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May 24, 2017

If I were called upon to state in a few words the essence of everything I was trying to say …, it would be something like this: Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.

May 23, 2017

… something precious is lost if we rush headlong into the details of life without pausing for a moment to pay homage to the mystery of life and the gift of another day.
It need not be much. A prayer whispered quietly, a gentle touching of a plant or flower, a momentary gaze upon a sleeping child, a second’s stillness in the presence of the light.

May 22, 2017

We cannot change the whole world. We cannot make everyone’s situation what we perhaps would like it to be. But if we just try, one life at a time, to show others that there is hope, that others do care, perhaps the world will change around us in ways that we may never see, or truly understand.

May 21, 2017

Perhaps the secret of living well lies not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.

- Rachel Naomi Remen, Kitchen Table Wisdom
May 21 : Rachel Naomi Remen

May 20, 2017

In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds.

- Henri J.M. Nouwen, Bread for the Journey
May 20 : Henri J.M. Nouwen

May 19, 2017

To be joyful in the universe is a brave and reckless act. The courage for joy springs not from the certainty of human experience, but the surprise. Our astonishment at being loved, our bold willingness to love in return – these wonders promise the possibility of joyfulness, now matter how often and how harshly love seems to be lost.

This Month in ISC 201706

This Month in ISC 201706

THIS MONTH IN ISC … June, 2017

Our final month in ISC culminates with a macro view of our development as a species. During this Module we’ve taken a rich journey through relationship – from self-connection, to family, to partnership, to groups – and this month we are looking at the evolution of human history through the lens of Spiral Dynamics theory.

May 17, 2017

In this very breath that we take now lies the secret that all great teachers try to tell us.

- Peter Matthiessen, in Sy Safransky, Paper Lanterns
May 17 : Peter Matthiessen

May 16, 2017

… you can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

- Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
May 16 : Anne Lamott