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Thomas Merton Thomas Merton - The Rush and Pressure of Modern Life
“There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence.” more
Father Bede Griffiths and Brother Wayne Teasdale Father Bede Griffiths - I was suddenly made aware of another world
Bede Griffiths, 1906-1993, was a British-born Benedictine monk and priest who lived in ashrams in South India and later became known as Swami Dayananda.
“I was suddenly made aware of another world of beauty and mystery such as I had never imagined to exist, except in poetry... more
Edward O. Wilson E. O. Wilson - Humanity Today is Like a Waking Dreamer
~ Excerpts from "The Social Conquest of Earth" and "Save America's Forests"
“Humanity today is like a waking dreamer, caught between the fantasies of sleep and the chaos of the real world.” more
Virginia Woolf - On the Track of the Lost Novelist
~ excerpt from "A Room of One's Own"
"When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even of a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet..." more
Amma Amma on Divine Motherhood
Anyone who has the courage to overcome the limitations of the mind will attain the state of universal motherhood. more
Sojourner Truth Ar'n't I a Woman?
~ The Heart of Sojourner Truth:
Abolitionist,Women's Rights Activist, and Former Slave ~
“Dat man ober dar say dat woman needs to be lifted ober ditches, and to have de best place every whar. Nobody eber helped me into carriages, or ober mud puddles, or gives me any best place and ar’n’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have plowed, and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me – and ar’n’t I a woman?” more
Marilynne Robinson Marilynne Robinson: Generosity of Spirit
“the language of public life has lost the character of generosity...” more
Henry Beston The Holiness and Beauty of Night
From "The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod",
by Henry Beston
“Our fantastic civilization has fallen out of touch with many aspects of nature, and with none more completely than with night ..." more
Sister Wendy Sister Wendy Beckett:
"My Love for Art is ... a Way of Loving God"
“My love for art is for me a way of loving God. I do not usually speak of Him explicitly since religious language can sometimes put people off. But art is essentially beauty that draws us into the truth of our own being, and whenever we have truth and beauty, we have God." more
The Untethered Soul "Pay Attention When You Feel Love and Enthusiasm"
~ From "The Untethered Soul," by Michael Singer ~
"If you really want to stay open, pay attention when you feel love and enthusiasm. Then ask yourself why you can’t feel this all the time. Why does it have to go away?" more
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