Month: December 2014

Happy New Year

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. -Helen Keller We’ve come to the end of another year, a time when many of us, determined to better ourselves, compile a long list of New Year’s Resolutions. Very often, these resolutions include lofty and nearly unrealistic goals … Read More Happy New Year

Loving kindness

Whatever your difficulties—a devastated heart, financial loss, feeling assaulted by the conflicts around you, or a seemingly hopeless illness—you can always remember that you are free in every moment to set the compass of your heart to the highest intentions. In fact, the two things that you are always free to do—despite your circumstances—are to be present and to be willing to love. -Jack … Read More Loving kindness

Acceptance

What would it be like to be completely committed to this present reality? Because, that’s actually what we are experiencing right now…If we want to improve a situation, we should go for that…but if we’ve already accepted things as they are, then any efforts toward improvement could…be experienced as play.” -Bruce Tift How can I simultaneously surrender to my current situation and also work … Read More Acceptance

Compassion

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending. -Thich Nhat Hahn To see beyond someone’s hurtful behavior to their true loving nature is the very essence of compassion. But, this isn’t always so easy, especially when we are … Read More Compassion

Coming Home

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. -T.S. Eliot I’ve always loved these lines from T.S. Eliot’s poem, “Four Quartets”. I was an angst-filled teenager when I first read Eliot’s poem. At that time, these lines were an invitation to explore, which is exactly … Read More Coming Home