|A Cottage by the Sea||
…between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than yourself. Whenever a man concentrates his attention--on a landscape, poem, geometrical problem, an idol, or the True God—that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying.
Ultimately, meaning comes through finding a away to sustain your love for the person after their death while you’re moving forward with you life.
In these crises of life, we can experience the weight of all four degrees of separation….Spiritually, socially, geographically and emotionally.
I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree,
And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk
Toward heaven, till the tree could bear no more,
But dipped its top and set me down again.
That would be good both going and coming back.
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.
Religion is a means of ultimate transformation…An ultimate transformation is a fundamental change from being caught up in the troubles of common existence (sin, ignorance) to living in such a way that one can cope at the deepest level with these troubles. That capacity for living allows one to experience the most authentic or deepest reality—the ultimate.
Frederick Streng, quoted by Karen Armstrong in The Lost Art of Scripture
Very often, in fact, it is what we disagree with that makes us think and grow, whereas what we agree with slips past us and is lost.