|A Cottage by the Sea||
One of the symptoms of approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.
Just as a table without bread is a needy one, so absence of charity is ruin to the soul, for the soul walks by love, and the man who does not love abides in death.
The Monk of Farne
In cultivating loving-kindness, we train first to be honest, loving and compassionate toward ourselves….Without loving-kindness for ourselves, it is difficult, if not impossible, to genuinely feel it for others.
There is an old saying that the cure for loneliness is solitude. Solitude can be defined as learning that we are not alone when we are alone. When we have achieved the stature of solitude, namely achieving a conscious relationship with ourselves, then we are freer to share ourselves with others…. James Hollis
Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.
To be with our being…is the most simple, direct, truly human capacity, and it is the most difficult to sustain. In two minutes of sitting quietly we will soon discover that our minds have gone off by themselves with plans, fantasies, judgments, hopes, fears, and what have you! In nothing flat we have flown away from our presence in the present.
Even the predictable turns into surprise the moment we stop taking it for granted. David Steindl-Rast
Sheltand Islands, May 2010
To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter ... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring—these are some of the rewards of the simple life. John Burroughs