Monday, August 30, 2010


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You get what you hope for, but what you hope for isn’t something you can always recognize.

Zadie Smith, In Conversation with Zadie Smith by Eleanor Wachtel

Sunday, August 29, 2010

God of Abundance

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O God of abundance, you feed us every day.
Rise in us now, make us into your bread,
that we may share your gifts with a hungry world,
and join in love with all people,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sara Miles, Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion

Saturday, August 28, 2010


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I pointed out to you the stars and all you saw was the tip of my finger.

African Proverb

Friday, August 27, 2010


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If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.

George Eliot, Middlemarch

… what those lines suggest is that if we had complete empathy, if we could understand how people are from the inside, we would be capable of loving them as God loved them.

Zadie Smith, In Conversation with Zadie Smith by Eleanor Wachtel

Thursday, August 26, 2010

How To Be Alone

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Lonely is a freedom that breathes easy and weightless, and lonely is healing if you make it.

Tanya Davis, How To Be Alone

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What we are

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Life is what we are; what we do is what we are and become.

Lama Surya Das, Buddha Is As Buddha Does

Monday, August 23, 2010

This world

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The world is not imperfect or slowly evolving along a long path to perfection. No, it is perfect in every moment.

Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Works of art

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Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and with nothing to be so little appreciated as with criticism. Only love can grasp and hold and fairly judge them.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Saturday, August 21, 2010


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The time to make up your mind about people is never.

Tracy Lord, The Philadelphia Story

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Spiritual practice

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The important point of spiritual practice is not to try to escape your life, but to face it – exactly and completely.

Dainin Katagiri Roshi

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


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To figure out what was really happening behind the clichés, I’d learned, meant a practice of looking not at the centre but at the edges of things – at the unlikeliest and weakest people, not the most apparently powerful.

Sara Miles, Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion

Monday, August 16, 2010

Winds of grace

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The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail.

Sri Ramakrishna

Sunday, August 15, 2010


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Remember one thing only: that it’s you – nobody else – who determines your destiny and decides your fate. Nobody else can be alive for you.

E. E. Cummings

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Practice Compassion

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If you want others to be happy,
practice compassion.
If you want to be happy,
practice compassion.

The Dalai Lama

Thursday, August 12, 2010


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Unless someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It’s not.

Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


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Conversation isn’t, after all, a moment: It’s a process, and it keeps happening, with cycles of acceptance and resistance, epiphany and doubt.

Sara Miles, Take This Bread, A Radical Conversion

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


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An organization’s identity includes current interpretations of its history, present decisions and activities, and its sense of its future. Identity is both what we want to believe is true and what our actions show to be true about ourselves.

Margaret J. Wheatley, Finding Our Way: Leadership For an Uncertain Time

Monday, August 9, 2010


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You cannot balance one thing; you balance a diversity of things. And diversity is the engine of the evolution of living things, including living civilizations.

Chinua Achebe, Home and Exile

Sunday, August 8, 2010


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God is universal; confined to no spot, defined by no dogma, appropriated by no sect.

Mary Baker Eddy

Friday, August 6, 2010


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The only thing that keeps us from floating off with the wind is our stories. They give us a name and put us in a place, allow us to keep on touching.

Tom Spanbauer

Thursday, August 5, 2010

To be alive

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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

Thornton Wilder

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Falling in love with a revolution

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I’d learn that it’s possible to fall in love with a revolution – then doubt it, fight with it, lose faith in it, and return with a sense of humour and a harder, lasting love. I would have to learn the same thing about church when I was much older, and it would be no easier.

Sara Miles, Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Gift to the world

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People who are at ease with themselves are a wonderful gift to the world. They model for us with a power that words can never match.

David Kundtz, Everyday Serenity: Meditations for people who do too much

Monday, August 2, 2010

Seeing well

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If you want to see well, you must not stand in one place. ... And this is the way I think the world's stories should be told – from many different perspectives.

Chinua Achebe

Sunday, August 1, 2010


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So many of us define ourselves by what we have, what we wear, what kind of house we live in, and what kind of car we drive … if you think of yourself as the woman in the Cartier watch and the Hermes scarf, a house fire will destroy not only your possessions but your self.

Linda Henley