Three More Quotes: Two Monks and a Poet

Love beads“Today, more than ever, we need to recognize that the gift of solitude is not ordered to the acquisition of strange contemplative  powers, but, first of all, to the recovery of one’s deep self, and to the renewal of an authenticity which is presently twisted out of shape by the pretentious routines of a disordered togetherness.”
Thomas Merton
‘Contemplation in a World of Action’Banksia

” Our enemy is not the other person, no matter what he or she has done. If we look deeply into ourselves, we can see that their act was a manifestation of our collective consciousness. We are all filled with violence, hatred and fear, so why blame someone whose upbringing was without love or understanding?”
Thich Nhat HanhPeace Love Empathy

“We dance round in a ring and suppose
But the secret sits in the middle , and knows.”
Robert Frost

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Because Peace Love Empathy (understanding) are much of what make life livable and worth the effort.

Maybe that’s the secret…

And it’s good to spend time alone, “navel-gazing”, if you like, because it we don’t understand ourselves, what hope have we of understanding anyone else?DSCF5887