Listen To Your Life

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“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.
Touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it
because in the last analysis all moments are sacred moments
and life itself is grace.”
~ Frederick Buechner

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I Have Loved The Wonders Of The World

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The longer I live the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and wonder of the world… I have loved the feel of the grass under my feet, and the sound of the running streams by my side. The hum of the wind in the treetops has always been good music to me, and the face of the fields has often comforted me more than the faces of men. I am in love with this world…I have tilled its soil, I have gathered its harvest, I have waited upon its seasons, and always have I reaped what I have sown. I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings.

~ John Burroughs, 1837 – 1921
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The Best Kind Of Friend

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The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with,
never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was
the best conversation you’ve had.
– Unknown

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Oh the inexplicable comfort of feeling safe with a person —
having  neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but pouring them all out just as they are, chaff and grain together,
certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
~ George Eliot OR Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

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Softening Your Spiritual Practice ~

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Be soft in your practice.
Think of the method as a fine silvery stream,
not a raging waterfall.
Follow the stream, have faith in its course.
It will go its own way, meandering here, trickling there.
It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices.
Just follow it. Never let out of your sight.
It will take you. ~Sheng-yen

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May This Be Our Prayer Today ~

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My main practice is to dedicate my body, speech
and mind to the welfare of others.
I hope to be able to continue to do this for some time yet.
My favourite prayer is:

“For as long as space endures,
And for as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I too abide,
To dispel the misery of the world.” ~ Dalai Lama

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Beyond The 1,001 Things ~ Simplicity

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SIMPLICITY

To know that
you have
enough is
to be
rich.

TAO

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I like the image of the beggar’s bowl. Each day I go forth, aware of my spiritual poverty. I lift my hands, cupped like a beggars and ask that my heart might be filled with God’s spirit. God’s generosity is endless — and I am richly blessed with the goodness of creation and the mystery of life.  ~ Anna Lin

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