“Contemplation is an exercise in keeping your heart and mind spaces open long enough for the mind to see other hidden material.”

~ Richard Rohr, The Naked Now

Painting by Alexei Butirskiy


Removing Non-Essentials


“There is an emptying that gives life–an emptying that occurs when we allow God to remove the non-essentials, so that we can more clearly recognize the things which really matter.”

~ Steve Harper


1522519_10153461483304119_6484307179745866029_o If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

If, by Rudyard Kipling

Beautiful words to strive for…

Thank you Kat…I love you.

The Point Is Love


“The point of life is to love, and to do so is a choice. In that choice I take action, and in that action, I am love. I have a voice. I can use it to oppress, or I can use it to liberate. I can create, I can lead, and I can love. The same is true for you. Together we can say, I love.

All we have and are is love.”

~ Don Miguel Ruiz Jr.

The Truth Is Within You Now


“Today we will remember that enlightenment is not a change into something more or better, but a simple recognition of who we already truly are. Your light is in you forever now; it cannot be lost, why fantasize about finding it in the future, or be deceived into believing you have lost it to the past?

Today no clouds will make us forget that the sun still and always shines. Today we will be the rays of hope our brothers and sisters have been longing for. Today we will offer hope to those who have been programmed to believe that they are hopeless. When our brothers or sisters use words or actions that would normally be judged by this world, we will instead remind them of their everlasting light by gifting them our love, forgiveness, and support. And when this illusionary world would insist that our reaction must be anger, today we make it a conscious point to return to the truth within, and react with compassion and understanding.”

~ James Blanchard Cisneros