"What matters is to be aware of the mystery that life conceals, and to let our choices reflect what really leads to fuller and more meaningful living:
I realized it for the first time in my life: there is nothing but mystery in the world, how it hides behind the fabric of our poor, browbeat days, shining brightly, and we don't even know it.
'You know, some things don't matter that much, Lily. Like the colour of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person's heart — now, that matters. The whole problem with people is. . .'
'They don't know what matters and what doesn't,' I said, filling in her sentence and feeling proud of myself for doing so.
'I was gonna say, The problem is they know what matters, but they don't choose it . . . the hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.'
— Sue Monk Kidd
"Bruce Lee, too, finds the spiritual in the everyday and urges us to be open to it, and to trust our experience:
Let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.
— Bruce Lee
"Such awareness of the hidden mystery of things is the gift of insight — the harvest that grows when both eyes and heart are open:
Mere sight is what we see; insight is how we see it. Mere sight can only behold; it takes insight to comprehend. Both the eyes and the heart must be open.
— Robert Kirschner
"So how do we reflect on our experience in such a way as to uncover its wisdom? Sometimes I think of 'prayer' as a little bit like beach-combing. We walk the shoreline of life day by day, and sometimes the experience will catch our attention and demand to be noticed, like some beautiful shell that startles us with a reflection of how beautiful our own souls can be, or a piece of wreckage that refuses to let us forget how broken we are. The daily journey of life brings its own nuggets of wisdom. All we need are eyes to notice and a heart to gather the harvest that today's incoming tide has deposited in our memory."