Your Own Way

“I am your own way of looking at things,” she said. “When you allow me to live with you, every glance at the world around you will be a sort of salvation.” William Stafford, from When I Met My Muse

Unsayable

Things are not nearly so comprehensible and sayable as we are generally made to believe. Most experiences are unsayable; they come to fullness in a realm that words do not inhabit. ~ Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet A Year With Rilke, February 6th

Whatever We Do

Whatever we do, we should never think it is irrelevant; whatever we do, we should not conclude it is so important either. Between those two poles find your balance; between those two regions your talents will bloom. ~ Hafiz, January 23 in ‘A Year with Hafiz’

Fragment by Fragment

There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic. ~ Anais Nin

Everything Matters

The tasks that have been entrusted to us are often difficult. Almost everything that matters is difficult, and everything matters. ~ Rilke

Rilke on Praise

Let us disappear into praising. Nothing belongs to us. ~ Rilke, Uncollected Poems (from January 10, A Year with Rilke)

6 Quotes on Attention

Although beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, the feeling of being beautiful exists solely in the mind of the beheld ~ Martha Beck Take time to see the quiet miracles that seek no attention ~ John O’ Donohue by listening with the same bowed head that sings draw all things into one […]