|A Cottage by the Sea||
Joseph Campbell has remarked upon a hero-theme running through the myths which involves a solitary quest…suggesting that only in isolation can guilt, remorse, and redemption run their full course.
It is in silence that we can truly acknowledge who we are and gradually claim ourselves as a gift from God.
A thought consists of a piece of knowledge with a charge of feeling, and it is the feeling alone that gives power to the thought.
May you grow still enough to hear the small noises earth makes in preparing for the long sleep of winter, so that you yourself may grow calm and grounded deep within.
Br. David Steindl-Rast (www.gratefulness.org)
So let me pay attention to my food-choices today, and take tender-loving-care of my body, as I take care of my soul, in this joyous fasting-season before Christmas.
Sr. Vassa (www.coffeewithsistervassa.com)
When I go for walks now, I no longer have earphones piping music into my head. I try to stay present to the physical, aural, and visual sensations I experience, as well as noticing my mental processes and reactions. Sometimes I can keep this up for as long as thirty seconds at a time before my mind scurries off into la-la land. I call that progress.
The first requirements of silence are to have faith and patience, and, with one’s whole heart, strength and power—to love and to hope.
St. Gregory of Sinai (d. 1360)
Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”
Vaclav Havel, quoted in www.benetvision.org