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Epiphany of God

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“It is the love of my lover, my brother, or my child that sees God in me, makes God credible to myself in me. And it is my love for my lover, my child, my brother that enables me to show God to him or her in himself or herself.”

~ Thomas Merton in James Finley’s Merton’s Palace of Nowhere

Painting by Paul Cézanne (1839)

Natural State

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“Love is a natural state of consciousness. It is neither easy nor difficult, those words don’t apply to it at all. It is not an effort; hence, it can’t be easy and it can’t be difficult either. It is like breathing! It is like your heartbeat, it is like blood circulating in your body.”

~ Osho

Gentle As You Go

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Be gentle as you breathe.
Be gentle as you let go.
Be easy with your heart.
It has hardened over time,
But remains soft at it’s center.
Open your heart gently.
Breathe easy.
Do not fear the pain.
Let it go.
Let the pain go where it wants to go.
Let your body breathe.
Release your protective grip,
And let your body live.
Be gentle.
You are healing.
You are healing.
Let it go gently.
This will pass.
You are eternal.
You are loved.
You are healthy.
You are safe.
Be gentle and breathe.
Rest now.
I love you.
I love you.
Rest now and feel loved.

~ Chris Weidner

We Are Not Alone

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“If we could, for a few minutes each day, just be fully where we are, we would indeed discover that we are not alone, and that the One who is with us in our hearts wants only to give us the love we need and the power to love others.”

~ Henri Nouwen, Spiritual Formation