The Amish love the Sunshine and Shadow quilt pattern. It shows two sides--the dark and light, spirit and form--and the challenge of bringing the two into a larger unity. It's not a choice between extremes: conformity or freedom, discipline or imagination, acceptance or doubt, humility or a raging ego. It's a balancing act that includes opposites.

Sue Bender in Plain and Simple: A Woman's Journey to the Amish by Sue Bender


To Practice This Thought:
Think about your attempts to achieve balance in your life. What spiritual practices have you found helpful?


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