We take in the world as we experience it. When we do so fully, we can live up to Rumi’s inspirational quote in this post.
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Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor. . . Hayatı herşeyin senin arzun istikametinde oluyormuş gibi yaşa ― Jalaluddin Rumi.
Rumi is a wonderful source of what makes people and the world who and what they are. Faith, love, and friendship are essential elements of being human.
It is the duty of the believing human being to love people, to love good for them, and to love to benefit them. This is a sign of faith in the human being.
You will not enter paradise until you have faith. and you will not complete your faith until you love one another.
Birbirinizi sevmedikçe iman etmiş olamazsınız ve iman etmedikçe cennete giremezsiniz.
(Holy Prophet Muhummad – peace be upon him)
Friendship is a living thing that lasts only as long as it is nourished with kindness, empathy and understanding.
May Allah swt bless us with His Love, Mercy and forgiveness.
I enjoy walking in labyrinthes and meditating or just sitting beside them and meditating. This wonderful photo and comment is accompanied by a poem by Thich Nhat Hanh. His work is compelling as he writes in ways that make his deep spirituality understandable. There is a gentleness in the words.
I came across this Labyrinth recently and practiced walking meditation. Although walking meditations can be done anywhere, a labyrinth reflects wholeness, balance and coming back to oneself. Labyrinths invite a person to practice taking steps with gentle awareness.
Walking Meditation by Thich Nhat Hahn
Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.
Then we learn
that there is no peace walk;
that peace is the walk;
that there is no happiness walk;
that happiness is the walk.
We walk for ourselves.
We walk for everyone
always hand in hand.
Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom under our feet.
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Here are quotes from some favourite authors. We read Jane Austen as part of our undergrad English class and The Great Gatsby in high school.
1. So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible. -NORTON JUSTER, The Phantom Tollbooth
2. I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life. -F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, The Great Gatsby
3. There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature. -JANE AUSTEN, Northanger Abbey
4. Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life? -PAULO COELHO, Eleven Minutes
5. At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale…
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To sit and meditate, is to pray and study one’s self. It is exploring what lies beneath the surface that we take-for-granted. Once we see what lies beneath the surface, we have the opporunity to embrace it and understand it more fully.
“We are so unused to emotion
that we mistake any depth of feeling for sadness,
any sense of the unknown for fear,
and any sense of peace, for boredom.
We are so schooled away from the life below, that anything beneath scares us.”
~ Mark Nepo from “The Book of Awakening”
It’s a scary place to start to look at ourselves beneath the surface. To face who we are when no one is looking.
We are afraid of what we might find and the depth of our feeling. Yet this is the place where the heart can truly open to all the experiences and feelings that have been denied.
I like how Mark Nepo reflects, “When we bring up what we keep inside, it is sacred and scary, and the rest of us don’t know if we want to touch it or not, like reaching from a ladder into a nest…
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This is another post with several Paulo Coehlo quotes, most of which are from his first book The Alchemist.
Paulo Coelho is one of my favorites authors. I have read almost all of his book and, his best-seller “The Alchemist” more than once. Yesterday, my 6-year-old son declared that he knew all his books by heart and he wanted to hear something different before his sleep. So, he chose randomly a book from my library and it was “The Alchemist“. Fortunately, the beginning of the book doesn’t differ from a fairy tale about a shepherd who wants to travel all over the world with his herd of sheep. After a couple of pages, my son had slept, but this incident reminded me how many beautiful and inspiring quotes has Paulo Coelho.
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I do not read a lot of fiction, but Paulo Coehlo is one author I do read. He has a way with words that is poetic, even in prose. This quote reminded me of Elisabeth’s poem Imperfection where I find perfection in my imperfection.
“Warriors of light are not perfect.
Their beauty lies in accepting this fact
and still desiring to grow and to learn.”
~ Paulo Coelho
Text & image source: Earthschool Harmony https://web.facebook.com/SpiritualQuotesandSoulfood/