Posted by Frederic Brussat on March 27, 2020

Sufi Wisdom

We need a spiritual recovery program for those addicted to the separate self.
— Kabir Helminski in The Knowing Heart

Nature Wisdom

If Earth does grow inhospitable toward human presence, it is primarily because we have lost our sense of courtesy toward Earth and its inhabitants.
— Thomas Berry in Thomas Berry: Selected Writings on the Earth Community

Literary Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on March 20, 2020

Philosophical Wisdom

The wise man belongs to all countries, for the home of the great soul is the whole world.
— Democritus, Greek philosopher

Christian Wisdom

God created order out of disorder, cosmos out of chaos, and God can do so always, can do so now — in our personal lives and in our lives as nations, globally. The most unlikely person, the most improbable situation — these are all "transfigurable" — they can be turned into their glorious opposites. Indeed, God is transforming the word now — through us — because God loves us.
— Desmond Tutu in God Has A Dream

Gatha (for washing hands) . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on March 13, 2020

Jewish Wisdom

If everything is connected to everything else, then everyone is ultimately responsible for everything. We can blame nothing on anyone else. The more we comprehend our mutual interdependence, the more we fathom the implications of our most trivial acts.
— Laurence Kushner in Invisible Lines of Connection

African Wisdom

People in our village would say that children do not belong completely to the parents who gave them birth. They have used their parents' bodies to come through, but they belong to the community and to the spirit.
— Sobonfu Some in The Spirit of Intimacy

Literary Wisdom

Posted by Frederic Brussat on March 6, 2020

Hindu Wisdom

The last things you read about, or think about, or see on television, will follow you into your sleep and color your dreams.
— Eknath Easwaran in Seeing with the Eyes of Love

Wise Advice

People go to India to find a guru, but you don't have to: you're living with one. Your partner will give you everything you need for your freedom.
— Byron Katie in Question Your Thinking, Change the World

Jewish Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on February 28, 2020

Poetry

It is a kind of love, it is not?
How the cup holds the tea,
How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare
How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes . . .
— Pat Schneider in "Patience of Ordinary Things"

Spiritual Wisdom

The greatest gift to the world may be in sharing what gives us the most joy.
— Sam Keen in Learning to Fly

Literary Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on February 21, 2020

Buddhist Wisdom

Take care of the body.
Respect and love it,
and it will give you
all that is required
on your journey.
— Donald Altman in Reflect

Definition

Respect is love in plain clothes.
— Frankie Byrne, Irish broadcaster

Catholic Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on February 14, 2020

Spiritual Wisdom

Love is not something that you just fall into, as the romantic songs suggest. Love is a spiritual practice. You can get better at it over time.
— Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat in Spiritual Rx

Proverb

Tell me whom you love, and I'll tell you who you are.
— African-American proverb

Catholic Wisdom

Love is a messenger from God saying that every human affection and every ecstasy of love are sparks from the great flame of love that is God.
— Fulton J. Sheen in From the Angel's Blackboard

Psychological Wisdom

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
— David Viscott, American psychiatrist

Philosophical Wisdom

Life in abundance comes only through great love.
— Elbert Hubbard, American philosopher

Literary Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on February 7, 2020

Proverb

Every day of your life is a page in your history.
— Arabic Proverb

Practice

Recall a treasured memory of a loved one. Sip on it mentally and emotionally.
— Joyce Rupp in Prayers to Sophia

Elder Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on January 31, 2020

Song Lines

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!
My oh my, what a wonderful day!
Plenty of sunshine heading our way.
— Lyrics by Ray Gilbert for song composed by Allie Wrubel

Definition

We are what we pray.
The degree of our faith is the degree of our prayer.
The strength of our hope is the strength of our prayer.
The warmth of our charity is the warmth of our prayer.
— Carlo Caretto in Letters from the Desert

Catholic Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on January 24, 2020

Artistic Wisdom

Love the moment, and the energy of the moment will spread beyond all boundaries.
Sister Mary Corita Kent, American pop artist

Song Lines

Storms never last do they baby
Bad times all pass with the wind
Your hand in mine stills the thunder
And you make the sun want to shine.
— Jessi Colter's Storms Never Last, sung by Jessi and Waylon Jennings

African-American Wisdom . . .

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About This Blog

Within all the spiritual traditions, short and sweet wisdom abounds: from mantras and blessings to 12-step slogans and proverbs, and more. As philosopher George Santayana once said: "To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired." In this blog, I will take up the quest for small seeds of spiritual wisdom, which can be found everywhere if we keep our eyes and ears open. More