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#1977 - Saturday, November 13, 2004 - Editor: Gloria
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.
nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.
~ John O'Donohue ~ (
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Thought for the Day:
stillness is so difficult because it makes us naked
This is why self-acceptance is essential.
Otherwise, we never give ourselves permission to be still.
you perceive in others
you are strengthening in yourself.
What would you see?
The choice is given you.
But learn and do not let your mind
forget this law of seeing:
You will look upon that which you feel within.
If hatred finds a place within your heart
you will perceive a fearful world,
held cruelly in death's sharp pointed, bony fingers.
If you feel Love within you,
you will look out on a world of mercy and of love.
Learn how to look out at all things
with love, appreciation, and open-mindedness.
Perception can make whatever picture
the mind desires to see.
In this lies Heaven or hell,
whichever you choose.
Phrase to remember today:
Perception is a mirror, not a fact.
And what I look on is my state of mind,
~The Course in Miracles
From the book, "Accept This Gift, Selections From A Course In Miracles," edited by Vaughn and Walsh, published by Jeremy Tarcher.
meditate does not mean to fight with a problem.
To meditate means to observe.
Your smile proves it.
It proves that you are being gentle with yourself,
that the sun of awareness is shining in you,
that you have control of your situation.
You are yourself,
and you have acquired some peace.
~Thich Nhat Hahn
Guru Vachaka Kovai - Association with Sadhus
Wise people will never associate with those who are vainly argumentative, and who, instead of inwardly subduing themselves through knowledge of the righteous way, munch their empty mouths, due to their lack of any worthy aim.
Michael James: Those who munch their empty mouths is a Tamil idiom which means those who talk much, but about worthless matters.
from Guru Vachaka Kovai (The Garland of the Gurus Sayings), by Muruganar
It is the province of knowledge
and it is the privilege of wisdom
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
Everything you see has its roots in the unseen world. The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same. Every wonderful sight will vanish, every sweet word will fade, But do not be disheartened, The source they come from is eternal, growing, Branching out, giving new life and new joy. Why do you weep? The source is within you And this whole world is springing up from it. http://www.rumi.org.uk/
"Lake" by Alan Larus http://www.ferryfee.com/bluesky/Lake.htm
Fyodor Dostoevsky said, "You are told a lot about your education, but some beautiful, sacred memory, preserved since childhood, is perhaps the best education of all. If a man carries many such memories into life with him, he is saved for the rest of his days."
The Wisdom of Sri
"What you need will come to you if you do not ask for what you do not
need. Yet only few people reach this state of complete dispassion
and detachment. It is a very high state, the very threshold of
"Peace, power, happiness, these are never personal states; nobody can
say "my peace," "my power"--because "mine" implies exclusivity which
is fragile and insecure."
Said a traveler to one
disciples, "I have traveled a
great distance to listen to the
Master, but I find his words
"Don't listen to his words.
Listen to his message."
"How does one do that?"
"Take hold of a sentence that
he says. Shake it well till
all the words drop off. What
is left will set your heart
Anthony de Mello, S.J.
~ ~ ~
Sometimes there would be
of noisy visitors and the Silence
of the monastery would be shattered.
This would upset the disciples; not
the Master, who seemed just as content
with the noise as with the Silence.
To his protesting disciples he said
one day, "Silence is not the absence
of sound, but the absence of self."
Anthony de Mello, S.J.
MORSEL: He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. - Marcus Aurelius
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