You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Franz Kafka
“The root of human distress is a sense of alienation from the natural order of the universe.”
“Should” and “shouldn’t” are always someone else’s voice. What does your voice say?
“Life is a Perpetual Therapeutic Irritation.” Amrit Desai (That arena where we most need to grow will appear to irritate us until we heal it.)
“The miraculous is not extraordinary but the common mode of existence. It is our daily bread. Whoever really has considered the lilies of the field or the birds of the air and pondered the improbability of their existence in this warm world within the cold and empty stellar distances will hardly balk at the turning of water into wine—which was, after all, a very small miracle. We forget the greater and still continuing miracle by which water (with soil and sunlight) is turned into grapes.” – Wendell Berry
“The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another, when we are there in the most attentive or caring way. This simple and profound intimacy is the love that we all long for. These moments of touching and being touched can become a foundation for a path with heart, and they take place in the most immediate and direct way.”
– Jack Kornfield, from A Path with Heart
“We construct realities because they make us feel comfortable with the limits we impose upon ourselves. They help us come to terms with a complicated world. They help us think that we understand the real nature of things, the reality that underlies life, thought, energy. Otherwise it would all be mysterious. Mysteries at the core of existence make us uncomfortable.” Roderick MacIver
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