Leaf of the Tree

Finding the Divine in the Details


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Toward the territories of spirit

GLEANINGS FOUND HERE AND THERE:

The pain of yesterday is the strength of today.

~  Paulo Coelho

In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.

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Photo: David Campbell / http://www.GBCTours.com

~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A journey can become a sacred thing:
Make sure, before you go,
To take the time
To bless your going forth,
To free your heart of ballast
So that the compass of your soul
Might direct you toward
The territories of spirit
Where you will discover
More of your hidden life,
And the urgencies
That deserve to claim you.

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Artwork: Judy Wright

~ John O’Donohue

When you resist the flow of life, what you are actually resisting is your own inner nature, for everything that happens to us is a reflection of who we are.

This isn’t a mystical statement; it is part of the apparatus of perception. To perceive is to grasp the meaning of something.

~ Deepak Chopra


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L’attitudes of eternity

A few gems to take with us into the week:

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We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity.

Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.   

~ Paulo Coelho

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Compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you start to make yourself right and when you start to make yourself wrong.

At that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more tender, shaky kind of place where you could live.

~ Pema Chödrön

 

An attitude of gratitude comes from an understanding that we may all have problems, but we don’t have all the problems.    ~ Yehuda Berg

 

Artwork courtesy of authors Lauren Chuslo Shur and Jane E. Harper.