Quote of the Month

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December, 2009

This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
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November, 2009

Power without love becomes brutal; love without power is insipid and weak.
Robert A. Johnson, Owning Your Own Shadow
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October, 2009

The joy of life consists in the exercise of one's energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience.
Aleister Crowley
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September, 2009

The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along.
Rumi

You are beautiful and Your face is adorned with a soft smile.
Supreme one, Your heart melts with compassion. Auspicious one, Your body is umblemished and You are a treasure house of sympathy. I meditate on You.
translation of the Indian devotional song Bhavani Bhagyavidhatri

Stephen's Comment
Rumi is a famous Sufi poet who lived in Persia in the 13th Century.
He applies the analogy of romantic and sexual love to that of his relationship with the Divine.
The lover within is your very own Self, which is one with God and the Spirit of all life.
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August, 2009

Each of us has the power to be God or a demon.
Both qualities are within us: love and anger. Our nature will be determined by which of these qualities we choose to nourish. So we need to cultivate good thoughts, free from any spirit of anger, and a clear mind, free from conflict.
Ammachi, The Eternal Truth
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July, 2009

All growth is gradual, and it is only through slow and gradual stages that man truly begins to 'grow up' and discover his true Self, and to relinquish the childish playthings of hate, greed and anger through selfless service and love.
Meher Baba

True love is unconquerable and irresistible. It goes on gathering power and spreading until eventually it transforms everyone it touches.
Meher Baba
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June, 2009

Empty your mind of all thoughts, let your heart be at peace.
Lao Tzu

Stephen's Comment
Meditation starts with relaxation, comfort and vitality in the body, then progresses to coming to peace emotionally and emptying the mind.
Once this has been achieved - even partially, even momentarily - something truly miraculous and transformative is experienced!
'What is experienced?' you ask. Practice and see for yourself!

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May, 2009

The essence of all religions is love, compassion, and tolerance. Kindness is my true religion.
The Dalai Lama
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April, 2009

Nature shows the way for all who have eyes to see.
Paul Tisdell

Stephen's Comment
The wise have always withdrawn into the wilderness in order to connect deeply with themselves and with the Divine. Even in the city, the Goddess (nature) is present for those who love her.
Take a walk down the beach, watch the clouds, sit under a tree, watch an ant at work...
If you take a few minutes to stop and connect with yourself and nature, you will discover your Way back to peace, happiness and wellbeing is already here right now.
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March, 2009

Real love arises from stillness of the mind.
Ammachi
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February, 2009

Have regular times for your practices. The mind is easily trained by practices at regular times. It will adapt to the rhythm you set.
Paul Tisdell, The Law of Adaptation
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January, 2009

Rejoice, children of the Earth, with the promise of each dawn. For within the cycles of each day we may achieve the promise of the Dawn.
Paul Tisdell, The Oracle
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