“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”—Thich Nhat Hanh (via samsaranmusing)
“Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.
Amen.”—St. Augustine of Hippo (via a-pilgrims-diary)
“There is only one important point you must keep in your mind and let it be your guide. No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die, this is the truth that we can only face alone. No one can help us. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?”—Shams Tabrizi (via shaktilover)
“One of our core values is, as we proclaim in our Baptismal Covenant, that we will “respect the dignity of every human being.” Any time, in any situation where we treat another as: less than, inferior, or savour possession, —regardless if they are our spouse, child, employee, or anyone else— we are no longer respecting them as a human being or as a child of God.”—The Right Reverend Brian Prior, Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota (via letlovemeetlove)
“Honesty requires courage, and peace requires courage – because honesty and peace are very close together. To be at peace with yourself, you have to be honest with yourself. You have to know what you are like, you have to know what your strengths and weaknesses are, and then you learn to live with yourself, to be at peace with yourself.”—Daw Suu (via meditationsinwonderland)
“What if our religion was each other,
If our practice was our life,
if prayer our words?
What if the temple was the Earth,
if forests were our church,
if holy waters—the rivers, lakes, and oceans.
What if meditation was our relationships,
if the teacher was life,
if wisdom was self-knowledge,
if love was the center of our being.”—Ganga White (via faith-in-humanity)
“All sentient beings, including ourselves, are exactly the same in wanting to be happy and free from suffering. Our concerns are similar, and this allows us to extend ourselves and empathize with others.”—Karmapa (via purpleaggregates)