Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ave Maria - Raphael and Morten Lauridsen

Click on this link for a beautiful Ave Maria by Morten Lauridsen, with images of Madonnas by Raphael Santi. Amazing!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Rainer Maria Rilke

God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.

Flare up like flame
and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.

- Rainer Maria Rilke

Friday, April 9, 2010

Beauty Captured

"My soul is a candle that burned away the veil; 
only the glorious duties of light I now have."  

"I did not have to ask my heart what it wanted,
because of all the desires I have ever known 
just one did I cling to
for it was the essence of all desire:
to hold beauty in my soul's arms."

~ St. John of the Cross

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Traveling Far Without Going Far From Home

This is a beautiful article, and an exhibit perhaps worth the "pilgrimage" to New York to see ...
... honoring the developing Buddha in us all, the importance of pilgrimage  and the art of "traveling far without going far from home."

Yesterday I decided to make the "aim" to slow my life down ... Today I already see how leaving time allows something higher to enter. This article, which I relished reading in some of that reclaimed time, reminded me that we need to journey far from home on a regular basis, if only in the privacy of our mind and heart. There is no room for this developing pilgrimage when we are caught in a whirlwind of tasks, plans, and relentless responsibilities. We become what we feed ourselves, as someone very wise once said, we need to leave time to feed the soul.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Lao Tsu

She Stays in the Center

After talking for awhile, 
it is natural to become silent.

The windstorm does not last all morning. 
Heavy rains do not fall all day.

Movement and stillness alternate. 
Silence and sound follow each other.

Only human beings try to make things last forever. 
In so doing, they precipitate change.

Trying to hold onto their riches,
they lose them.

Trying to hold onto their successes,
they unexpectedly fail.

Trying to keep their virtue perfect,
their desires take them by surprise.

The Taoist knows 
that everything that happens has a purpose.

So when something comes, she accepts it.
When it leaves, she lets it go.

She learns to trust life,
so life does not abuse her.

Even when the winds of change 
are whirling around her,

she stays in the center,
in the eye of the hurricane,

where everything is quiet
and completely still.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Rodney Collin

When true self-remembering comes, one does not want to alter oneself; 
one somehow rises above their weaknesses and one's own. 
There can be no blame anywhere. 
One swallows what is, and becomes free.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Rainer Maria Rilke

... I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, 
to have patience with everything unresolved 
in your heart and to try to love the questions 
themselves as if they were locked rooms
or books written in a very foreign language. 
Don't search for the answers, which could not be 
given to you now, because you would not be able 
to live them. And the point is to live everything. 
Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday 
far in the future, you will gradually, 
without even noticing it, live your way 
into the answer.

--from Letters to a Young Poet (1903)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī

This is love: 
To fly toward a secret sky.
To cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. 
First to let go of life. 
Finally, to take a step without feet.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christina G. Rossetti

“Love came down at Christmas; 
love all lovely, love divine; 
love was born at Christmas, 
stars and angels gave the sign.”

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

"Love alone
can unite living beings
so as to complete and fulfill them,
for it alone joins them
by what is deepest in themselves."
-- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Sunday, November 8, 2009


The love of God, unutterable and perfect 
Flows into a pure soul 
The way that light rushes into a transparent object.
The more love that it finds, the more it gives itself
So that as we grow clear and open,
The more complete the joy of heaven is.
And the more souls that resonate together,
The greater the intensity of their love
And, mirror like, each soul reflects the other.

-- Dante

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Marcus Aurelius

" When jarred, unavoidably, by circumstances, 
revert at once to yourself, 
and don't loose the rhythm more than you can help.
You'll have a better grasp of the harmony 
if you keep on going back to it."

-- Marcus Aurelius

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Rodney Collin

Sometimes, by letting go.
we allow some grace to enter
by another channel,
which all our mental efforts
have hitherto kept out.
Stillness is a quality of the heart.
We must not expect to find it
among the doubts of the mind.
It is the mind which must make way for it.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; 
what is essential is invisible to the eye."

Monday, July 13, 2009

Marsilio Ficino

"These celestial bodies are not to be sought by us
 outside in some other place;
 for the heavens in their entirety are within us,
 in whom the light of life
 and the origin of heaven dwell."

-- Marsilio Ficino