grace

A Quote by Baba Ram Dass on life, love, light, suffering, grace, and lessons

We're being trained through our incarnations--trained to seek love, trained to seek light, trained to see the grace in suffering.

Ram Dass

Contributed by: myster.E

A Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh on peace, blessing, food, eating, gratitude, and grace

Before each meal, we can join our palms in mindfulness and think about the children who do not have enough to eat. Doing so will help us maintain mindfulness of our good fortune, and perhaps one day we will find ways to do something to help change the system of injustice that exists in the world. In many refugee families, before each meal, a child holds up his bowl of rice an says something like this: "Today, on the table, there are many delicious foods. I am grateful to be here with my family enjoying these wonderful dishes. I know there are many children less fortunate, who are very hungry." Being a refugee he knows, for example, that most Thai children never see the kind of fine rice grown in Thailand that he is about to eat. It is difficult to explain to children in the "overdeveloped" nations that not all children in the world have such beautiful and nourishing food. Awareness of this fact alone can help us overcome many of our own psychological pains. Eventually our contemplation can help us see how to assist those who need our help so much.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: Peace Is Every Step : The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Coleman Barks on friend, friendship, enlightenment, kismet, compassion, grace, rumi, and freedom

One of the startling prospects that Rumi and Shams bring to the world of mystical awareness, which turns out to be ordinary consciousness as well, is the suggestion that we "fall in love in such a way that it frees us from any connecting." what that means is that we become friendship. "When living itself becomes the Friend, lovers disappear." That is, a human being can become a field of love (compassion, generosity, playfulness), rather than being identified with any particular synapse of lover and beloved. The love-ache widens to a plain of longing at the core of everything: the absence-presence center of awareness. Rumi went in search of the missing Shams. The story is that he was on a street in Damascus when the realization came that he *was* their Friendship. No separation, no union, just he was that at the silent core. I'd have to say that's the *baraka* (a blessing, the particular grace of taking in presence), the mystery of the ecstatic life.

Coleman Barks

Source: The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems

Contributed by: Laurie

A Quote by Relient K on grace

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The beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair.

Relient K

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Anne Lamott on grace

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"I do not understand the mystery of grace--only that it meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us."

Anne Lamott

Contributed by: Yoga Fool

A Quote by Ramana Maharshi on grace, god, seeking, and ramana maharshi

“If you seek the grace of God with your whole heart,
Then you may be assured that the grace of god
is also seeking you.”

Sri Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi

Source: Sir Ramana Maharshi

Contributed by: Miles

A Quote by Daphne Rose Kingma on generosity, grace, gracious, kind, give, giving, healed, and healing

Since we remember that we are really all part of one great soul, we can see our beloved as ourselves, and know that we can give without end, without harm. And we know we can give everything. We can give not only our material possessions but our words, our bodies, our insights, our time, our money, our empathy, our listening, and our compassion.

My own parents, married forty-seven years, always called one another "Dearie".  
"Dearie," one of them would call out. "What is it, Dearie?" the other would always respond, as if to say, Whatever you need, I will give it to you, whatever you ask, I will do it gladly. The antiphony of their "Dearies" was a sweet music that punctuated my young life. To me it meant that they saw one another as equal in spirit, and that in that great love they were always willing to serve one another. They called each other "Dearie" to their dying day.

Generosity is circle that returns unto itself. The more we give, the more we have. And in that state of generosity, willing spiritual sharing, we ourselves are healed.  For when are generous, we can see the vast abundance that is also there for us. This is true generosity because no one is excluded. We are drawn together, united by it. Through it we have a taste of union. It grants us ease and gives us the grace of knowing that life is more than an endless struggle. Indeed it is gracious, generous, and kind.

Daphne Rose Kingma

Source: The Future of Love, Pages: 173..174

Contributed by: Kundan

A Quote by Terry Tempest Williams on wilderness, awakening, silence, stillness, grace, and divinity

“To protect what is wild is to protect what is gentle. Perhaps the wilderness we fear is the pause within our own heartbeats, the silent space that says we live only by grace. Wilderness lives by this same grace.

Terry Williams

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A Quote by Chad Christopher Cobb on sea of milk, chad christopher cobb, ttrinity, wisdom, spiritual novel, eternal, infinite, revelation, creation, life, ignorance, boundless, existence, divine, masterpiece, light, love, joy, inspiration, glory, grace, a

She was he and he was she. She was his masterpiece of light, the masterpiece with all its sheets of paper securely in place. She was his laugh and smile and serene face within the violent one, the freedom soaring in its imprisonment. She was one. She was all. She was the material embodiment of the boundless and limitless spiritual existence. She was divine, a divinity sharing itself, giving of itself, knowing itself. She was the cosmic swirls, was sweet innocence, was the softly spoken words of eternal and infinite revelations of creation, the womb of life. She was ignorance restored in all its abundant glory. Trinity was wisdom.
~ Chad Christopher Cobb, "The Sea of Milk" ~

Chad Christopher Cobb

Source: The Sea of Milk, Pages: 150

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Zen Buddhism on zen, buddha, buddhism, love, play, mind, body, excellence, grace, work, working, and playing

The person who is a master in the art of living makes little distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure, their mind and their body, their education and their recreation, their love and their religion.  They hardly know which is which. They simply pursue their vision of excellence and grace in whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them, they are always doing both.

Zen Buddhism

Contributed by: Tracy Phaup

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