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FLICKR ALBUM: Spirituality

Everything in nature has a soul.
- Sami Proverb

Where do the souls of unrealized dreams go?
- Poi Dog Pondering

Here's the church and here's the steeple. Open the door and see all the people.
- English rhyme

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.
- Julian of Norwich

The late E.F. Schumacher believed that there are two places to find wisdom: in nature and in religious traditions. To seek wisdom in nature we should obviously go to those who have loved nature enough to study it. Because science explores nature it can be a powerful source of wisdom. In just about every culture imaginable, religion and science were teammates who offered to the people a cosmic myth that allowed them to live out their lives with meaning.
- Matthew Fox, Original Blessing

We are the sermon.
- St. Francis

Don't hide your light under a bushel.
- Jesus, Sermon on the Mount

God is too big for just one religion.
- Michael Franti and Spearhead, Yell Fire

Knowledge is not the conformity of the mind to the given but an immersion in the process of transformation and construction of a new world.
- Gustavo Gutierrez

God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by a process of subtraction.
- Meister Eckhart

To seek God by rituals is to get the ritual and lose God in the process, for he hides behind it.
- Meister Eckhart

Nothing can cure the soul, but the senses. Just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
- Oscar Wilde

God calls you to the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.
- Frederick Buechner

Unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.
- Kurt Vonnegut

The voice of the people is the voice of God. (Vox Populi, Vox Dei)
- Alcuin

These prayers are the constant road across the wilderness. These prayers are the memory of god.
- Paul Simon

In every corner of my soul there is an altar to a different god.
- Fernando Pessoa

The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap.
- Novalis, quoted in News of the Universe

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
Meister Eckhart

God loves the soul so deeply that were anyone to take away from God the divine love of the soul, that person would kill God.
Meister Eckhart

The messiah will come when he is no longer needed.
- Franz Kafka

I owe my soul to each fork in the road, each misleading sign.
- Poi Dog Pondering, Thanksgiving

I have faith in how things seem to start again.
- Poi Dog Pondering, Fruitless

Often our trust is not full. We are not certain that God hears us because we consider ourselves worthless and as nothing. This is ridiculous and the very cause of our weakness.
- Julian of Norwich

Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything.
- Virgin of Guadalupe to Juan Diego

Everytime you lie, you lose a piece of your soul.
- Poi Dog Pondering, I've got my body

When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing - nothing.
Saint Francis of Assisi

By burning Luther's books you may rid your bookshelves of him, but you will not rid men's minds of him.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Dying trees still grow greener when you pray.
- Bruce Cockburn

It is a weakening and discoloring idea that rustic people knew God once upon a time, but that it is too late for us. In fact, the absolute is available to everyone in every age. There never was a more holy age than ours, and never a less.
- Anne Dillard, cited by Rob Brezsny, Secrets of Pronoia (PDF)


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