TODAY'S THEME: Sacred Idleness
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With thanks to Nan Rae, for permission to use her paintings.

"Crane Lake Ballet," by Nan Rae               All rights reserved

Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.
Then as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.

The Buddha (c. 563 - 483 BC)
From the Sutta Nipata


The yielding overcomes the stiff;
The invisible shines through the visible.
Thus is the activity of inactivity revealed.
Speaking without words, action without doing,
This is given to few...

Without going out, one can be outside.
Without looking out, one can see.
Going far out, hinders the coming in.
The closer one is to the world, the less one sees of it.
Thus is the enlightened one:
He experiences the most distant things without walking.
He realizes without knowing.
He makes perfect, without acting.

Lao-tse (6th century BC)
Chinese philosopher

"Koi," by Nan Rae                       All rights reserved

Work is not always required...there  is such a thing
as sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now
fearfully neglected.

George MacDonald (1824-1905)
Scottish author, poet and Christian minister


Sometimes I consider myself there as a stone before
a carver, whereof he is to make a statue; presenting
myself thus before God, I desire Him to form His perfect
image in my soul, and make me entirely like Himself.

At other times, when I apply myself to prayer, I feel
all my spirit and all my soul life itself up without any
care or effort of mine, and it continues as it were
suspended and firmly fixed in God, as in its
center and place of rest.

I know that some charge this state with inactivity,
delusion, and self-love. I confess that it is a holy
inactivity,a nd would be a happy self-love if the soul
in that state were capable of it, because, in effect,
while she is in this repose, she cannot be disturbed
by such acts as she was formerly accustomed to...

Excerpted from "The Practice of the Presence of God,"
by Brother Lawrence (c. 1614 - 1691)
French Carmelite Lay brother; kitchen worker

"Pomegranite," by Nan Rae          All rights reserved

"How far are you from me, O Fruit?"

"I am hidden in your heart, O Flower."

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Poet; Asia's first Nobel Laureate


Peace is not something you wish for; it's something you make,
something you do, something you are,
and something you give away!

Excerpted from "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,"
by Robert Fulghum

And now, the Last Word:

"Me,Too!," by Nan Rae      All rights reserved

My mind can go in a thousand directions.
Now I walk in peace.
Each step creates a warm breeze.
With each step, a lotus blooms.

Andrew Weiss
From "Beginning Mindfulness,"
New World Library, 2004














































Bonus quote:

God is subtle, but he is not malicious.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)



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The Buddha;
George MacDonald;
Brother Lawrence;
Robert Fulghum;
Andrew Weiss


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