I go inside and shut the window. The lamp is brought and I’m told good night. And my voice contentedly says good night. May this be my life, now and always: The day bright with sunshine, or gentle with rain, Or stormy as if the world were ending, The evening gentle and my eyes attentive To the people passing by my window, With my last friendly gaze going to the peaceful trees, And then, window shut and the lamp lit, Without reading or sleeping and thinking of nothing, To feel life flowing through me like a river between its banks, And outside a great silence like a god who is sleeping.
~ Fernando Pessoa writing as Alberto Caeiro in “The Keeper of Sheep”
“To be great, be whole; Exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is not you. Be whole in everything. Put all you are Into the smallest thing you do. So, in each lake, the moon shines with splendor Because it blooms up above.”
“You are asking, “Is there any possibility that I will ever grow up?” There are all the possibilities. For the humble heart everything is possible, for the egoist nothing is possible. For a person who can accept that “I am nobody,” all doors suddenly open, all the mysteries of existence become available. For the man who can say, “I do not know,” a miracle becomes possible. In his acceptance of not knowing he starts becoming wise because he starts becoming like a child, utterly innocent.”
On a snowy day it is very quiet. Stepping out of my car and standing in the snow a flock of small birds soars past over my head without a sound. It is in these moments that I feel a deep connection to the world. A silent pause saying everything. A living prayer. So glad to be here.
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
“Only one thing is harassing you: your own idea of achieving things as quickly as possible. But meditation is not to be achieved; it is already there. It has only to be discovered. And discovery needs only one thing: a silent watcher.”