is gentleness; which comes from tenderness.

“Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world (touch) your heart, your raw and beautiful heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others.”

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“In the Shambhala tradition, discovering fearlessness comes from working with the softness of the human heart.” “When a human being first gives birth to the tender heart of warriorship… You no longer need to feel shy or embarrassed about being gentle. In fact, your softness begins to become passionate. You would like to extend yourself to others and communicate with them. When tenderness evolves in that direction, then you can truly appreciate the world around you. Sense perceptions become very interesting things. You are so tender and open already that you cannot help opening yourself to what takes place all around you … You begin to feel comfortable being a gentle and decent person.”

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“We can not do great things on this earth. We can only do small things with great love.” (Mother Teresa)

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“Love doesn’t mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.” (Jean Vanier)

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Nothing in the world is more flexible

and yielding than water.

Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong,

none can withstand it,

Because they have no way to change it.

So the flexible overcome the adamant,

the yielding overcome the forceful.

Everyone knows this,

but no one can do it.

(Lao Tzu, from the Tao Te Ching)

See a nature demonstration of the truth in these words!

Power of Water – Scary Natural Video !!!

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LETTING GO AND LIVING WITH OPEN HANDS

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“Our disasters come from letting nothing live for itself, from the longing we have to pull everything, even friends, into ourselves, and let nothing alone.” (Robert Bly)

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PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE

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‎”There is no lasting hope in violence, only temporary relief from hopelessness.” Kingman Brewster, Jr.

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“Violence is not just about bombing or shooting or hitting people.”To create peace in our lives–and our world–we need to be able to sit with frustration and hold the tension of opposite views.” (Parker Palmer)

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Violence is any way we have of violating the integrity of the other. Racism and sexism are violence. Derogatory labeling of any sort constitutes violence. Rendering other people invisible or irrelevant is an act of violence. So is manipulating people towards our ends as if they were objects that existed only to serve our purposes.” (Parker Palmer)

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SEEING through the eyes of WONDER AND DISCOVERY

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“A person’s beauty is sophisticated and sacred and is far beyond image, appearance or personality.” (John O’Donohue)

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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
~ Marcel Proust

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The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen nor touched
but are felt in the heart.
~ Helen Keller

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The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. They are made.
~ Elizabeth Kubler Ross

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‎”The human eye is always selecting what it wants to see and also evading what it does not want to see. The crucial question then is, What criteria do we use to decide what we like to see and to avoid seeing what we do not want to see? Many limited and negative lives issue directly from this narrowness of vision.” (John O’Donohue, Anam Cara, p. 62)

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COMFORT AND SECURITY

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“The lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral.”
~ Kahlil Gibran

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MYSTERY AND UNCERTAINTY

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“A GREAT QUESTION refuses to be answered; so it keeps leading us into deeper connections with each other and into deeper thinking.” (Judith Snow)

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“I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it” – H. E. Fosdick

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“Each of us creates a picture of our world by connecting a dozen or so of the trillions of dots that would need to be connected to make a ‘true’ portrait of the universe.” — Sam Keen

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“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble; it’s what you know for sure that ain‘t so.” — Mark Twain

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“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” — Bertrand Russell

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“There is more faith in honest doubt than in all your Creeds” – A. L. Tennyson

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“Education is the progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” — Will Durant

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FAITH AND HOPE

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I discovered later, and am still discovering right up to this moment, that it is only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith. By this worldliness I mean living unreservedly in life’s duties, problems, sucesses, failures. In doing so we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God. Taking seriously, not our own suffering, but those of God in the world. That, I think, is faith. (Bonhoeffer)

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Hope, hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope! In the end, that is Gods greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation. A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead.
~ Barack Obama

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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:13

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