|A Cottage by the Sea||
They are deceptively simple. I admit that. But for me, all my life I try to simplify things. As a child in school, things were very hard for me to understand often, and I developed a knack, I think. I developed a process to simplify things so I would understand them.
I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasure.
Simple in actions and in thoughts, you return to the source
Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the
way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings
in the world.
Spiritual life is the bouquet, the perfume, the flowering and fulfillment of a human life, not a supernatural virtue imposed on it.
The Nunnery on the Isle of Iona.
Good things come from a quiet place: study, prayer, music, transformation, worship, communion. The words peace and quiet are all but synonymous, and are often spoken in the same breath. A quiet place is the think tank of the soul, the spawning ground of truth and beauty.
What then is solitude? It is a time in which experience is disengaged from other people….Of course much remains to be said about this disengaged experience, this curious region spreading out behind time’s back in which you gaze from the absolute center of the world and your thinking is the only human voice.
Quietly the darkness grows in the forest, seeping into the clearing and penetrating the soul, all-healing, all-reconciling, renewing the world for a new day. Were there no darkness to restore the soul, humans would quickly burn out their finite store of dreams.
The Shetlands. May 2010
People talk about ‘sinking’ into the ‘depths’ of silence. It is a good metaphor in lots of ways; there is a profundity in silence….In silence, as in deep waters, you are free from gravity.