Posted by Frederic Brussat on March 1, 2024

Hindu Wisdom

When the eyes and ears are open, even the leaves on the trees teach like pages from the Scriptures.
— Kabir quoted in Legacy of the Heart by Wayne Muller

Buddhist Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on January 25, 2024

Jewish Wisdom

This spirituality business is not about answers, but about ways of asking about the meaning of life and creation. A "bad" question slams the door but a "good" question just gets you to wondering and the wondering is wonderful.
— Lawrence Kushner in The Book of Miracles

Buddhist Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on April 7, 2023

Literary Wisdom

Small service is usually true service.
— William Wordsworth, nineteenth century English poet

Jewish Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on March 24, 2023

Literary Wisdom

Imagination denied, war governed the nations.
— William Blake in Wrestling with the Prophets by Matthew Fox

Eastern Orthodox Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on March 10, 2023

Catholic Wisdom

He is truly great who is great in charity.
— Thomas A. Kempis in The Imitation of Christ

Body Wisdom

Posted by Frederic Brussat on February 24, 2023

Teacher Wisdom

Seek always the blue moment. . . . It can happen any time or any place. It is a moment when you are truly alive to the world around you.
— Kent Nerburn in Letters to My Son

Anglican Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on February 10, 2023

Teacher Wisdom

To be human is about regaining what has been lost in the shuffle when life has been relegated to keeping score and making waves. To be human is about cultivating the good life. To be human is about gardening the soul.
— Terry Hershey in Soul Gardening

Philosophical

Posted by Frederic Brussat on January 27, 2023

Zen Wisdom

When you handle rice, water or anything else, have the affectionate and caring concern of a parent raising a child.
— Zen Master Dogen

Jewish Wisdom

Posted by Frederic Brussat on January 13, 2023

Catholic Wisdom

The great, gashed, half-naked mountain is another of God's saints. There is no other like him. He is alone in his own character; nothing else in the world ever did or ever will imitate God in quite the same way.
- Thomas Merton in When the Trees Say Nothing

Literary Wisdom

Posted by Frederic Brussat on December 30, 2022

Psychological Wisdom

Imagine a world without pleasure. Life would appear colorless and humorless. A baby’s smile would go unappreciated. Foods would be tasteless.
— Robert Ornstein and David Sobel in Healthy Pleasures

Prayer . . .

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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