|Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. We provide inspirational
quotes by exploring a new theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This site is offered in the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the
commonalities among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities.
However you choose to worship, I hope this site enhances your journey.
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On Today's Theme:
If you're an introvert, I don't have to sell you on the joy of solitude.
It's the only way people like us can recharge our batteries.
you Energizer Bunnies who never run down in a crowd of people,
allow me to introduce to you the depths of peace available in the
quiet of aloneness. It's only in "aloneness" that we can ultimately
banish loneliness, for that's where we finally are able to hear
the melodies of enduring, divine companionship.
Think of it as a mini-vacation from the world's insanity.
- Lisa Bowman
In solitude, we can slowly unmask the illusion of our possessiveness and
discover in the center of our own self that we are not what we can conquer,
but what is given to us. In solitude we can listen to him who spoke to us be-
fore we could speak a word, who healed us before we could make any gesture
to help, who set us free long before we could free others, and who loved us
long before we could give love to anyone. It is in this solitude we discover that
our life is not a possession to be defended, but a gift to be shared. It's there we
recognize that the healing words we speak are not just our own, but are given
to us; that the love we can express is part of a greater love; and that the new
life we bring forth is not a property to cling to, but a gift to be received.
Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch Catholic priest and author
From "Out of Solitude"
Ave Maria Press, 2005
Solitude is a necessary protest to the incursions and the false
alarms of society's hysteria, a period of cure and recovery.
Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)
From "Who is Man?"
A leading Jewish theolgian of the 20th century
When the roving, wandering mind grows still, when fragmented
craving grows still, when the "heart's passions" are rapt in stillness,
then is "the mind's cession of its kingdom," a great letting go as a
deeper dimension of the human person is revealed. From this depth
God is seen to be the ground of both peace and chaos, one with
ourselves and one with all the world, the ground "in whom we
live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).
Excerpted from "Into the Silent Land,"
by Martin Laird
Oxford University Press, 2006
Allow the heart to empty itself of all turmoil!
Retrieve the utter tranquility of the mind
from which you issued.
Although all forms are dynamic,
and we all grow and transform,
each of us is compelled to return to our root.
Our root is quietude.
Excerpted from the "Tao Te Ching,"
by Lao Tzu (6th century BC)
Translated by Ralph Alan Dale
Barnes and Noble, 2002
Solitude is happiness for one who is content,
who has heard the Dhamma and clearly sees.
...and now, The Last Word:
"And in the morning, a great while before day,
(Jesus) rose and went out to a lonely
place, and there he prayed."
Let us therefore live our lives to the fullest, but let
us not forget to once in a while get up long before
dawn to leave the house a go to a lonely place.
Henri J. M Nouwen (1932-1996)
Random Bonus Quote:
If I were to begin life again, I would want it as
it was. I would only open my eyes a little more.
Jules Renard (1864-1910)
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