hardened — shallow — worried
which shall we be?
Tao Te Chingfrom verse 27
a knower of the Truth
travels without leaving a trace
speaks without causing harm
gives without keeping an account
the ZahirPaulo Coelho
leave in the past those moments in life that are over
the source of malice, strife, lies, arrogance
the source of all that is pure, loving, peaceful, true
which one are you closer to?
The Pleasure of My CompanySteve Martin
i’d taken their IQ test, but my score came back missing a digit
i ❣️ this book
do not fret — it leads only to evil
perfection can lead to
which can lead to
ELIXIRT. Davis Bunn
god’s path is called the narrow way.
not because it is more difficult,
but because it is restricted.
had a + in between the two but the thought i want to convey is the distance between the two, so i deleted the + and added the . 🤓
the secret lives of Princesses *Philippe Lechermeier
The Princess of the Sands
She bathes in oases,
knows the names of every stone and star,
and wears a veil as protection from the storms.
She grows desert roses.
be clear-minded and self-controlled
so that you can pray
i love this because i often struggle to focus, and this phrase seems so simple and clear itself:
clarity and control so that i can pray — not try to figure this or do that or whatever.
swipe away the cobwebs
i find it the best way to be free
not just feel free
we turn in much more often than out
we deem it safer that way
everyone prays in the end
Tao Te Chingfrom verse 37
when there is silence one finds
the anchor of the universe
a timeless place
hmm, why does that seem inviting?
seek me and live **
how bent are you,
instead of being divinely pure?
The Abolition of ManCS Lewis
stepping outside the Tao, they have stepped into the void
nothing is beneath you,
but either equal or above you
The Rose FamilyRobert Frost
the rose is a rose, and was always a rose.
but the theory now goes that the apple’s a rose, and the pear is, and so’s the plum, I suppose.
the dear only knows what will next prove a rose.
you, of course, are a rose — but were always a rose.
abide in me, and i will abide in you
open your hands so you may receive
if i could actually put down
all the feelings
i carry in my chest,
i would have to explode first …
* as i noted previously on oct 26th week: this is one of the coolest books i have ever purchased — it was for our granddaughter but i liked it too much and kept it. have not been able to find another!
** Looking for an image of seeking + searching, i stumbled upon:
what you seek is seeking you (RUMI)
and when I looked for its origin, I came upon:
Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
Then I saw so much more that now I want to read him, so I added him to the list of books I want. See how easily one can get lost in a rabbit hole? I am unable to verify he wrote that first quote, and, if so, where? I will credit appropriately once I find out.