TODAY'S THEME:The Power of Touch
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'Tis the human touch in this world that counts,
The touch of your hand and mine,
Which means far more to the fainting heart
Than shelter and bread and wine;
For shelter is gone when the night is o'er,
And bread lasts only a day,
But the touch of the hand and the sound of the voice
Sings on in the soul always.

Spencer Michael Free (1856-1938)
American physician and poet

Excerpted from "Bless The Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998


Seek to do brave and lovely things that are left undone
by the majority of people. Give gifts of love and
peace to those whom others pass by.

Paramhansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Indian yogi and guru

The doctor's face hinted that the news was going to be grim the
moment he walked into Mr. Kelsy's room. "I'm sorry. You have
cancer. We really should operate right away."

When the doctor left, Mr. Kelsy stared at the window in silence.
I noticed he was trembling. I was a young nurse, inexperienced
with suffering. I wanted to comfort him, but no words came.
Absently I placed my hand on his shoulder, while rummaging
in my mind for the right words.

He smiled at me. "Thank you," he said.

Thank you? For what? I stared at my hand on his shoulder.
Could one small gesture communicate so much?

I have since learned never to underestimate the remarkable
power of touch.

Excerpted from "Firstlight,"
by Sue Monk Kidd
GuidepostsBooks, 2006


When you touch one, you touch many, and when you touch
many, you touch one. Like Shakyamuni Buddha, you can be
everywhere at the same time. Think of your child or your be-
loved touching you now. Look more deeply, and you will see
yourself as multitudes, penetrating everywhere, interbeing
with everyone and everything.

...Everything is touching everything else. Everything is penetrating
everything else...With deep looking and deep touching, we can
transform this world into the world of Avatamsaka.*

When you emit light, you help people see,
because your light wakes them up.

*Avatamsaka Sutra is a major scripture of East  Asian Buddhism.
One English translation of the title is Flowers Ornament Scripture.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 - )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and prolific author
Excerpted from "Essential Writings,"
Orbis Books, 2004


And now, the Last Word:

What does love look like? It has hands to help
others. It has feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see misery and want. It has ears to
hear the sighs and sorrows of humankind.
That is what love looks like.

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Bishop of Hippo, philosopher, theologian

























Bonus quote:

Unformed people delight in the gaudy and in novelty.
Cooked people delight in the ordinary.

Zen saying


On today's
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Spencer Michael
Sue Monk Kidd;
Thich Nhat Hanh;
of Hippo