Spiritual Readings of the Day
This is an archive of the book excerpts that have been linked off the top of the Updates column on the homepage of Spirituality & Practice. Most of our book reviews now include excerpts.
Dawna Markova in Spot of Grace
"It is all that life asks of you really: to grow what you were given, the spot of grace that is who you truly are; to allow the seeds in you to blossom in the light of the life you are experiencing; to cultivate this garden and bless the forces that have been the fertilizer, the rain, and the hoe; to open your hands and release the fruit of your existence."
John O'Donohue in To Bless the Space Between Us
"The world can be harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient, kindness inevitably reveals itself."
Natalie Goldberg in Old Friend from Far Away
"Notice the edge and poignancy of farewell and letting go. Both coming and going are important, but for a while look at the loaded situation, the dark experience of leaving."
Za Rinpoche and Ashley Nebelsieck in The Backdoor to Enlightenment
"There is no such thing as an isolated problem. By injuring any part of the world's system, you injure yourself."
Richard A. Hasler in Surprises Around the Bend
"You need to be prepared, always anticipating that there may be gifts all around you, if only you have eyes to see."
Simone Weil in Simone Weil: A Brief Introduction
"Grace, like energy, cannot be taken, only received."
Thomas Merton in Choosing to Love the World
"All life tends to grow like this, in mystery inscaped with paradox and contradiction, yet centered, in its very heart, on the divine mercy."
Sonja Lyubomirsky in The How of Happiness
"We rarely seem to live in and savor the present moment, believing that what counts most will happen in the future."
Laurel Parnell in Tapping In
"We can face the challenges that life presents us with more ease if we can draw from the reservoir of love in our life."
Jim Wallis in The Great Awakening
"For people of faith, the meaning of respect goes much deeper than mere tolerance or the granting of human rights. Respect is rooted in the universal and essential human dignity that comes from all of us bearing the very image of God."
Jennifer Ackerman in Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream
"Perhaps the oldest of all stress remedies are two I've always believed were best at undoing the damage of a day: humor and companionship."
Henri J.M. Nouwen in Seeds of Hope
"Dear Lord, awaken the people of the earth and their leaders to the realization of the madness of the nuclear arms race."
Joan Duncan Oliver in Coffee with the Buddha
"Without change, existence would indeed be futile: there could be no righting of wrongs, no learning, no possibility of spiritual awakening."
Fred Luskin in Forgive for Love
"Forgiveness — or the ability to live life without taking offense when you get a no and grieving your losses without blame — is a choice that can be practiced anytime."
Henri J.M. Nouwen in Beloved
"The people who love me are always the ones who hurt me because they also have needs. God's love is a love that isn't wounding because it's eternal."
Marianne Williamson in The Age of Miracles
"Love is to fear what light is to darkness; in the presence of one, the other disappears."
Mark Nepo in Facing the Lion, Being the Lion
"In accepting that we have no control over the stream of life, we can see more easily the gestures we do have control of, which sages refer to as our chance to steer in the stream."
Karen Casey in It's Up to You
"Expressing unconditional love doesn't come naturally to most of us. We are far more inclined to compare ourselves with others, feeling better than or worse than them with each comparison."
Michael J. Caduto in Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life
"Whether a garden herb or an ancient tree, in plants, God has given the world its true contemplatives. Their open leaves seek the light, even while roots probe the dark recesses of the soil."
T. D. Jakes in Reposition Yourself Reflections
"Living my life without limits requires that I take confident risks."
Jay Marshall in Thanking & Blessing - The Sacred Art
"A cheerful disposition buoys others when they encounter you. You influence them when they witness the radiant joy that fuels your enthusiasm."
Betty Taylor in Comfort Prayers
"Please give me the strength to hope.
Turn my bleak thoughts
into gentle encouragement."
Nancy Corceran in Secrets of Prayer
"We must no longer see prayer as preparation for action. Prayer must be understood as action itself, a way of responding."
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in How to See Yourself As You Really Are
"If problems are resolved in a humane way, they simply end, whereas if one tries inhumane ways, further problems are added to the previous ones."
Georg Feuerstein and Brenda Feuerstein in Green Yoga
"We all must now embrace the Earth as dearly as we embrace our own life, and our love must be charged with great wisdom and compassion for all and with the will to make a difference for future generations while we still can."
Thubten Chodron in Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path
"Joy is a mental state in which we rejoice when others have good qualities, opportunities, talents, material possessions, respect, love, and so on."
Henri J.M. Nouwen in Lifesigns
"Somehow joy is much harder to express than sadness. It seems that we have more words for sickness than for health."
Michael Gillert in The Way of the Small
"To let go of our bitterness when others have hurt us requires us to be very small, and very strong."
Nancy Roth in Organic Prayer
"Do you think there is a need for an 'eleventh commandment' to protect the earth and everything that lives upon it?"
Nan C. Merrill in Journey into Love
"We are interconnected to all of Creation, so totally interwoven that as the Earth, other nations, and all people are — so, too, are we, aware or unaware."
Rigdzin Shikpo in Never Turn Away
"The commonest reason to develop hatred is the perceived difference between ourselves and others."
Henri J.M. Nouwen in Behold the Beauty of the Lord
"A spiritual life in the midst of our energy-draining society requires us to take conscious steps to safeguard that inner space where we can keep our eyes fixed on the beauty of the Lord."
Eboo Patel in Acts of Faith
"Religious pluralism . . . affirms the identity of the constituent communities while emphasizing that the well-being of each and all depends on the health of the whole."
Brian D. McLaren in Everything Must Change
"If Jesus were here today, I imagine he would speak frequently of the new global love economy of God — not an industrial economy, and not an information economy, and not even an experience economy, but a wise relational economy that measures success in terms of gross national affection and global community."
The Buddha in The World of Shamanism
"See yourself in others.
Then whom can you hurt?
What harm can you do?"
Maggie Ross in Pillars of Flame
"God's Word comes out of Silence and brings us to Silence."
Ethan Smith and Guy Dauncey in Building an Ark
"Animals do not exist as one entity and us as another. Rather we are all living beings, each of us perfectly unique for our own species and inexorably connected to each other through the air we breathe."
Puran and Susanna Bair in Energize Your Heart in 4 Dimensions
"If there is anyone with whom you would not like to be alone in an elevator, that is your signal that a reconciliation is needed, for the health of your own heart."
Sylvia Boorstein in Happiness Is an Inside Job
"As soon as I smile, people smile back, and my sense of 'Uh-oh, I don't know anyone here' changes to 'We are familiar strangers.' "
Brennan R. Hill in 8 Freedom Heroes
"To follow Jesus one must give up going up the ladder of success and power and walk down the ladder to be with the people who are in pain."
Margaret D. McGee in Sacred Attention
"The idea behind lectio divina appealed to me. I know that words carry power, and that their power rises and falls with the tides of daily life."
Thich Nhat Hanh in A Pebble for Your Pocket
"Sometimes when we become angry during the day, it is difficult to remember to stop and breathe."
Lama Surya Das in The Big Questions
"What is the point of a spiritual life without the intent to give back, to relieve suffering in the world, since we are all in the same boat and all rise or fall, sink or swim, together?"
Everett L. Worthington, Jr. in Humility
"Of all the virtues, humility might be the one that quietly shows us that, in a fundamental way, there is no dividing line between the arrogant and the humble, between the proud and the modest; none can achieve humility alone."
Abraham J. Twerski in Happiness and the Human Spirit
"Acceptance is a spiritual concept and is a key component of self-fulfillment and happiness."
M. J. Ryan in Giving Thanks
"The truth is, of course, that happiness is an inside job, and beyond the subsistence level, money truly has very little to do with our happiness."
Jim Forest in The Road to Emmaus
"One can see practically everything that matters in life in terms of hospitality."
Carlo Carretto in Carlo Carretto: Essential Writings
"My life is worth living if I can learn to transform everything that happens to me into love, in imitation of Jesus: because love is for living."
Gerald Thomas Straub in Thoughts of a Blind Beggar
"God's love does not shout, it whispers."
Monica Shannon in Bless This Food
"When we eat the good bread,
we are eating months of sunlight,
weeks of rain and snow from the sky,
richness out of the earth."
Marc Bekoff in Animals Matter
"Animals tell us they are happy by their behavior they are relaxed, walk loosely as if their arms and legs are attached to their bodies by rubber bands, smile, and go with the flow."
Sister Wendy Beckett in Prayer
"Prayer is essentially an attitude. We trust God, we believe in Him, we turn to Him."
Victor M. Parachin in Eastern Wisdom for Western Minds
"Forgiveness helps shed pain, bitterness, anger, and even hatred."
Sarah Susanka in The Not So Big Life
"Though we can't adequately explain it, we can see and feel beauty, and when we open ourselves to it, it can in turn allow us to transcend linear time and breathe in the vitality of simply being."
Daehaeng Sunim in No River to Cross
"The most difficult wall in the world to overcome is the wall of fixed ideas. From a certain perspective, spiritual practice means freeing yourself from such prisons of thought."
Henri J. M. Nouwen in The Inner Voice of Love
"You must decide for yourself to whom and when you give access to your interior life."
Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt, and David Weaver-Zercher in Amish Grace
"Forgiveness is both psychological and social: psychological because the forgiver is personally changed by the release of resentment, and social because forgiveness involves another person."
Huston Smith in A Seat at the Table
"It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
This could be a good time!"
Thomas H. Green in When the Well Runs Dry
"The image of floating has come to dominate my thinking about prayer more and more, because it seems to capture perfectly for me the goal towards which the whole purifying process of the dark night is leading us."
Anthony Weston in How to Re-Imagine the World
"There are all manner of specific community needs that older people skilled, experienced, patient, and (let us hope) freed from the need to continue making a wage are in especially good positions to meet."
Deborah Morris Coryell in Good Grief
"To become whole means that as we open to the pain, we open to the loss. We break open and, as a consequence, we get bigger and include more of life."
Robert Ferrucci in The Power of Kindness
"Joy comes because our life has meaning."
Thich Nhat Hanh in Buddha Mind, Buddha Body
"I vow to contribute my part in transforming the violence, hatred, and delusion that still lie deep in the collective consciousness of this society so that future generations will have more safety, joy, and peace."
Edward Hays in Pray All Ways
"To sleep, then, or to nap is to 'hang loose,' to be un-tight and to let go. Sleep at night or in short periods before bedtime is a beautiful expression of prayer since it is resting in God."
Will Bowen in A Complaint Free World
"In your hands you hold the secret to transforming your life."
Virginia Ann Froehle in Loving Yourself More
"We can create problems by trying to exercise too much control."
Marilynne Robinson in Gilead
"I feel sometimes as if I were a child who opens its eyes on the world once and sees amazing things it will never know any names for and then has to close its eyes again."
David Spangler in Parent as Mystic, Mystic as Parent
"Love is spirit incarnate: powerful, courageous, and splendid. It is a light in the dark times, a spring in the dry times, a fire in the cold times, and a gathering of allies in the fearful and questioning times."
Harold S. Kushner in When Children Ask About God
"As we understand it, the purpose of life is: To realize all of our potential as human beings and develop those God-like qualities which are latent in each of us."
Daniel Gottlieb in Letters to Sam
"Remembering the old prophetic story that tells how infants are born with all the wisdom they need to live, I realized that everything we needed to heal our hearts' wounds might already be in us too."
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Mind in Comfort and Ease
"The main reason I can feel, in my heart, that my human life has had a purpose and been worthwhile is that I have based my life on the wish to help others."
Gerald G. May in The Wisdom of Wilderness
"Fear is not an enemy but a friend. Fear is something good, something alive, alert, and wild in us."
Philip Gulley in Porch Talk
"People who have every reason to be content seldom are. Though happiness is their aim, it seems always out of reach."
Beverly Lanzetta in Emerging Heart
"On a personal level, a global spiritual perspective calls us to a greater compassion and to practice the spiritual virtues of love of one's neighbors, altruism, and devotion extolled in the world's scriptures."
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso in God's Echo
"Every place contains holy sparks; we just have to turn aside to see them for what they are."
Abigail Brenner in Women's Rites of Passage
"Every rite of passage is an act of becoming, an act of taking responsibility for the self we are choosing to become."
Deborah L. Johnson in Your Deepest Intent
"You are free. You are living in the Garden, and you don't even know it."
Kirk Byron Jones in Holy Play
"Breaking open your understandings of God will have the effect of breaking open your understanding of life and your life's dreams and purposes."
Mary C. Earle in Beginning Again
"Living with illness is definitely full of surprises, punctuated, sometimes, by setbacks. It is also an ongoing lesson in flexibility, resilience, and perseverance."
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in Everyday Holiness
"Awe enables us to perceive in the world intimations of the divine, to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance, to sense the ultimate in the simple; to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal."
Margaret Silf in Wise Choices
"Don't disregard the irritants of your daily life.
They may have the makings of precious pearls of wisdom."
Sark in Fabulous Friendship Festival
"May you go inside yourself first for love, and then receive and accept love from others."
L. Shannon Jung in Sharing Food
"Hospitality is essential to human well-being. We all need hospitality; we need to receive it and we need to give it."
John Shelby Spong in Jesus for the Non-Religious
"I still seek to possess what I believe you are, Jesus:
Access to and embodiment of
The Source of Life,
The Source of Love,
The Ground of Being,
A doorway into the mystery of holiness."
Traleg Kyabgon in The Practice of Lojong
"We should endeavor to think good thoughts about people who have in fact made our lives quite difficult at times and try to turn these negative situations to our own spiritual advantage, so that we become wiser and stronger."
Chuck Collins and Mary Wright in The Moral Measure of the Economy
"We currently live in a society that does not affirm life, in part because of the internalization of market values in our everyday lives. Gospel values recognize that a person has inherent worth by virtue of being part of God's creation."
Maggie Ross in The Fire of Your Life
Rabbi Rami Shapiro in Pocket Prayers
"Many of us have little self-respect, and therefore little respect for one another."
"Sheltered in Your Peace,
may I offer shelter to those in need of peace."
Thea Jarvis in Everyday Hospitality
"[Hospitality] can assist and guide us in the way we deal with and ultimately solve our problems. It can allow us to function with grace and dignity."
Stephen K. Spyker in Technology & Spirituality
"My real concern is that as you evaluate technologies, deciding what impact they might have on your spiritual life, you consider how the connections they enable can be a two-edged sword; they can be life-giving, but they can also place restrictions on our ability to be alone with God."
Margaret Silf in Roots and Wings
"I want to thank the source of all being for shaping these molecules so lovingly into forest and furniture."
Susan K. Rowland in Make Room for God
"Clutter steals away our time and saps our energy. It takes time and energy to keep it, to take care of it, to find things we need buried under it."
Mary C. Earle in The Desert Mothers
"The wisdom the desert mothers offer us is that by staying with ourselves, with our inner ups and downs, with our hurts and our fears, we will bring forth the new life that God is creating within us."
Donna Schaper in Living Well While Doing Good
"Care about somebody you don't have to care about. Even if it is just one person."
Henri J. M. Nouwen in The Selfless Way of Christ
"Only when all of our service finds its source and goal in God can we be free from the desire for power and proceed to serve our neighbors for their sake and not our own."
Daphne Rose Kingma in Random Acts of Kindness
"The power of kindness is immense. It is nothing less, really, than the power to change the world."
Celeste Snowber in Embodied Prayer
"There is a relationship between play and prayer. Both may take us by surprise. Both may seem like wasting time."
Laurence Freeman in The Monastic Way
"The spiritual life is not a specialized part of daily life. Everything you do in the day . . . everything you do is your spiritual life."
Eric Maisel in Everyday You
Sage Bennet in Wisdom Walk
"At the heart of mindfulness is mystery.
The mystery of the known.
The mystery of the unknown."
"Whether you are visioning for the revelation of your soul purpose, a new project, or your ideal mate, a good practice is to set aside a regular period for this visioning activity."
Swami Abhishiktananda in Swami Abhishiktananda
"To pray for forgiveness unites us with the deepest level of the divine mystery."
Ruth Rimm in The Lost Spiritual World
"If God is infinite, then we cannot limit God to one religion."
Frithjof Schuon in World Wheel
"Youthful beauty, finest adornment on earth,
Must change into beauty of age."
Sara Miles in Take This Bread
"You can't hope to see God without opening yourself to all God's creation."
Teresa of Avila in Entering the Castle
"Everything good about you comes from God your talent, your skills, and all your abilities; thus, you should not take credit."
Thomas Merton in A Book of Hours
"The more we persist in misunderstanding the phenomena
the more we analyze them out into strange finalities
and complex purposes of our own,
the more we involve ourselves in sadness, absurdity, and
Frank MacEowen in The Celtic Way of Seeing
"Although she cannot walk the path for us, and she cannot solve our problems for us, an anam-chara, or soul-friend, can offer a safe space and encourage our deeper knowing to spring forth."
Diarmuid O'Murchu in The Transformation of Desire
"We engage desire, not primarily by adopting a moralistic and legal coding, but by working co-operatively for the right relationships that facilitate liberation and growth at every level of life."
David Deida in Instant Enlightenment
"Imagine praising the next person you see. Praise him or her as fully as possible."
Megan McKenna in Harm Not the Earth
"Turn off your TV.
Leave your house.
Know your neighbors.
Look up when you're walking."
Harold Kushner in Practice Random Acts of Kindness
"Performing an act of kindness is a tonic for the one who performs it. It is a cornerstone of my faith."
John R. Mabry in Noticing the Divine
"We tell stories to each other for the very same reason our ancestors told stories of the gods and heroes around the campfire we seek meaning in our lives."
Edward Hays in Chasing Joy
"Chuckling is also a sign of gladness and creates the breeze of delight that can blow the dust off your soul, causing it to gleam again like new."
Krista Tippett in Speaking of Faith
"A passion for beauty has always been at the core of human religious experience. Art, architecture, literature, and music owe everything to religion."
Juris Rubenis and Maris Subacs in Finding God in a Tangled World
"Dreams arise from the fact that reality is God's dreams, not mine."
Lin Jensen in Pavement
"What's offered us in the place of moral certainty is doubt and love, which are ultimately, so intertwined as to be nearly synonymous. Doubt wears the hard edges off right and wrong, turning the soil where love sprouts like spring flowers."
Denise Roy in Momfulness
"Until you practice it, you won't realize how powerful it [smiling] can be."
Ron Wolfson in God's To-Do List
"God can't do it alone. That's why God created you."
Robert J. Wicks in Crossing the Desert
"Deep gratitude opens us up so we can have a new sense of perspective, no matter what happens in life."
Byron Katie in A Thousand Names for Joy
"The gentlest thing in the world is an open mind. Since it doesn't believe what it thinks, it is flexible, porous, without opposition, without defense."
Robert Furey in The Art of Affirmation
"While you might think that we should be eager to hear affirmation when we need it most, it doesn't always work that way. In fact, when we need it most we may be quite unwilling to believe it!"
Harold G. Koenig in Kindness and Joy
"The more we practice kindness, the better we will be at it and the easier it will become."
Lao Tzu translated by Derek Lin in Tao Te Ching
"If you plant the tree of wisdom deeply in the heart, it can never be uprooted. If you hold on to the virtues within, they can never be wrested away."
Rami Shapiro in Ethics of the Sages
"True learning is not memorizing what was, but staying open to what is. If you cease to learn, reality is replaced with memory, and all your living is counterfeit."
Ruben L. F. Habito in Healing Breath
"Grounded in a vision of interconnectedness and compassion for all sentient beings, a healing spirituality cannot but be an engaged kind of spirituality that plunges itself right in the midst of the muddy waters of this world in working toward the well-being of all."
Susan Murphy in Upside Down Zen
"Is indifference so bad? Well, strange as it may first sound, it is a kind of terrorism, which from one angle of view may be thought of as the extreme expression of contemptuous indifference for the human world."
Tamar Frankiel in Kabbalah
"According to Jewish mysticism, all of us have the gifts we need to reflect the image of God, each in our own unique way."
Julia Cameron in Finding Water
"Optimism is an elected attitude, a form of emotional courage."
Diana Butler Bass in Christianity for the Rest of Us
"Although hospitality takes many forms, . . . the core practice remains the same: Christian people, themselves wayfarers, welcome strangers into the heart of God's transformative love."
Swami Adiswarananda in Vivekananda, World Teacher
"God is not only absolute reality but also the sum total of all souls."
Mark Nepo in Unlearning Back to God
"We share the same river. It makes the earth one living thing."
James Conlon in At the Edge of Our Longing
"Grace happens when we explore the deep inner currents of belonging and realize the profound connection between our aspirations for life and the concrete requirements for living."
Richard Valantasis in Centuries of Holiness
"In structuring a spiritual manner of living and in constructing a spirituality, time for playfulness must be included."
Kabir Helminski in The Book of Language
"True Beauty draws us into relationship with the Divine. Whether it be the beauty of nature, the beauty of virtue or character, the beauty of anything, it is a reflection of that ultimate Beauty which is Divine."
William Apel in Signs of Peace
"With God's help there is the real possibility that we, at least some of us, are becoming signs of peace for our broken and violent world, a world so desperately in need of love."
Michael Norton in 365 ways to Change the World
"Think about the idea of giving freely to someone, without being asked or being expected to give, without your knowing them or their knowing you."
Geri Larkin in The Chocolate Cake Sutra
"Gratitude means giving up whining. We whine so much."
Anne Robertson in Blowing the Lid Off the God-Box
"We need to keep our boxes open to new images of God."
Thomas Merton in Passion for Peace
"The peace the world pretends to desire is really no peace at all."
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in Tibetan Sound Healing
"We can go into nature to connect with certain qualities and internalize these qualities, in the sense of taking what we feel in the physical connection and bringing that deeper inside where our experience becomes one of energy and mind."
Edward M. Hallowell in Crazybusy
Susan Chernak McElroy in Why Buffalo Dance
"By connecting with the people and projects that matter most to you, you create an emotional atmosphere at home, at work, and wherever else you go."
"Hope is not a gift we can sustain simply by our own will. Hope is something we need to hear from outside ourselves sometimes."
Christopher Jamison in Finding Sanctuary
"A carpet of silence is what we have to create as we take our first step into the sanctuary a tall order for most people nowadays."
Marcus J. Borg in Jesus
"Churches are to be communities of transformation. This means being communities of resocialization."
Daniel G. Deffenbaugh in Learning the Language of the Fields
"Just as the many human members of the body have their stories to tell, so do the nonhuman others in our gardens reach out to us with their own life lessons."
Albert Nolan in Jesus Today
"Any idea that one could be a prophet caring for justice and social change without some experience of union with God is unthinkable."
Leslie A. hay in Hospitality
"By receiving strangers and attending to their needs, Christ manifested God's love. By being a welcoming presence to those who came to him, he modeled the manner by which we are called to receive others."
Claire E. Wolfteich in Lord, Have Mercy
"Prayer, then, is critical in an engaged life. It is also where we meet some of the most difficult spiritual questions."
Leonardo Boff in Francis of Assisi
"Peace is not only a goal that, must be reached, but also a method."
Joan Chittister in The Ten Commandments
"Stealing has become the order of the day in a world bulging with wealth and teeming with the poor at the same time."
Thomas A. Forsthoefel in Soulsong
"The smile contains, perhaps, everything we need as humans to negotiate the convoluted paths of our lives."
Thomas Berry in The Dream of the Earth
"It is important that we be mindful of the earth, the planet out of which we are born and by which we are nourished, guided, healed the planet, however, which we have abused to a considerable degree in these past two centuries of industrial exploitation."
Alice Walker in We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For
"We must abandon the notion that we become grandparents only when our own children give birth."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Talking to God
"The truth of the matter is that each one of us is meant to have that space inside where we can hear God's voice. God is available to all of us."
Ken Jones in Mindful Politics
"As we learn to become intimate and accepting of our own feelings of enmity they begin to release their grip on us. We begin to view the objects of our enmity in their own light, as it were, rather than in ours."
Daniel Goleman in Common Prayer on Common Ground
"When we relate to someone as one of Them, we close off our altruistic impulses."
David A. Cooper in Invoking Angels
"In the end, we all discover that life is our main teacher. Daily life brings with it clarity and confusion, ease and difficulty, harmony and trouble; the list is endless."
Arthur J. Magida in Opening the Doors of Wonder
"Life is full of rites of passage. . . . that provide connections and links and opportunities to sense that our wisdom and knowledge and place in the world are broader and deeper and more timeless than we would otherwise suspect."
George Leonard and Michael Murphy in The Life We Are Given
"Most of us realize just a fraction of our human potential. We live only part of the life we are given."
William Martin in The Couple's Tao Te Ching
"I have met many people
who love their important causes
but treat those closest to them
If you wish to live lives of service
learn to cherish each other fully."
Thomas Berry in Evening Thoughts
"Perhaps our greatest resource for peace is in an awareness that we enrich ourselves when we share our possessions with other."
Rumi in The Rumi Collection
"That which God said to the rose,
and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty,
He said to my heart,
and made it a hundred times more beautiful."
John Lane in Spirit of Silence
"Silence comes from the unseen, the beyond, and to experience it is to come into contact with the beginnings of things, to be made new."
His Holiness The Dalai Lama in Kindness, Clarity, and Insight
"The world situation is such that continent to continent all are heavily dependent on each other, and under such circumstances genuine cooperation is essential. This depends on good motivation. That is our universal responsibility."
Lao Tzu in Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching
"So wise souls are good at caring for people,
never turning their back on anyone."
Joseph M. Marshall III in Keep Going
"The weakest step toward the top of the hill, toward sunrise, toward hope, is stronger than the fiercest storm."
Rabbi Steinsaltz in On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz
"We're infuriating; we're not faithful. But the Almighty loves us anyway."
Walter Wink in Contemplation in Action
"Stories of nonviolence are instructive. Millions of years of violence have ill prepared us for nonviolent reactions."
Scott Russell Sanders in A Private History of Awe
"A child is like a forest, gathering every drop of rain or flake of snow, every fallen leaf, the slant of sunlight and glint of moonlight, the fluster and song of birds, the paths worn by deer, the litter of bones and nuts and seeds, and whatever the wind delivers, taking it all in, turning everything into new growth."
Deepak Chopra in Power, Freedom, and Grace
"The next time you need to make a decision, rather than trying to understand it intellectually, pay attention to the sensations of comfort or discomfort in your body, and go with your intuitive feelings."
M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen in Islam and World Peace
"Whatever suffering each one of us faces, we must have patience."
Joy Carol in The Fabric of Friendship
"People who have a sense of compassion and are involved with caring for others almost always discover that they lose some of their fears, their insecurities, their 'negative stuff' in the process."
Jennifer Phillips in Simple Prayer for Complicated Lives
"May I never forget the costs of this convenience,
or my responsibility for its use.
May I travel safely this day in your care."
Joseph Cardillo in Bow to Life
"Spend a day looking for the good in everyone you encounter as if watching a sunrise over the ocean for the first time no nitpicking."
Kabir Helminski in The Knowing Heart
"Love is the answer to the problem of human existence."
Rumi in Love Is a Stranger
"Be a wakeful candle in a golden dish,
don't slip in the dirt like quicksilver."
Kabir Helminski in Living Presence
"Inner selflessness manifests itself in one's actions."
Brother Roger Schultz in Brother Roger of Taize
"Do we realize that what is best in each of us is built up through a simple trusting?"
Melannie Svoboda in Everyday Epiphanies
"If there's one word that summarizes Easter, it's the word, 'Surprise!'"
Hesham A. Hassaballa and Kabir Helminski in The Beliefnet Guide to Islam
"The ritual prayer is extremely important because it serves to constantly remind the believer that there is a God, and he is in charge."
Marcus Borg in The Heart of Christianity
"Thus 'Jesus died for our sins' was originally a subversive metaphor, not a literal description of either God's purpose or Jesus' vocation. It was a metaphorical proclamation of radical grace; and properly understood, it still is."
Jim Wallis in God's Politics
"Hope is not a feeling; it is a decision."
Pema Chodron in Practicing Peace in Times of War
"We often complain about other people's fundamentalism. But whenever we harden our hearts, what is going on with us?"
Irwin Kula in Blessings
"When we feel blessed, we are more likely to become a blessing to the world."
John Kain in A Rare and Precious Thing
"In the spiritual world, continually wanting to 'get somewhere' gets us nowhere."
Andrew Harvey in Mary's Vineyard
"It is just because our age is so harsh and brutal that it is more than ever essential to create around us, in our homes and offices and meeting places, a sacred environment."
Alan Jones in Common Prayer on Common Ground
"The religious challenge is to find God's image in someone who is not in our image, in someone whose color is different, whose culture is different, who speaks a different language, tells a different story, and worships God in a different way."
Henri J. M. Nouwen in Spiritual Direction
"To be called means to be always on the way, always moving, always searching, always hoping, always looking forward."
Paulo Coelho in The Alchemist
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself."
Joseph Dispenza in God on Your Own
"Innocence of attitude is high on my list of qualities that make up a meaningful spiritual life. By this I mean the opposite of sarcasm, mockery, and cynicism."
Thich Nhat Hanh in Walking Meditation
"A smile refreshes your whole being and strengthens your practice. Don't be afraid to smile."
Kent Nerburn in Ordinary Sacred: The Simple Beauty of Everyday Life
"For spirituality is far more than religious practice. It is a cast of mind, a leaning of the heart, a willingness to see the shadow of the divine mystery in all people and all things."
Kimberly Winston in Fabric of Faith
"When we make a prayer quilt, we're declaring our belief that love for one another as children of God is so strong it can be a force for change."
Pauli Murray in Pauli Murray: Selected Sermons and Writings
"It is difficult to be gentle with those who are unkind, who say and do harmful things about us and to us."
Paramhansa Yogananda in How to Be Happy All the Time
"Neither worldly power nor moneymaking schemes can ever capture happiness."
David Simon in The Ten Commitments
"I will seek ways to express my needs without damaging the people around me."
Rudolf Steiner in Start Now!
"We must learn to understand that Earth is the place for creating connections and relationships that can be continued after death."
Stephen Cope in The Wisdom of Yoga
"Surprisingly extraordinary living does not require more native genius than most of us already have."
Rami Shapiro in The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness
"As you go about your day, see everyone and everything as the Name."
Joyce Rupp in Fresh Bread and Other Stories of Spiritual Nourishment
"Create in our hearts a deep center of gratitude, a center that grows so strong in its thanksgiving that that sharing freely of our treasures becomes the norm and the pattern of our existence."
Eknath Easwaran in Words to Live By
"The Lord has strewn little signs of his presence throughout the universe."
Deborah L. Johnson in The Sacred Yes
"Don't wait until you become 'pregnant' with Divine Ideas to start living a healthy life."
David Kundtz in Moments in Between
"When we take time to remember who we are and what is important to us, we can be more open to life."
Georg Feuerstein in The Little Book for Lovers
"Love is truly blind. It contains no judgment, only unconditional affirmation of our own being and the being of others."
Barbara Bartocci in Grace on the Go
"When your alarm clock goes off in the morning, open your eyes and repeat this line from the Psalms: 'This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad.' "
Thich Nhat Hanh in The Energy of Prayer
"When love and compassion are present in us, and we send them outward, then that is truly prayer."
Rhoda PallasDowney in Voices of Flowers
"Experiencing oneness with a plant is a sign that you have reached a high level of intimacy with yourself that will only continue to open and deepen."
Dorothee Soelle in Dorothee Soelle
"Christ broke out of the vicious circle in which we still live, this vicious circle of weakness, fear, need for protection, need for security, need for violence."
Reynolds Price in Letter to a Godchild
"As for his firm expectations of me, I strongly suspect that God cares how I treat the planet Earth, its nonhuman inhabitants, its atmosphere, and eventually outer space."
Edward Hays in The Lenten Pharmacy
"Lent is a cosmetic season to beautify not only the outside but also the inside."
Gunilla Norris in A Mystic Garden
"The garden is really a place in which we can give ourselves away."
Master Hsing Yin in Let Go, Move On
"We often say in Chinese, 'Upon receiving a drop of generosity from others, we should repay it with gratitude in gushing torrents.' "
Dorothy Day in You Will Be My Witnesses
"All my prayers, my own suffering, my reading, my study would lead me to this conclusion, that love is a great and holy force and must be used as a spiritual weapon."
Thubten Chodron in Cultivating a Compassionate Heart
"Why can't we cultivate a compassionate response to others' negativity?"
Bonnie B. Thurston in Religious Vows, The Sermon on the Mount and Christian Living
"Humility begins when we accept and embrace the earthiness of our human condition."
Karen Casey in Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow
"Releasing ourselves from the affairs of others is a profoundly freeing experience."
Thomas Merton in Seasons of Celebration
"Penance is conceived by the Church less as a burden than as a liberation. It is only a burden to those who take it up unwillingly. Love makes it light and happy. And that is another reason why Ash Wednesday is filled with the lightness of love."
Willie Au and Noreen Cannon Au in The Discerning Heart
"To live spiritually vibrant lives requires staying receptively alert to the 'audibles' that God calls out to us."
Anne Rowthorn in Your Daily Life Is Your Temple
"People are starving for authentic spiritual food that feeds the soul and deeply nourishes the spirit, food enough for all our brothers and sisters on this planet in all its tastes and colors and multiplicity."
Henri J. M. Nouwen in The Dance of Life
"It is wonderful to fly in the air free as a bird, but when God isn't there to catch us, all our flying comes to nothing."
Patricia H. Livingston in Let in the Light
"If we are looking for examples of goodness, there is so much good to discover."
Jens Soering in The Convict Christ
"When God chose to take on human flesh, he did not become a priest or a monk, a king or a general, a poet or a philosopher. Instead, he became a death row prisoner."
Frederick Buechner in Secrets in the Dark
"Be kind because although kindness is not by a long shot the same thing as holiness, kindness is one of the doors that holiness enters the world through, enters us through."
Karen Armstrong in The Great Transformation
"In our global village, we can no longer afford a parochial or exclusive vision. We must learn to live and behave as though people in countries remote from our own are as important as ourselves."
Marianne Williamson in The Gift of Change
"With every inspirational reading, time taken to meditate, or act of forgiveness or charity or love, we are shrinking the influence of fear in our lives."
Claude Anshin Thomas in At Hell's Gate
"When you walk [on a Pilgrimage], you are constantly confronted with your self, your attachments, your resistance."
Elizabeth A. Johnson in Truly Our Sister
"The Holy One calls all people, indeed all women, and gifts them for their own task in the ongoing history of grace."
Belleruth Naparstek in Invisible Heroes
"It [imagery] offers the gift of opening up even the most cynical trauma survivor to the spaciousness of the wider perspective, a felt sense of the mystical, and glimpses of long-shut spiritual doorways."
Robert Thurman in The Jewel Tree of Tibet
"We develop our minds, we improve our lives, we deepen our insight and increase our love little bit by little bit, by baby steps of progress."
Kwame Anthony Appiah in Cosmopolitanism
"So cosmopolitanism shouldn't be seen as some exalted attainment: it begins with the simple idea that in the human community, as in national communities, we need to develop habits of coexistence: conversation in its older meaning, of living together, association."
Antonio Machado in There Is No Road
"As you walk, you make your own road,
and when you look back
you see the path
you will never travel again."
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin in A Code of Jewish Ethics
"Good manners consists of far more than saying 'please' when asking for a favor, and 'thank you' to those who have helped us. It is rooted in a willingness to make sacrifices so that we can live together with others without unnecessary conflict."
Ann Bryan Smollin in Live Laugh and Be Blessed
"It's one thing to say this is how it should be to find joy, laughter, and humor in our daily life but it is another thing to know that this is what we are called and challenged to do."
Sue Patton Thoele in The Woman's Book of Spirit
"When we realize that niceness is a natural outgrowth of deep kindness and caring, we can consciously choose to develop our niceness quotient."
Jeffrey Johnson in Harbors of Heaven
" 'Spirit house' fits as a description of places we build for the investment of our personal time and our deepest concerns."
Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth
"Unhappiness or negativity is a disease on our planet."
Abbe of Tourville in Streams of Grace
"[Perfection] It means not straining our abilities, but holding firm to a very unassuming simplicity and rejecting any attempts to become more perfect inwardly or in outward appearance than we really are."
Mark Thornton in Meditation in a New York Minute
"Your heart contains your:
• Wildest dreams
• Deepest longings
• Innermost secrets
• Core values
• Essence, the very source of your uniqueness."
Sharon Connors in Adventures in Prayer
"Instead of praying with a worried, tentative mind, I began praying with great hope, and this in itself was life transforming."
Reb Noson of Breslov in The Flame of the Heart
"Master of the Universe, Kind and Merciful Father, help me acquire the holy trait of kindness."
Brian D. McLaren in The Secret Message of Jesus
"But if it [the world] discovers, understands, believes, and lives Jesus' message if it becomes increasingly faithful to the reality of what Jesus taught in word and example then everyone could benefit: Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists, everyone."
John Selby in Jesus for the Rest of Us
"This means that if you want to follow Jesus' driving suggestion to stop being caught up in fear, you need to learn how to shift your focus away from thoughts about the past and the future, toward your experience right now in your heart."
Kaylin Haught in Finding Jesus, Discovering Self
"Sweetcakes God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I'm telling you is
Yes Yes Yes"
Jean Vanier in Befriending the Stranger
"I am always touched to see how Jesus links unity and faith together:
'that they may all be one . . . so that the world may believe' "
Henri J. M. Nouwen in With Open Hands
"Above all, prayer is a way of life which allows you to find a stillness in the midst of the world where you open your hands to God's promises and find hope for yourself, your neighbor, and your world."
Betty Alice Erickson and Bradford Keeney in Milton H. Erickson
"Integrity that has been compromised creates an existential emptiness, a hollow spot within the self, the heart, and the soul."
Jerusha Hull McCormack in Grieving: A Beginner's Guide
"But you can help the process along by taking it on yourself to practice a bare honesty, not to accept false comfort, to correct firmly and openly misconceptions about your present state."
John Welwood in Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships
"Behind all the evils of the world is the pain of a wounded, disconnected heart. We behave badly because we hurt inside."
Leonardo Boff in The Lord Is My Shepherd
"Speaking of restful waters for us today brings to mind a problem that is fundamental to humankind, that of portable water."
James C. Howell in The Beatitudes for Today
"The heart is your truest self. The heart is the part of you that feels, delights, grieves, desires."
Fred Luskin and Kenneth Pelletier in Stress Free for Good
"A smile is the expression of contentment and joy. When you feel happy, you smile."
Daphne Rose Kingma in 101 Ways to Have True Love in Your Life
"Cuddling is nurturing of the body and the spirit and we all profoundly need it."
Jean-Pierre and Rachel Cartier in Thich Nhat Hanh
"Even in the commotion of a big city, you can walk with peace, happiness, and an inner smile."
Dale Turner in Grateful Living
"We often have opportunities to forgive others for little infractions. The infractions may be small, but the manner of forgiving or not forgiving is not a small thing."
Thomas Ryan in Reclaiming the Body in Christian Spirituality
"Exchanging signs of peace with our bodies reminds us that we must touch others only in peace and love."
Barbara Ann Kipfer in 201 Little Buddhist Reminders
"I open the curtains to a new day. I look upon this morning as a rebirth and understand that only this one day exists."
Mahendra Jani and Vandana Jani in What You Will See Inside a Hindu Temple
"May all attain happiness. May all be healthy. May all seek beneficial goals. May no one suffer. OmPeace, Peace, Peace be unto all living beings."
Shari L. Just and Carolyn Flynn in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creative Visualization
"Visions can give you assurance, solace, and comfort. They can bring you clarity, wisdom, and strength."
Sarah Klassan in Imagine a World
"You might as well
wage peace as war. "
Larry Dossey in The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things
"Tears are so highly valued as an expression of love and caring they have often been collected and stored in bottlelike containers called lachrymatories."
A. Yusuf Ali in The Vision of the Qur'an
"We must never rely upon our own resources so much as to forget God."
Geshe Michael Roach in The Essential Yoga Sutra
"Really speaking the truth is difficult: it means never giving someone else even a slightly different impression from what you know to be true."
Jean Vanier in Practical Theology
"To invite others, whether strangers or visitors, is a sign that we are not afraid, that we have a treasure of truth and of peace to share."
Ernest T. Campbell in Where Cross the Crowded Ways
"Because we did not make ourselves;
Because we do not keep ourselves;
Because we cannot forgive ourselves;
Our hearts reach out to you, O God."
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in The Essential Dalai Lama
"All of our spiritual practices should be directed toward developing the altruistic thought of the awakening mind."
Kent Nerburn in Neither Wolf nor Dog
"Your people must learn to give up their arrogance. They are not the only ones placed on this earth."
Ajahn Brahm in Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?
"We've all got our two bad bricks, but the perfect bricks in each one of us are much, much more than the mistakes. Once we see this, things aren't so bad."
Wayne Muller in Legacy of the Heart
"We are never alone in our suffering. The pain of being human is shared by all who live."
Joan Duncan Oliver in Happiness: How to Find It and Keep It
"Our best hope of having a good life and a safe planet — is to develop the kindlier, friendlier, more optimistic side of our nature."
Susannah Seton and Sondra Kornblatt in 365 Energy Boosters
"You need to see that you have a choice to continue to bring yourself and everyone in your vicinity down by gossiping, judgmental thinking, and pessimism, or begin to choose to focus on what's good and possible in your life."
K. L. Seshagiri Rao in The Myth of Religious Superiority0
"If the faith and integrity of other persons are not respected, genuine communication and consequent world community will be at best a dream."
Hugh Prather in Morning Notes
"The root meaning of the verb 'to forgive' is 'to let go, to give back, to cease to harbor.' Looked at it this way, forgiveness is a restful activity."
Joyce Rupp in Walk in a Relaxed Manner
"Holding on too tightly to anyone or anything only deprives oneself of growth. Clinging too tightly to something squeezes the life out of it."
Christina Feldman in Silence: How to Find Inner Peace in a Busy World
"Silence is a treasure that is becoming increasingly elusive to us."
Gretel Ehrlich quoted in Sacred Necessities
"We Americans are great on fillers, as if what we have, what we are, is not enough."
Jacob Needleman in The Wisdom of Love
"The struggle of love is the struggle against making the other into the 'world,' compelling the other to give what the 'world' or 'life' promises but can never really give: absolute safety, unearned loyalty and fidelity, fantastical power, ever-ready pleasure. "
M. J. Ryan in The Happiness Makeover
"Happy people are accepting of themselves, so they don't spend precious time in regret."
Leonardo Boff in The Prayer of Saint Francis
"Spiritual goods are like love: they multiply by dividing; like fire, they increase by spreading."
Eknath Easwaran in Strength in the Storm
"We can't control life, but we can control how we respond to life's challenges. The answer lies in stabilizing the mind."
p>a Ojibwa prayer in Every Part of This Earth Is Sacred
Teach us love, compassion, and honor
That we may heal the earth
And heal each other."
Edward Hays in Make Straight the Crooked Ways
"May we carve out a space in ourselves
where the Prince of Peace, the Wonder Counselor,
can be born
By all these Advent works
may we prepare a roadway
for a truly holy Christmas."
Holly W. Whitcomb in Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting
"The season of Advent, more than any other time of the church year, invites us to embrace the spiritual discipline of waiting."
Debbie Ford in The Right Questions
"The most important thing you can do each day is to consult your vision map. The map is your vision of your life."
Laurence Freeman in Web of Silence
"As the world moves so rapidly into ever denser folds of communication its need for silence grows proportionally."
p>Wayne Muller in How, Then, Shall We Live?
"Whatever receives our time and attention becomes the center of gravity, the focus of our life."
Roger Housden in Seven Sins for a Life Worth Living
"Curiosity opens doors and connects us to the larger life of the world."
Mary Margaret Funk in Humility Matters for Practicing the Spiritual Life
"We need not be a perfect soul; it is sufficient to present ourselves to God as we are. The depths of His mercy are attracted to the depths of our poverty."
Leonardo Boff in Ecology & Liberation
"We are here to serve as shepherds and custodians of other beings, and we are responsible for their integrity."
Roger Bertschausen in Beyond Absence
"Grief can cause us to reprioritize things in our lives, to recognize what's really important and put it first."
Baal Shem Tov in The Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov
"I tell you, when you realize that God is everywhere and there's nothing separating you from Him, blessed be He, all your fears and troubles will disappear."
Paula D'Arcy in When People Grieve
"Once I became willing to learn, a new world opened, and it was a world I hadn't seen before. Past my angry, passionate feelings about life's injustices, something else was waiting to be known."
Sadhu Sundar Singh in Sadhu Sundar Singh: Essential Writings
"The great gift of service is that it also helps the one who serves."
Master Hsing Yun in Opening the Mind's Eye
"In your brief existence in this realm of time and space, how have you been leading your life? Have you used the opportunity to do good and to seek the truth?"
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee in Spiritual Power
"The language of love is how we interact with life. But we have forgotten how to read the signs of life and we have relegated the language of love to our images of romance and personal relationships."
Caryll Houselander in Caryll Houselander
"There should be, even in the busiest day, a few moments when we can close our eyes and let God possess us."
Robert Ellsberg in Blessed Among All Women
"The truth is that perfect people if any exist have little to teach us. But from the real saints we have much to learn."
Mary Oliver in New and Selected Poems
"I think there isn't anything in this world I don't
admire. If there is, I don't know what it is."
Marcia Z. Nelson in The Gospel According to Oprah
"Gratitude is said to be a virtue, but I find it helpful to think of it as a practice. Unlike playing the piano, meditating, or playing sports, the practice of gratitude is easy and painless."
Sakyong Mipham in Ruling Your World
"When we have gone beyond the boundaries of hope and fear, we are able to work with whatever comes our way."
Pema Chödrön in No Time to Lose
"When you begin the practice of rejoicing in others' good fortune, you can expect to encounter your soft spot as well as your competitiveness and envy."
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in The Universe in a Single atom
"Today's challenges are so great and the dangers of the misuse of technology so global, entailing a potential catastrophe for all humankind that I feel we need a moral compass we can use collectively without getting bogged down in doctrinal differences."
Christina Baldwin in Storycatcher
John Hay in The Prophet of Dry Hill
"Oral story is a singing bird: when we let it out of the cage of the mind it loves freedom! The song of the self will light on our shoulder as long as we don't try to capture it."
"You need to keep the mind and eyes turned outward. That's when the transformation starts."
Louise L. Hay in You Can Heal Your Life Affirmations Kit
"An affirmation opens the door. It's a beginning point on the path to change."
Miriam Therese Winter in Eucharist with a Small "e"
"We are the body of Christ when we open ourselves to the spirit of Jesus and continue what he began. But let us be very careful that we do not limit Jesus."
Sandra Maitri in The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues
"Humility, then, is seeing ourselves and our abilities clearly."
Mark Nepo in Deepening the American Dream
"We are being asked to deepen where we look for meaning, to expand the circle in which we share that meaning, and to realize that we are more together than alone."
Judy Chicago in Pathways to Peace
"And then all that has divided us will merge
And then compassion will be wedded to power."
David Deida in Blue Truth
"Right now, and in every moment, you are either closing or opening. You are either stressfully waiting for something more money, security, affection or you are living from your deep heart, opening as the entire moment, and giving what you most deeply desire to give, without waiting."
Christina Feldman in Compassion
"Reflect on the joy and delight you have found within and through your body. Reflect too on the pain, frailty, and illness that is also part of your body's life."
Raphael Cushnir in How Now
"Every living creature owes its very existence to the planet we inhabit. Humans, however, are the only species that has learned to survive without a direct connection with the earth."
Sharon Salzberg in The Force of Kindness
"A commitment to kindness can be the thread that twines throughout our various successes, disappointments, delights, and traumas, making our lives seamless, giving us ballast in a world of change, a reservoir of heartfulness to infuse our choices, our relationships, and our reactions."
Jamal Rahman in The Fragrance of Faith
"Do your work of transformation little by little."
Thich Nhat Hanh in Calming the Fearful Mind
"The only thing worthy of you is compassion
invincible, limitless, unconditional.
Hatred will never let you face
the beast in man."
Matthew Gilbert in The Workplace Revolution
"The most powerful tool available for restoring meaning in the work we do is ourselves. We are largely in control of our experience."
Rumi in One Song
"All religions, all this singing
The differences are just
Illusion and vanity."
Amanda Hughes in Five Voices, Five Faiths
"I am convinced that in order for us to discover how we might live together in this new age, we will have to become acquainted with the foundations of each tradition, and from there, begin to establish relationships hallmarked by respect and honesty with those whose faith is not our own."
Vicky Thompson in Life-Changing Affirmations
"When I see the wonder of God's creations, I feel loved."
Robert Corin Morris in Suffering and the Courage of God
"The world is saved by love of the good and the bravery to preserve and increase it, by a courageous compassion that faces adversity and moves forward, looking for whatever goodness is possible in any situation."
Brenda Shoshanna in The Anger Diet
"It is time we paid attention to the number one terrorist we face: the anger we live with every day."
Terry Bookman in A Soul's Journey
"Blessings abound when we attempt to order our lives around what God wants for us."
Molly Wolf in Angels and Dragons
"But how can I think of wanting these perfect strangers to understand and accept me when I'm so eager to judge and reject them, unknown and untalked to?"
Ezra Bayda in Saying Yes to Life
"Fear is neither an enemy nor an obstacle."
Angeles Arrien in The Second Half of Life
"Our culture has lost the capacity to acknowledge and value elders the way many other cultures around the world do."
Brian C. Taylor in Becoming Human
"We cannot make ourselves holy, any more than surfers on a calm ocean can paddle themselves frenetically forward into a glorious ride."
J. Brent Bill in Holy Silence
"The faiths born in the East — Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism — have long cultivated an appreciation for silence. They believe silence is essential to spiritual life."
Bonnie Friedman in Writing Past Dark
"It was the old story: what is loved reveals its loveliness."
Elizabeth J. Andrew in Writing the Sacred Journey
"I'm convinced that the great mystery fueling the universe is less concerned about moral doctrine and dogma than it is with relationship, and that any means for enriching sacred relationship is welcome."
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Many Ways to Nirvana
"The way you perceive a situation, even though it remains the same, makes a big difference to your mental attitude."
Chris Hedges in Losing Moses on the Freeway
"The commandments guide us toward relationships built on trust rather than fear. Only through trust can there be love."
Richard F. Groves and Henriette Anne Klauser in The American Book of Dying
"More often than not, forgiveness issues are at the origin of a person's spiritual pain."
Beatrice Bruteau in Radical Optimism
"We need to become aware of the role of our imagination in our everyday inner life."
Master Hsing Yun in Tending Life's Garden
"The mind is like tangled silk that needs sorting to be in good working order."
Matthew Fox in A Revolution in Kindness
"If religion were required to be kind it would have to find kinship with other religions, or better still, other spiritual traditions."
Beatrice Bruteau in The Holy Thursday Revolution
"Believe in God, and believe also in yourselves. Even a little sure confidence coupled with vision can perform miracles."
Dilgo Khyentse in The Hundred Verses of Advice
"Rigid and limited concepts of friend and enemy feed a torrent of attachments and hatreds that obscure the mind."
Gary Gach in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism
"Cooks know that food tastes better when cooked with love. And that's true for how it's eaten."
Thomas Ryan in The Sacred Art of Fasting
"Become more attuned to the modern compulsion to be always on the go; resist the impulse."
Jean Denton in Good is the Flesh
"Good is the body, from cradle to grave,
growing and aging, arousing, impaired,
happy in clothing, or lovingly bared,
good is the pleasure of God in our flesh,
Good is the flesh that the Word has become."
Diarmuid O'Murchu in Catching Up with Jesus
"The divinity of Jesus is not the primary concern for us, but rather the radically new way of being human, the program of the Kingdom of God, for which Jesus is the primary disciple."
Dzigar Kongtrul in It's Up to You
"Working with difficulties in a compassionate way doesn't necessarily mean we can resolve them."
David Adam in The Road of Life
" Learn to enthuse about life. . . . Here is a pattern I based on Genesis I."
Amy Krouse Rosenthal in Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
"I like to spend the in-between hours in silence."
Ted Loder in Guerrillas of Grace
"Mystery means that, in spite of all our efforts, all our insights, discoveries, and experiences, we will never do much more than touch the hem of God's robe."
Rami Shapiro in The Hebrew Prophets
"Why do you exist? There is only one answer: to know you are God manifest in your unique time and place."
Nancy Roth in Spiritual Exercises
"It would be great to discover stability in God through a religious 'high' of some kind, but it doesn't happen often, nor does it usually last when it does. Instead, we are called just to show up."
Mary Ford-Grabowsky in Stations of the Light
"Each of us has a small seed of the divine embedded at the center of our bodies that needs only a little tending to open and grow into something beautiful."
Marc Ian Barasch in Field Notes on the Compassionate Life
"A good practice for you would be to root for the other team. See them winning, see them happy, see their parents over-joyed."
Angelus Silesius in Angelus Silesius: The Cherubic Wanderer
"If in your neighbor you but God and Christ will see,
Then you see with the light born for divinity."
Esther de Waal in To Pause at the Threshold
"There is a traditional saying of ancient wisdom: 'A threshold is a sacred thing.' "
Fenton Johnson in Keeping Faith
"Faith is first among the theological virtues because all virtue proceeds from it, including and especially love."
Don Saliers and Emily Saliers in A Song to Sing, A Life to Live
"In the end, music carries many of us right into old age."
Jon Sobrino in Where Is God?
"In this primal solidarity, women stand always and everywhere as the focal point of life: caring for the children among the ruins, making and sharing whatever food there is in the refugee camps, always encouraging by their presence, never giving up, never tiring."
Dean Brackley in The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times
"By removing us from the daily threat of death, the benefits of modernity induce in us a chronic low-grade confusion about what is really important in life: namely, life itself and love."
Deepak Chopra in Peace Is the Way
"Our hope is that you will create peace on every level of your life."
Mary Blye Howe in Sitting with Sufis
"My spiritual life is a rich blend, even as I feel drawn to and at home with some religious traditions over others."
Margaret Guenther in The Practice of Prayer
"There are so many cracks in the day that can be filled with prayer."
Beth Kephart in Ghosts in the Garden
"I went to the garden to see more truly. I went for transformation's sake and to win back my talent for plain living."
David Scott in A Revolution of Love
"Mother Teresa believed that there was nothing so small that it can't be offered to God. The littler the better."
Thich Nhat Hanh in Peace Begins Here
"In this food,
I see clearly the presence
of the entire universe
supporting my existence."
Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr in The Circle of Life
"May you give your hope room to breathe and expand.
May your anticipated dreams find a voice and a home in your life."
Rushworth M. Kidder in Moral Courage
"It may be, in fact, that one of the highest forms of moral courage is expressed in the ability to forgive those who have brutalized you."
Mark Epstein in Open to Desire
"In the Sufi tradition, human yearning is understood to be a reflection of God's desire to be known."
Mark Nepo in The Exquisite Risk
"My own time on earth has led me to believe in two powerful instruments that turn experience into love: holding and listening."
Robert Maclennan in Emotional Wisdom
"Gratitude tends to be a rare feeling these days, especially in our culture, where satisfaction is associated with the acquisition of physical pleasures and material things."
Mother Teresa in The Mother Teresa Wisdom Deck
"A joyful heart
is the normal result
of a heart
burning with love."
Nancy Roth in An Invitation to Christian Yoga
"Think of your yoga time as an oasis: a time when you pay attention to the body God gave you, to your own deepest self, and to God."
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in How to Solve Our Human Problems
"Patience is a mind that is able to accept, fully and happily, whatever occurs."
Anselm Grun in Jesus: The Image of Humanity
"Luke tells of the loving kindness of Jesus who encounters people in such a way that they repent joyfully and in this way discover their own humanism, their own humanity and loving-kindness."
Lorne Ladner in The Lost Art of Compassion
"It's relatively easy to understand intellectually how we can put into practice the art of joyfully losing an argument."
Norvene Vest in Tending the Holy
"While the holy may increasingly be seen as absent from ordinary 'public' experience, the longing for some form of spirituality seems to be increasing."
Jane Litman in Spiritual Bathing
"Feel the warm water surround you, comfort you, bathe you. This is the womb of humanity. Let it rebirth you."
Theresa Baldini in Another Day in Paradise
"Together with them, and their parents, and everyone who lives here, I am learning not to allow the fear of the bombing to control me."
Flannery O'Connor in Flannery O'Connor
"When you write a novel, if you have to be honest about it and if your conscience is clear, then it seems to me that you have to leave the rest in God's hands."
Rami Shapiro in Hasidic Tales
"If God is, as the Hasidim thought, the One Thing that manifests as all things, then God is not removed from joy or suffering."
Walter Wink in The Human Being
"As long as the disciples were enthralled by Jesus' powers, however, they would not be able to find those powers in themselves."
Rumi in Light Upon Light
"The real miracle is that God should take you from a low and miserable stage to the highest honor, that you should come from there to here, from ignorance to reason, from selfishness to adoration, from the unliving to life."
Brennan Manning in A Glimpse of Jesus
"As Jesus' unparalleled authenticity and inner serenity were rooted in his Father's good pleasure, so Christian self-acceptance is rooted in the conscious and experiential affirmation of Jesus in our struggle to be faithful."
Kenneth S. Leong in The Zen Teachings of Jesus
"Resist not evil! This is one of Jesus' greatest Zen teachings, albeit an underappreciated one."
Andrew Harvey in Son of Man
"Jesus was killed by both the religious and political authorities of his time because his teachings and being aimed at creating a new form of life that would make both obsolescent."
Thich Nhat Hanh in Living Buddha, Living Christ
"The living teaching expressed by the lives of the Buddha and Jesus should always be the models for our practice."
Michael Dwinell in From Within the Heart of God
They will understand
That we all always live
In two worlds
At the same time."
John Dear in Jesus the Rebel
"We choose destruction instead of life because we are faithless."
Andrew Harvey in A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides
"I have found in my own struggle to change and be changed that my chief sources of inspiration have sprung from the mystical traditions of the past."
Chogyam Trungpa in The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa: Volume Three
"Change of attitude involves developing a sense of sympathy toward oneself, and therefore toward the world."
Donna Jaffe in KnitLit (Too) Stories from Sheep to Shawl
"God lets mistakes play out so we can mend them."
Desmond Tutu in God Has a Dream
"If we could but recognize our common humanity, that we do belong together, that our destinies are bound up in one another's, that we can be free only together, that we can survive only together, that we can be human only together, then a glorious world would come into being."
Thomas Merton in Thoughts in Solitude
"I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."
Julia Cameron in The Vein of Gold
"Patience teaches us the rewards on the other side of failure."
Kerry Walters in Jacob's Hip
"Because times of crisis reopen the old wound and bring its pain and anguish to the surface, they also offer us the chance to examine the wound, see it for what it is, and free ourselves from its power."
Thomas Keating in Reawakenings
"The divine assistance is never missing no matter what the storm, no matter what we may feel or think."
Thich Nhat Hanh in Friends on the Path
"You cannot feel safe with the person who lives with you if you cannot communicate with him or her."
Susan Corso in God's Dictionary
"If we were to take the time to look squarely and deeply at our fears in an effort to resolve them lovingly, I believe we could create peace on our blessed planet."
Michael Morwood in Praying a New Story
"We give expression
to the Spirit within us
and give thanks
for the wonder of who we are."
Richard Rohr in Soul Brothers
"Our desperate and needed task, the one we have not succeeded at very well after all these centuries, is how to become human!"
Gerald G. May in The Dark Night of the Soul
"Everyone always has been and always will be in union with God."
Rowan Williams in The Dwelling of the Light
"Among those things that hold us back is our isolation from each other; by our obsession with our individual selves, we shut out what others may give us, even when they are offering life and newness."
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in First Steps to a New Jewish Spirit
"A person whose needs are coupled with contributions, one who can give as well as take energy, will most likely receive."
R. Hayim Heikel in God in All Moments
"Think of yourself, the worm, and all other little creatures
as companions in this world
— we are all created things —
possessing only these abilities given to us by the blessed Creator."
Hsing Yun in Living Affinity
"The ultimate solution for generating peace and accord in our relationships and in our world, therefore, lies in seeing that we all are one."
Henri J. M. Nouwen in Eternal Seasons
" Hope means to keep living
and to keep humming
in the darkness."
Bernie S. Siegel in 365 Prescriptions for the Soul
"The ability to wait patiently for something is a valuable character trait. It allows the other person time to know themselves and to heal."
Ohiyesa in Indian Spirit
"Silence is the cornerstone of character."
Shaun McNiff in Creating with Others
"Creativity is inside and outside us. It might be more accurate to say that creativity is in us and we are in it."
Ringu Tulku in Path to Buddhahood
"We know that we will be separated sooner or later, and for the time given us to live together, we try to be good to each other and live in harmony."
Emilie Buchwald in Toward the Livable City
"Walking is different. You may have to pause, but you're never stuck. You move almost seamlessly through the city, with few blood-pressure raising surprises."
Marilyn Chandler McEntyre in Drawn to the Light
"Age is not something simply to be dreaded but a season that, of it is granted to us, may be a time of recollection in the deepest sense, of gathering and going inward, dwelling on quiet light, having learned to accept and integrate the shadow."
Oscar Romero in The Violence of Love
"You and I and all of us are worth very much, because we are creatures of God, and God has prodigally given his wonderful gifts to every person."
Jean Maalouf in The Healing Power of Kindness
"Everyone benefits from kindness. We are so deeply touched by it that we are transformed."
Julia Cameron in The Sound of Paper
"We embody far more than we often allow ourselves to contact. Walking puts us in touch."
Norvene Vest in Tending the Holy
"While the holy may increasingly be seen as absent from ordinary 'public' experience, the longing for some form of spirituality seems to be increasing."
Jane Dobisz in One Hundred Days of Solitude
"Why not let that kind of joy [rapture] into all the 'little' things, like smelling the air, hearing the insects on a spring evening, washing the dishes, or seeing our family at the end of a day's work?"
Erik Kolbell in What Jesus Meant
"We cannot believe in the mandate of a God who is eternally and universally loving and also believe it is a love that could be confined to a universe as narrow as our own horizons."
Laurence Freeman in Jesus: The Teacher Within
"Resistance to love turns the heart to stone and dams up the river of compassion that heals humanity."
John Coleman in The Unexpected Teachings of Jesus
"God calls us beyond neurotic haggling over rules to the task of being fully human, like Jesus of Nazareth was."
Jesus in Jesus through Jewish Eyes
"Look deeply into yourselves and see the I AM that you are. Realize this as your True Self."
Harold S. Kushner in When Bad Things Happen to Good People
"Our responding to life's unfairness with sympathy and with righteous indignation, God's compassion and God's anger working through us, may be the surest proof of all of God's reality."
Marcus J. Borg in Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time
"As a mother loves the children of her womb and feels for the children of her womb, so God loves us and feels for us, for all of her children."
Howard Thurman in Great Occasions
"I know I cannot enter all you feel
Nor bear with you the burden of your pain;
I can but offer what my love does give:
The strength of caring."
Venerable Henepola Gunaratana in Transforming Suffering
"Loving friendliness, or loving kindness, is a very powerful force to transform suffering."
Anthony de Mello in Awakening
"You need great skill indeed to set yourself free by means of the trap called a method."
Stephen Cope in Will Yoga & Meditation Really Change My Life?
"I see more and more irrevocably that what I am hunting is also hunting for me. I do not have to be The Doer."
Maxine Hong Kingston in The Fifth Book of Peace
"Peace begins in thought. Thoughts enworded go from mind to mind, and mind makes the world. . . . The logic of peace has to be spoken of at length."
Nancy M. Malone in Walking a Literary Labyrinth
"Reading has compelled me to focus my vision. . . . And thus I am persuaded to a more compassionate, generous, and loving response in my life beyond books."
Henri J. M. Nouwen in With Burning Hearts
"Resentment is one of the most destructive forces in our lives. It is cold anger that has settled into the center of our being and hardened our hearts."
Thomas and Beverly Bien in Finding the Center Within
"Your central calling is the same as that of anyone under religious orders: to be a person of peace, of calm, of mindfulness, of lovingkindness and compassion, of joy, and of equanimity."
Lauren F. Winner in Mudhouse Sabbath
"The Apostle Paul placed such a high value on hospitality that he listed it . . . among the characteristics required of leaders of the church."
Kay Lindahl in Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening
"When two people are deeply listening to one another, we sense that not only are they present to each other, but they also are present to something beyond their individual selves — some call it spiritual, holy, or sacred."
Khandro Rinpoche in Choose Peace and Happiness
"Smiling is a simple, magical gesture that expresses peace and happiness. It is a gift that we can easily give."
Sri Chinmoy in The Wisdom of Sri Chinmoy
"Have patience in the heart; you will feel that the world is not only with you and in you, but also for you."
Harold S. Kushner in Living a Life That Matters
"Once we recognize that the thirst for revenge is really a need to reclaim power, to shed the role of victim and substitute action for helplessness, we can find ways of meeting that need without hurting another person and compromising our own goodness."
James W. Jones in The Mirror of God
"[In watchfulness] we become aware of something about ourselves that we cannot learn in any other way — that there is a place of peacefulness within."
Robert Ellsberg in The Saints' Guide to Happiness
"To be fully alive is a matter of living out of the deepest part of oneself."
Khandro Rinpoche in This Precious Life
"Although intrinsic basic goodness is within all of us, we still come face to face with tremendous challenges known as habitual patterns."
Lawrence Kushner in Five Cities of Refuge
"The struggle to deal with an unjust, confusing, incomprehensible world does not impede our life; it is our life."
Donald H. Dunson in No Room at the Table
"The suffering of children in our cities as well as in the poorest countryside is an open wound, a festering sore that calls into question our very humanity: Do we possess hearts that know how to nurture our own offspring?"
Robert Waldron in Walking with Henri Nouwen
"We are all God's prodigal children. We have the potential to transform our brokenness into something quite beautiful simply by returning home to the Father."
Rimbaud in Breathing Space
"Only with a burning patience can we conquer the splendid city which will give light, justice and dignity to all."
Mary Margaret Funk in Islam Is . . . An Experience of Dialogue and Devotion
"Since all is given by God, then nothing of what I own is mine, unless it is shared according to God's will."
Paula Huston in The Holy Way
"Remember that love is the method and the goal."
Harold S. Kushner in How Good Do We Have to Be?
"To be whole before God means to stand before Him with all of our faults as well as all of our virtues, and to hear the message of our acceptability."
P. M. Forni in Choosing Civility
"Just about the most important thing we do in life is interacting with other human beings."
Jean Shinoda Bolen in Crones Don't Whine
"A crone is a woman who has wisdom, compassion, humor, courage, and vitality."
Barbara Cawthorne Crafton in Some Things You Just Have To Live With
"We can train ourselves to pray, to fall into prayer as we fall into a familiar step. We can imprint our prayer lives right on our muscle memory."
Susan Jorgensen and Susan Izard in Knitting into the Mystery
"Human beings love being wrapped. The activity touches a deep chord within."
Henri Nouwen in The Heart of Henri Nouwen
"Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing — sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death — can take that love away."
Frederick Franck in A Passion for Seeing
"Contempt of and animosity toward 'the others' is so ingrained, that we have the greatest difficulty taking their view of life seriously."
Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now Meditation Deck
"Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry — all forms of fear — are caused by too much future, and not enough presence."
Donald Altman in Living Kindness
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