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Hope inspires the good to reveal itself.

~Emily Dickinson

Categories: Contemplative Spirituality, Love, and Prayer. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

I am convinced that love is the fundamental energy of the human spirit.

~Gerald May

Categories: Love and Parenthood. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Attention is the rarest and purest kind of generosity.

~Simone Weil

Categories: Contemplative Living and Love. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Children, Chaos, and Contemplation

Today’s post is by Bryan Berghoef

There is never a dull moment at our house. My wife and I have four children—amid the flurry of homework assignments, birthday parties, sibling spats, and dinnertime squabbles—there’s a lot of constant noise and movement.

One of the delightful things about having young children is their unbridled enthusiasm and overwhelming energy. They are fully present, without a sense that there is anything else to be. They are fully in the moment. This is a gift of being a child, not being weighed down by thoughts of the future, or by a sense of responsibility, or worry. They are right here, right now.

The downside is that everything is so important, and when something doesn’t go their way, right now, it’s reason for complaining, crying, sometimes even—panic. Spilling milk really is something to cry over. A favorite toy breaking feels like the apocalypse. Even as I write this there is fighting in the sandbox. (Don’t worry – we have plenty of moments of calm and laughter as well in our household!)

I long as a parent to be able to maintain an inner calm amid all this outer chaos and confusion. I find that I very seldom am able to cultivate that on the spot. It is something I need to consciously develop in other moments, so that when the chaos comes, I have a reserve of calm from which to draw. It might be a daily time of prayer and silence, a quiet walk outside, Scripture reading, or some other practice.

There is greater comfort in the substance of silence than in the answer to a question.

~Thomas Merton

God’s Love is Never Small

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your […]

March 03, 2018 by Mary van Balen
Categories: Love and Non-duality. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

The wound is the place where the light enters you.

~Rumi

Categories: Loss, Love, Prayer, and Self Compassion. Tags: light, rumi, and wound. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Every person in this Earth yearns to love,
to be loved, to know love.
Our true identity, our reason for being
is to be found in this desire.

~Gerald May

Categories: Love. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

I once asked a bird, “How is it that you fly in this gravity of darkness?”

She responded, “Love lifts me.”

~Hafiz

Categories: Love and Nature and spirituality. Tags: hafiz. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.

Both when we fall and when we get up again
we are kept in the same precious love.

~Julian of Norwich

Categories: Love. Formats: Monday Moment and Quote. Interest Areas: Monday Moments.