Everybody is unique.
Compare not yourself with anybody else lest you spoil God’s curriculum.
— Baal Shem Tov
To Practice This Thought:Create a self-portrait — a drawing, clay model, or collage — that illustrates what is unique about you.
A heartfelt prayer is not a recitation with the lips. It is a yearning from within which expresses itself in every work, every act, … every thought of man. … Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
Learning to say your mantra, learning to say your word, leaving behind all other words, ideas, imaginations and fantasies, is learning to enter into the presence of the Spirit who dwells in our inner heart, who dwells there in love. –John Main
Trust the energy that courses
through you. Trust — then take
surrender even deeper.
Be the energy.
Don’t push anything away.
Follow each sensation back to
its source and focus your awareness
there. Be the ecstasy.
Be unafraid of consummate wonder.
Emerge so new, so vulnerable,
that you don’t know
who you are.
Be the energy, and paradoxically,
be at peace. Dare to be your own
illumination, and blaze a trail across
the clear night sky like lightning.
I assure you that God is even kinder than you think. He is satisfied with a look, a sign of love.
— St. Therese of Lisieux
To Practice This Thought: Find a simple gesture to signify your love of God and your openness to God’s kindness.
The purpose of meditation and the challenge of meditation is to allow ourselves to become silent enough to allow this interior silence to emerge. Silence is the language of the spirit. –John Main
As we are together, praying for peace, let us be truly with each other.
Let us pay attention to our breathing.
Let us be relaxed in our bodies and our minds.
Let us be at peace with our bodies and our minds.
Let us be aware of the source of being common to us all and to all living things.
Evoking the presence of the Great Compassion,
let us fill our hearts with our own compassion towards ourselves and towards all living beings.
Let us pray that all living beings realize that they are all brothers and sisters, all nourished from the same source of life.
Let us pray that we ourselves cease to be the cause of suffering to each other.
Let us live in a way which will not deprive other beings of air, water, food, shelter, or the chance to live.
With humility, with awareness of the existence of life and of the sufferings going on around us,
let us pray for the establishment of peace in our hearts and on earth.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
James writes: Let no one say when they are tempted, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone. (James 1:12-15)
Doesn’t a contemplative outlook, focused on God, rescue us from the greyness of routine, from monotony? Permeated by the Gospel, such an outlook is also capable of perceiving the treasures of a heart warmed by infinite goodness.