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Finding the Divine in the Details


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The foundation of all learning

GLEANINGS FOUND HERE AND THERE:

“We need mystery. Creator in her wisdom knew this.

Mystery fills us with awe and wonder. They are the foundations of humility, and humility is the foundation of all learning.

So we do not seek to unravel this. We honour it by letting it be that way forever.”

Quote of a grandmother explaining The Great Mystery of the universe to her grandson.

~ Richard Wagamese, Indian Horse

The unexpected and the incredible belong in this world.

Only then is life whole.

 ~ Carl Jung

 

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.

 ~ G. K. Chesterton 

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

 ~ William James


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Becoming a gathering of heaven

GLEANINGS FOUND HERE AND THERE:

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

~ William James

Evolution is transformation. And transformation is happening all the time. It happens as we learn new things … Evolution is not an automatic ever-ascending spiritual conveyor-belt, but the result of our ability to face reality, adjust, adapt, and change.

~ Christine DeLorey

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Quiilt: Joan Haskell

In recognizing yourself as life itself, you are put right-side up. You freshly live your life, rather than thinking it and then trying to live according to those thoughts. …The thinking mind becomes the servant — rather than the master — to the direct experience of life.

~ Gangaji

And finally, a blessing and prayer for every season:

O God! Dispel all those elements which are the cause of discord, and prepare for us all those things which are the cause of unity and accord!

O God! Descend upon us Heavenly Fragrance and change this gathering into a gathering of Heaven!

Grant to us every benefit and every food.

Prepare for us the Food of Love! Give us the Food of Knowledge! Bestow on us the Food of Heavenly Illumination!

~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá


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Deciding the life we live

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Photo: Kathy Gilman

GLEANINGS FOUND HERE AND THERE:

Justice is what love looks like in public.

 ~ Dr. Cornel West

When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?”

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Photo: Karen Olin Darling

~ Sydney J. Harris

Best work we can do on ourselves is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others.

~ Carl Jung

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.

~ Kahlil Gibran

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

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Photo: Nelson Ashberger

~ Flora Whittemore

Wisdom is instinct in body, emotion in heart, knowledge in mind and intuition in spirit.

~ Ian Lawton

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

~ William James


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“The greatest revolution”

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The unexpected and the incredible belong in this world. Only then is life whole.  ~ Carl Jung

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.  ~ G. K. Chesterton LKwildrose1233503_10153153069260181_16652540_n

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.   ~ William James

Photos courtesy Lara Kearns.


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The art of knowing what to overlook

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“The art of wisdom is the art of knowing what to overlook.”

When I turned over this quote of William James’ on my calendar, it struck a chord. I think a lot about how I can respond to life more consciously. It’s too easy to default to the fight-or-flight reaction that a barrage of “urgent” messages can prod us into, whether they’re coming from network news or our overfull inboxes.

To achieve quality of life, we sometimes have to follow James’ wisdom about NOT reacting, letting things go by — even doing nothing. One neighbor’s experience provides an example of how much trouble we can save ourselves when we do.

DSCF3570   BoomerCafe graciously gave me the space to share this story this week.

You can read the rest at: http://www.boomercafe.com/2013/08/12/the-story-of-how-a-skunk-became-a-symbol-of-baby-boomer-wisdom/

The story is excerpted from Life at First Sight: Finding the Divine in the Details. Find more information about that at:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1931847673/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1931847673&linkCode=as2&tag=boomercafe