The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.
When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
 
 
ON A DAY WHEN THE WIND IS PERFECT

On a day when the wind is perfect,
the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty.
Today is such a day.

My eyes are like the sun that makes promises;
the promise of life that it always keeps each morning.

The living heart gives to us as does that luminous sphere,
both caress the earth with great tenderness.
This is a breeze that can enter the soul.

This love I know plays a drum. Arms move around me;
who can contain their self before my beauty?

Peace is wonderful,
but ecstatic dance is more fun, and less narcissistic; 
gregarious He makes our lips.

On a day when the wind is perfect, 
the sail just needs to open and the love starts.
Today is such a day.
~ Rumi 
 
 
A HUMAN BEING is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us... 

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. -- Albert Einstein 
 
 

“Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.”
- Teresa of Avila
 
 
“Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. 
Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others 
to a place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. 
But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering. 
What we desire most is to do away with suffering 
by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it.” 
-- Fr.Henri J.M. Nouwen