Archives for category: Love

February 1, 2015 moss garden 007

 

 

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe,

a part limited in time and space.

He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling

as something separated from the rest,

a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

 

This delusion is a kind of prison for us,

restricting us to our personal desires

and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves

from this prison

by widening our circle of compassion

to embrace all living creatures

and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein

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November 22, 2014 frost 053

Lord, thou knowest better than myself

that I am growing older and will soon be old.

Keep me from becoming too talkative,

and especially from the unfortunate habit

of thinking that I must say something

on every subject and at every opportunity.

Release me from the idea

that I must straighten out other peoples’ affairs.

With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom,

it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it.

But thou knowest, Lord,

that in the end I will need a few friends.

Keep me from the recital of endless details;

give me wings to get to the point.

Grant me the patience

to listen to the complaints of others;

help me to endure them with charity.

But seal my lips on my own aches and pains —

they increase with the increasing years

and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.

I will not ask thee for improved memory,

only for a little more humility

and less self-assurance

when my own memory doesn’t agree with that of others.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

Keep me reasonably gentle.

I do not have the ambition to become a saint –

– it is so hard to live with some of them –

– but a harsh old person is one of the devil’s masterpieces.

Make me sympathetic without being sentimental,

helpful but not bossy.

Let me discover merits where I had not expected them,

and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any.

And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.

Amen
Margot Benary-Isbert

 

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November 15, 2014 garden 009

 

Those who make compassion

an essential part of their lives

find the joy of life.

Kindness deepens the spirit

and produces rewards

that cannot be completely explained in words.

It is an experience more powerful than words.

To become acquainted with kindness

one must be prepared to learn new things

and feel new feelings.

Kindness is more

than a philosophy of the mind.

It is a philosophy of the spirit.

 

Robert J. Furey

 

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August 9, 2014 hummingbird moth 078

 

The most important aspect of love

is not in giving or the receiving:

it’s in the being.

When I need love from others,

or need to give love to others,

I’m caught in an unstable situation.

Being in love,

rather than giving or taking love,

is the only thing that provides stability.

Being in love

means seeing the Beloved all around me.

 

 

Ram Dass/ Richard Alpert

 

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July 11, 2014 garden 073

 

It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day

in a state of love.

Every movement, every glance,

every thought, and every word

can be infused with love.

 

Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

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June 27, 2014  garden at dusk 020

By three things the wise person may be known.

What three?

He sees a shortcoming as it is.

When he sees it, he tries to correct it.

And when another acknowledges a shortcoming,

the wise one forgives it as he should.

 

A Buddha

 

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June 15, 2014 Father's Day 008
The teacher, or the spiritual friend,
enters your system much as medicine
is injected into your veins.
According to the tradition,
this is known as planting the heart of enlightenment
in your heart.
It is transplanting the full moon
into your heart. ..
….By the way,
once that moon has entered your heart,
it cannot be a waning moon.
It never wanes.
It is always waxing.
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Chogyam Trungpa
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June 15, 2014 Father's Day 029

Whatever words we utter
should be chosen with care
for people will hear them
and be influenced by them
for good or ill.
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The wise ones
fashioned speech with their thought,
sifting it as grain is sifted
through a sieve.
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The Buddha
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June 14, 2014 trees 001
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu
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June 8, 2014 swans 001

NEVER GIVE UP
No matter what is going on

Never give up
Develop the heart

Too much energy in your country
Is spent developing the mind
Instead of the heart

Be compassionate
Not just to your friends
But to everyone
Be compassionate

Work for peace
In your heart and in the world
Work for  peace

And I say again
Never give up

No matter what is going on around you
Never give up

H. H. Tenzin Gyatso

 

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