What is astonishing about our contemporary world is how few people are present to what is physically occurring around them. Distracted thumbs on phone keys are a brilliant, iconic image Shakespeare would use today, were he alive, to illustrate the desperate need to be busy and remain undisturbed by a larger horizon of human endeavor for which we might feel inadequate. There is an unconscious sense that if we refuse to be present to the physical world around us, we will be held harmless from any of the greater physical patterns that might disturb and destroy the protected, often virtual worlds we have taken so much effort to construct around us.
Consciously or unconsciously,
we avoid facing things as they are in themselves
and so we want God to open for us a door which is beyond…
(But) to find life’s purpose we must go through the door of ourselves.
Imagine whenever you meet anybody, your habitual, instinctive first thought is, I wish for this person to be happy.
Having such habits changes everything at work, because this sincere goodwill is picked up unconsciously by others, and you create the type of trust that leads to highly productive collaborations. Such habits can be volitionally trained.
C-M Tan, Search inside yourself. The unexpected path to achieving success, happiness (and world peace).
Do you have doubts about your life? Are you ensure it is really worth all the trouble? Look at the sky, that is for you. Look at each person’s face as you pass on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street and the ball of fire underneath the ground: all these things are for you. They are as much for you as they are for other people. Remember this when you wake up in the morning and think you have nothing. Stand up and face the east. Now praise the sky and praise the light within each person under the sky. It’s okay to be unsure. But praise, praise, praise.
Miranda July, U.S filmmaker, No One belongs here more than you
Most days we resist the moment as it presents itself – even if good – as we either try to make it last longer or change into something else. So we go out of the heart and into the head, judging, plotting, wishing. But becoming whole is only realizable from within, when we come to see the heart is complete when it is free of wanting more or wanting less.
As if you were on fire from within.
The moon lives in the lining of your skin.
Pablo Neruda, Ode to a Naked Beauty
Traditionally the season of Lent was associated with some form of simplification, which in Ireland became reduced to “giving up” something. The true meaning is in making space for the deeper realities in our lives and room to see what is happening.
The ground of renunciation is realizing that we already have exactly what we need,
that what we have already is good.
Every moment of time has enormous energy in it,
and we could connect with that.