|A Cottage by the Sea||
In spiritual teaching we are told not to dwell upon our troubles, but instead to realize the Presence of God where the troubles seem to be.
My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.
Love, in fact, is the spiritual life; and without it, all other exercises of the spirit, however lofty, are emptied of content and become mere illusions. The more lofty they are, the more dangerous the illusion.
Most people do not listen with the intent to understand. Most people listen with the intent to reply.
Stephen R. Covey
Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap and stands confident in the storms of spring without the fear that after them may come no summer. It does come. But it comes only to the patient, who are there as though eternity lay before them, so unconcernedly still and wide. I learn it daily, learn it with pain to which I am grateful: patience is everything!
Rainer Maria Rilke
Mudita is the principle of taking sympathetic or unselfish joy in the good fortune of others.
In my lifetime, I have learned that it is impossible to demand peace, justice, equity, and calm if one doesn’t first acquaint oneself with those emotions within their own being.
"But goodness," continued Piglet, "Difficult Days are so much easier when you know you've got someone there for you. And I'll always be here for you, Pooh."