“I certainly wasn’t happy. Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it. What I was given was the thing you can’t earn, and can’t keep, and often don’t even recognize at the time; I mean joy.”
–Ursula K. Le Guin
“Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them. For such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere, except in the good soil of freedom, spontaneity, and love.”
“Anxiety is the gap between the now and the later.”
“I wanted a perfect ending…Now I’ve learned the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end…[L]ife is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.”
“Using another as a means of satisfaction and security is not love. Love is never security; love is a state in which there is no desire to be secure; it is a state of vulnerability.”
“God is voluptuous and delicious.”
“Think of yourself as a radio. When you are tuned in to your Higher Power (HP), it is like having clear reception on a very powerful frequency. It would be great if we could remain tuned in, but a hectic day in the material world causes the tuning dial to drift away. Before you know it, the clear reception has tuned into static.
We try to tune in to HP again, but it may not be so easy to turn the dial. Those who cannot do it have no choice but to tolerate the static. Their stress level goes up as they expend valuable energy to block out the loud and insistent noise.
To turn the dial, experienced cultivators center themselves. They take slow and deep breaths, knowing that the more frantic you are, the less you are able to find the timeless wavelength of their HP. Their inner tranquility causes the metaphysical tuning mechanism to automatically zero in on the right signal. Suddenly, the spiritual antennae bristle with energy, the noise of the static fades away and the only thing that remains is the voice of your HP.
What do you hear when you tune in to your HP? It may be the soundless melodies of nature’s music. It may be the wordless whispers of ancient wisdom. You can listen to the broadcast, or just let it play in the background as an unobtrusive companion for your happy solitude. Enjoy this gift from your HP in your own way.”