|A Cottage by the Sea||
The dignity and excellence of the Renaissance mind was such that it could hold in a graceful equilibrium both the wisdom of the pagans and the doctrines of the Christians.
Ross King, in The Bookseller of Florence
I looked…on those hills down to the south of us, and realized that it is when I am with people that I am lonely, and when I am alone I am no longer lonely.
Candles, for all their fragility, are, in fact, the overwhelming images of what it means to be spiritually alive. In them is ancient energy, perpetual light, sign and symbol of possibility, of help on the horizon.
What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are. C.S. Lewis
If you affirm one thing now;, and the opposite in half and hour; it you meditate helpfully and then go downstairs to talk trouble; it is entirely natural that you should fail to influence people with peace that comes with prayer.
When the mind is running your life, conflict, strife and problems are inevitable. Being in touch with your inner body creates a clear space of no-mind within which the relationship can flower.
I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending. Mr. Rogers