Paul Rezendes. There I go: that bald man, this angry child, that fearful cat, that cool stone, that bubbling brook, that worm struggling for its life, that bird desperate to feed her hungry babies, that one trapped in his rage, this one anxious but fearful of finding out why. Hardly strangers! Empathy is the life of the soul, I think, because the soul that allows us to see the one in the other is the soul that finds joy.
Claudia Michele. The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there? Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity.
We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh. Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Herman Hesse. Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. Saint Francis de Sales. Other people do not have to change for us to experience peace of mind. Gerald Jampolsky. Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. Mahatma Gandhi. Inner peace is found by facing life squarely, solving its problems, and delving as far beneath its surface as possible to discover its verities and realities.
If peace is our single aim in all we do, we will always know what to do because we will do whatever will protect and deepen our peace. Every time we experience a single day of inner stillness and joy, we are empowered to expand it into a second and a third day. A space opens in our hearts, and when two hearts recognize and acknowledge each other, a connection happens. It happens again and again as other hearts are joined in this stillness. LaUna Huffines.
We need silence to be alone with God, to speak to him, to listen to him, to ponder his words deep in our hearts. We need to be alone with God in silence to be renewed and transformed. Silence gives us a new outlook on life. In it we are filled with the energy of God himself that makes us do all things with joy. Mother Teresa. True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. William Penn. Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere--in the closing of a door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, in the animals.
To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter the desert of our loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude. Henri Nouwen. To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars One might think the atmosphere was made transparent Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Prayer is Love's tender dialogue Between the soul and God. John Richard Moreland. Prayer at its highest is a two-way conversation--and for me the most important part is listening to God's replies. Frank C. Prayer is the most powerful form of energy one can generate It supplies us with a flow of sustaining power in our daily lives. Alexis Carrel. They who have steeped their souls in prayer Can every anguish calmly bear. Richard Monckton Milnes. When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words than thy words without heart.
John Bunyan. He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Become aware of God, in whose presence you are while you pray. Then take a formula of prayer and recite it with perfect attention both to the words you are saying and to the Person to whom you are saying them. Saint John Climacus. One of the most powerful ways to pray, and a method used throughout the world, is the repetition of the name God. Krishan Chopra.
Using an inspirational passage Whatever we drive deep into consciousness, that we become I usually recommend the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi:. Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life. Eknath Easwaran.
I just saw one of your vlogs with kris carr and crazy sexy kitchen and you said that you love to cook. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you learn perfect patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion. Thank You for your teachings. Hopefully, YouTube gets better with this soon so I can fully comprehend and apply what you are saying. But His. He is the supreme Good. Thank you so much from my heart.
Meditation is to be aware of what is going on - in our bodies, in our feelings, in our minds, and in the world. Each day Yet the sunrise is beautiful, and the rose that bloomed this morning along the wall is a miracle. Life is both dreadful and wonderful. To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects. Please do not think we must be solemn in order to meditate. In fact, to meditate well, we have to smile a lot. When one devotes oneself to meditation, mental burdens, unnecessary worries, and wandering thoughts drop off one by one; life seems to run smoothly and pleasantly.
A student may now depend on intuition to make decisions. As one acts on intuition, second thought, with its dualism, doubt and hesitation, does not arise. Nyogen Senzaki.
Looking deeply at life as it is in this very moment, the meditator dwells in stability and freedom. Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end. People seek out retreats for themselves in the country, at the seaside, on the mountains Make use then of this retirement continually and regenerate thyself. Marcus Aurelius. You don't have to experience this only in church, you do this at home, in the car, or vacuuming.
No matter where you are, praise can be offered. When you come to God, approach Him with thanksgivings and gratitude. Not only does this strengthen the relationship, but it helps to get the mind to focus somewhere else. What happens is you become less stressed. Many people don't realize that worshiping is a powerful force and one that can move mountains and ease heartache. Giving up a meal or sweets to fast is helpful in getting more into God's presence.
We deny ourselves so we can a have deeper relationship with Him. We don't do it to prove our love for Him--we do it as an act of praise and worship. Think of it as a soul cleaning and think of fasting as having a spiritual and body connection. Fasting gives a more sensitive ear to God's voice. Guideposts reported that fasting is a "soul detox" as well it being a great way to renew the body and the mind.
By focusing on God and not food, fasting will also empower you to focus on God. Finally, be a doer of the Word, not just a hearer. Get a hold of Scripture, study it, and live it in your life. The Word is extremely powerful. Find renewed hope in His Word. For example, if you are struggling with sin or temptation, you may find comfort in 2 Cor , which explained we are strong in our weaknesses. No matter where you are right now in your Christian journey, remember it takes time to grow and mature in the Lord. When you are proactive, and have a plan to get to know Him--the target is established.
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From time to time you will also receive Special Offers from our partners. Beliefnet Columnists. Beliefnet Beliefnet is a lifestyle website providing feature editorial content around the topics of inspiration, spirituality, health, wellness, love and family, news and entertainment. Is the glory the same as His presence? And is the glory the presence of the Holy Spirit? Do they mean that the Holy Spirit fills their churches tangibly? Do they mean God fills them with His Holy Spirit? The word glory appears frequently in the Bible . Moses spoke face to face with God, being in His presence.
It often speaks about the glory and presence at the same time. As the glory cloud descended, Moses would come into the presence of the Lord and speak with Him.
There is only one passage, where we see the Holy Spirit mentioned specifically together with the glory, which is in Ezekiel The Glory and the Presence. In Numbers , the Lord says, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth. The seraphs in Isaiah cry out: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.
God is omnipresent, His glory filling the whole universe. But the personal knowledge of that fact and the experience of that presence is what finally really counts. The latter concurs with Jewish thought as seen in the Talmud:. God made a covenant with the people of Israel, wanting them to be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation Exodus He made His presence visible for them by manifesting Himself in fire, smoke and a cloud, and speaking to them from the fire, through thunder and lightning. His glory was always before them, yet they were afraid and rejected it:.
Today we have seen that a man can live even if God speaks with him. But now, why should we die? This great fire will consume us, and we will die if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any longer. For what mortal man has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived? Go near and listen to all that the Lord our God says.