Thought for the day, Wednesday 10th August

“Beneath the physical form of hills and valleys, beneath the rivers and mountains, there is another appearance. It is not only in the minerals, nor in the folded rocks; it is not only in the soil, nor in the trees and plants. Yet somehow in and under and through all these things, the land has another nature: its living soul. As the soul of a person looks out of her eyes and makes her who she is, so too does the soul of the land shine out of its features and give it special qualities.”

Caitlin Matthews

Thought for the day, Monday 8th August

“Out of the loose ends of life we must make a coherent plan of living. We must purify our hearts and simplify our affections, so that God’s grace may flow through us and make our lives fruitful and good. Each of us has some problem of living which weighs heavily on our heart. Usually it is a problem of human relationships: how ought we to deal with this – or that – fellow human being?
We pray for wisdom and patience, justice and kindness – not that we may have a complete answer to our questions, but that we may see before us a way of living.”

Rev. Harry Lismer Short, minister at King Edward Street Chapel, Macclesfield 1939 – 1954, pictured below at a chapel bring and buy

Thought for the day, Sunday 7th August

“I always forget how important the empty days are, how important it may be sometimes not to expect to produce anything, even a few lines in a journal. A day when one has not pushed oneself to the limit seems a damaged, damaging day, a sinful day. Not so! The most valuable thing one can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of a room.”

May Sarton

Thought for the day, Friday 5th August

“When you enter this valley, realize that it has no beginning or end. No other road is like the hidden road there, and one person’s road is not the same as another’s.
Everyone finds the path revealed according to their capacity, and everyone’s progress depends on their state of breath. How could it be otherwise?
Even if a gnat could fly with all its strength, it couldn’t out-race the wind. No two birds fly alike, each finds its own route.
So some go by way of the mosque’s niche. Others by way of idols.
When the sun of knowing shines, everyone receives the light according to their ability. And when that sun shines, the world’s rubbish bin turns into a rose garden. The rind reveals its kernel.
The lover no longer sees any particle of self, only the Beloved.
Wherever one looks, one sees the face of the One, and every atom of life reveals Reality’s presence.”

Fariduddin Attar

Thought for the day, Wednesday 4th August

“Some of you young folks been saying to me, “Hey Pops, what you mean ‘What a wonderful world’? How about all them wars all over the place? You call them wonderful? And how about hunger and pollution? That aint so wonderful either.” Well how about listening to old Pops for a minute. Seems to me, it aint the world that’s so bad but what we’re doin’ to it. And all I’m saying is, see, what a wonderful world it would be if only we’d give it a chance. Love baby, love. That’s the secret, yeah. If lots more of us loved each other, we’d solve lots more problems. And then this world would be a gasser.”

Louis Armstrong

Thought for the day, Wednesday 3rd August

“Reciprocity is in each moment, invisible threads of connection that support and nurture.
Take the simple act of breathing.
We breathe out carbon dioxide, which the trees, plants and seaweeds love and need.
They breathe us in, the very essence that moved through us, holding stories of blood, grief, joy and bone, now moves through them.
Turning our breath into oxygen, they transform what we let go of, into the support we need to survive and thrive.
As we breathe in, the very essence that moved in tree, plant and ocean, holding stories of wildness, salt, earth, roots, tides and growth, now moves in us.
Each breath full of the strength of oak, the tenacity of weed, the magic of foxglove, the depths of sea and the alchemy of earth.”

Brigit Anna McNeill

Thought for the day, Tuesday 2nd August

From Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart by Ram Dass,

“If somebody asks me, “Ram Dass, are you happy?” I stop and look inside. “Yes, I’m happy.” “Ram Dass, are you sad?” “Yes, I’m sad.” Answering those questions, I realize that all of those feelings are present. Imagine the richness of a moment in which everything is present: the pain of a broken heart, the joy of a new mother holding her baby, the exquisiteness of a rose in bloom, the grief of losing a loved one. This moment has all of that. It is just living truth.  

The saving grace is being able to witness suffering from the perspective of the soul. Another way to say it is that the saving grace is having faith. Living in the fullness of the moment with joy and suffering, witnessing it in all its perfection, our hearts still go out to those who are suffering.  

If we live in the moment, we are not in time. If you think, “I’m a retired person. I’ve retired from my role,” you are looking back at your life. It’s retrospective; it’s life in the rearview mirror. If you’re young, you might be thinking, “I have my whole life ahead of me. This is what I’ll do later.” That kind of thinking is called time binding. It causes us to focus on the past or the future and to worry about what comes next.  

Getting caught up in memories of the past or worrying about the future is a form of self-imposed suffering. Either retirement or youth can be seen as moving on, a time for something different, something new. Start fresh. It’s a new moment. Aging is not a culmination. Youth isn’t preparation for later. This isn’t the end of the line or the beginning. Now isn’t a time to look back or plan ahead. It’s time to just be present. The present is timeless. Being in the moment, just being here with what is, is ageless, eternal.”