Solitude in Nature

“We amplify the richness of solitude when we experience it in nature. It seems to be the perfect setting for finding inner peace. Solitude in nature tends to let us find our place in the world; lets us feel a part of it; makes us belong. The immensity of nature, whether a starry night or the view from a mountain top, gives us a new perspective on life, washes away or minimizes our worries. How can we feel sad with all the beauty there to see? And how can we feel poor when all this beauty belongs to us?”

– Ferenc Mate –

Stop to Remember

“What we create becomes meaningful to us only once we stop creating it and start to think about why we did so. The implication is clear. We could let the world wind us up and set us marching, like mechanical dolls that go and go until they fall over, because they don’t have a mechanism that allows them to pause. But that would make us less human. We have to remember to stop, because we have to stop to remember.”

– Elijah of Vilna –

You Are Blessed

“Never forget that your days are blessed. You may know how to profit by them, or you may not, but they are blessed.”

– Nadia Boulanger –

Contemplating Mountains

“The contemplation of sacred mountains with their special power to awaken another, deeper way of experiencing reality, opens us to a sense of the sacred in our own homes and communities – a sense that we need to cultivate in order to live in harmony.”

– Bernbaum –

Begin It

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

– Goethe –

Words Heard By Chance

“To hear the pounding on the door, we have to remember to pay attention to what we have lost and to what is calling for us. Not a day goes by when the world doesn’t cry out for us, signal us with signs and sounds, calling us home. Listening closely is nearly a lost art, but a retrievable one. The soul thrives on it. Words heard by chance have been known to change lives.”

– Phil Cousineau –

You Are That

“You are what your deep driving desire is.”

– Brihaduranyaha Upanishad –

Unfold Your Own Myth

“Don’t be satisfied with the stories that come before you; unfold your own myth.”

– Rumi –

Letting Go

“Our habits become rigid and old; but we call it discipline. Our beliefs and ideas are rooted in the reality of yesterday, not today; but we call it virtue. Emotionally we respond not to what we hear, see and receive today but to how it reminds us of what we heard, saw and received yesterday, the day before and 30 years ago. Erroneously, we call it truth. We are so busy complaining about the damp chill of winter that we don’t notice the bright rays of the spring sun peaking through the clouds. This is not the way to live. Like the tree who gladly gives her green leaves of spring to the Divine Painter to turn red and yellow in Autumn, and then lets them fall to the ground as the winter frost sets in, similarly, in order to stay ever-young, ever-free and ever-joyful we need to be able to let go.”

– Swami Chidanand Saraswati –

To See For Yourself

An old Irish poet once gave Phil Cousineau the following advice:

“We should all be grateful for the beauty of this world, but more, we should take the trouble to get off the bus of life and put the soles of our feet to the soul of the world and see those sacred sites with our own eyes.”

The question now is, which of the sacred sites in the world are you keen to see for yourself?

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