Thoughts to Ponder

“Who look outside, dreams; Who look inward, awakes.  Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. “

Carl Jung

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.”

The Little Prince

May Christmastime serves as a reminder to allow the Christ (Spirit) that lives within each of us to flow out into our broken world bringing light to pockets of darkness, healing to wounded selves, and blessings filled with peace and joy.”


“Be still and know that I am God.” 

Psalms 46:10

“Learn to pause….or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.”

Doug King 

“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”

Mark Twain

“Silence is a doorway into the heart of reality; to cultivate a silent heart is to discover your deepest truth.”

Nan Merrill

“The only true joy on earth is to escape from the prison of our own fake self and enter by Love into union with the Life who dwells and sings with the essence of every creature and in the core of our own souls.” 

Thomas Merton 

“Helping, fixing, and serving represent the different ways of seeing life.  When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. But when you serve, you see life as whole.”

Rachel Naomi Ramen 

“Don’t let your need to feed your ego starve your soul.”

Martha Beck

“There is a difference between correcting the ego and cultivating the spirit.”


“When you don’t know what to do, lean into the Trust.”

Rose Mary Dougherty, SSND  

“There is nothing so vocal and articulate as silence; all good language, all great words, are born of it.”

John O’Donohue

“In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.” 

Howard Thurman

“Prayer is not sending in an order and expecting it to be fulfilled. Prayer is attuning yourself to the life of the world, to love, the force that moves the sun and the moon and the stars.” 

Br. David Steindl-Rast

“Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.” 

Benjamin Franklin

“To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“In silence and stillness God’s energy will become yours.” 

Wayne Dyer 

“When you give someone a piece of your mind, you lose the peace in your mind.”


“For this joy is close to you, it is in you! None of you has a spirit so heavy nor an intelligence so feeble, none of you is so far from God not to be able to find this joy in God.” 

Meister Eckhart

“Silence is like fertilizer for the soul.”


“With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.”

William Wordsworth

“Happiness is the joy you feel striving toward your potential”

Greek definition of happiness

“You’re never fully dressed without a smile.”

From “Annie The Musical”

“Most people don’t see things as they are.  They see things as they are.”

Fr. Richard Rohr

“If I Trust, I need not rush.”


“Oh Lord, how shining and festive is your gift to us, if only we look and see.”

Mary Oliver

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then is an empty desk a sign of?”

Albert Einstein 

“I’m being held together by a cup of tea.”


“Keep listening moment by moment. That is how you maneuver in the dark.”


Excerpt from the Tale of the WoodCarver

The Woodcarver

Khing, the master carver, made a bell stand Of precious wood. When it was finished, All who saw it were astounded. The said it must be The work of spirits. The Prince of Lu said to the master carver: “What is your secret?”   Khling replied: “I am only a workman: I have no secret. There is only this: When I began to think about the work you commanded I guarded my spirit, did not expend it On trifles, that were no to the point. I fasted in order to set My heart at rest. After three days fasting, I had forgotten gain and success. After five days I had forgotten criticism. After seven days I had forgotten my body With all its limbs.   “By this time all thought of your Highness And of the court had faded away. All that might distract me from the work Had vanished. I was collected in the single thought Of the bell stand… Chuang Tzu

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