Our quote today invites us to consider the relative merits of purity.
Water which is too pure has no fish. –Ts’ai Ken T’an
Does striving for perfection ever get in the way of you living a full life? What are the impurities in your life that point to other vibrant things? How do you find a balance between the messiness of life and the fruits of purity?
Our quote today invites us to consider surrender of the self.
Standing on the bare ground… a mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball: I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God. –Emerson
Are you able to surrender your sense of ego and self in this way? How do you do it? Are there other ways in which you feel “the currents of the Universal Being” circulating within you?
Our quote today invites us to consider a return to the unburdened spirit of childhood.
Soon the child’s clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions and abstractions. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day… we become seekers. –Peter Matthiessen
Can you think back to a moment or moments when your own vision became clouded? Do you remember a time of wonder that preceded this? What clouded your vision? What practices help you to pierce through those burdens so that you can seek unencumbered?
Our quote today invites us to consider the divine in objects of all kinds.
The Buddha, the Godhead, resides quite as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain or in the petals of a flower. To think otherwise is to demean the Buddha- which is to demean oneself. –Robert M. Pirsig.
Are you ever astounded or inspired by the intricate workings of some man-made object? Does this ever become a spiritual experience for you? Does this happen frequently or do you have to make yourself stop and think carefully to have these moments?
Our quote today invites us to consider the limitations of science in describing human experience.
With all your science can you tell how it is, and whence it is, that light comes into the soul? –Thoreau.
Have you ever perceived of a sudden shift in your perception or reality that would be invisible to a scientific observer? Do you think that matters of the soul will someday be more explainable by science or do you think that they will remain mysterious and inexplicable? Do you want scientific answers, or do you prefer considering aspects of your life apart from science, experimentation, and dispassionate observation?
Our quote today invites us to consider when answers might not be the best object of a search.
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. –Pablo Picasso.
When is an answer not the best end of our inquiry? Has a question ever felt like more of an epiphany than an answer could have? What questions should you be seeking right now in your life?
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Our quotes today invites us to consider the role of play in our lives (with apologies to those who are not “men”- substitute “a person” if “man” distracts you).
Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only a completely a man when he plays. –Friedrich von Schiller.
Do you allow yourself time to play? What does play look like for you? Does it help you to feel a sense of completeness? How can you bring a sense of play to your everyday activities to be more fully human an engaged in all you do?
Our quotes today comes from Jimmy Carter’s book A Call to Action.
The principle of treating others the same way one would like to be treated is echoed in at least twelve religions of the world. “Others” transcend gender, race, class, sexual orientation or caste. Whoever and whatever the “other” is, she has to be treated with dignity, kindness, love and respect. In African communitarian spirituality, this is well expressed in the Ubuntu religious and ethical ideal of “I am because you are, and since we are, therefore I am”- a mandate based on the reality of our being interconnected and interdependent as creation. Therefore pain caused to one is pain shared by all. –Fulata Moyo, Program Executive, Women in Church and Society, World Council of Churches.
As we observe the holiday of Columbus Day, many have chosen to observe Indigenous People’s Day instead, emphasizing our connectedness to native peoples and to the pain of history and wrongdoing of our forbearers. In what ways do you honor this connectedness?
Our subject for meditation today comes from Kay Jacobson and is a photo rather than a quote.
For me, this brings to mind the Douglas Hyde quote:
Every crag and gnarled tree and lonely valley has its own strange and graceful legend attached to it.
How about you? Do objects or organisms you encounter speak to your spirit? What are your gnarls and crags? What are your strange and graceful legends?