Thought for Today

Mystics

Mystics have plumbed the depths of both suffering and love, and emerged with depths of compassion for the world, and a learned capacity to recognize God within themselves, in others, and in all things. ~Richard Rohr (1943 to pres., Spiritual writer, and Franciscan priest)

Love is a Fire

Love is a fire of transformation that constantly needs wood to keep the fire alive. Throw yourself into the spiritual fire of divine love and everything you grasp for yourself will be destroyed until there is nothing left but the pure truth of yourself. ~Ilia Delio (Franciscan sister, theologian, author, and university professor)

Happy

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. ~Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918, French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist and art critic)

Mind’s True Nature

Your mind’s true nature is unobstructed, free of all karma, primordially pure, and beyond space or time. Yet performing actions and seeking objects for happiness or seeking externally in order to escape the cycle of death and rebirth to which life in the material world is bound, sentient beings sink further into bondage. ~Bodhidharma (circa … Continue reading Mind’s True Nature

Beauty

When I surrender to beauty, I’m letting go of the ways in which I’m protecting and guarding myself. I’m allowing myself to expand, and I’m letting go of the sense of who I think I am, and then beginning to experience and touch into the actual expression of spaciousness.  ~Lama Rod Owens (Buddhist teacher, activist, … Continue reading Beauty

Search for God

A wave cannot find peace in another wave. The only lasting peace it can find is by sinking in to itself I have searched so far for God. I have traveled so far in search of God but when I gave up and turned back, he was within me. ~Lalleshwari (AKA Lal Ded or Layla, 1320–1392, Kashmiri … Continue reading Search for God

Receptivity

“Sweet is Thy will” is the highest state of receptivity. It is a condition in which our mind is stilled, and our ego is at rest. It is best described by a formula: humans minus the mind equals God. In this condition, nothing stands between God and us. We become an empty cup, and the … Continue reading Receptivity

Prayer

It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than to have words without a heart. ~Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian Spiritual and Political Leader)

Love

Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. ~James Baldwin (1924-1987, American writer)

Heartbeat

The quest of the human heart for meaning is the heartbeat of every religion. ~Br. David Steindl-Rast (1926 to pres., Benedictine Monk)

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