Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
As Albert Einstein said, "A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." Science and beauty are lovers, not strangers, in nature.
Nancy Rynes explained thus: "While Earth has a physical presence and a history of its own, it is also the place we've been given for our life as humans, as well as for those who will come after us. It's here for us to live, play in life, experience love, and share in a deeper spiritual connection. We are intimately connected with all of nature; it gives us life. To mistreat it is, in the end, to mistreat ourselves."
Nancy Rynes further said: "We can learn how to truly live in harmony with our planet. We can learn to love, respect and be truly grateful for the gift of life in this wonderful world. Earth is an expression of spiritual love in physical form. It nourishes our souls through its beautiful vistas; it gives us shelter, a place to call home. We can't live without it. Earth is a miracle."
Our lives have seasons too and we adapt or suffer the consequences. So we do best to accept what we can't change while taking responsibility for what we can. Once we understand the nature of life, everything changes. Can a roller-coaster ride be exciting without steep falls and sharp twists and turns?
It is our decision whether we focus on the positive or the negative. But when we raise our arms aloft at the mountain top, or tread through the luxuriance of a forest, or paddle serenely in the middle of a large lake, or gaze upwards in the still of night at the Milky Way, we feel God by our side and it becomes so much easier to take the positive approach.
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
Those who seek the frontiers of their creativity and who strive to reach higher levels of consciousness and wisdom, were described by Maslow as 'self-realizing' individuals. He described a hierarchy of human needs in which our basic survival is the first priority, and the needs concerned with our highest potential follow on when other needs have been met. Continues
We are in the moment like the wind. Everything is "now" - it changes all the time like the wind. The wind blows all the time - from a gentle murmur of a breeze to a hurricane. Sometimes it is a cool gentle breeze; other times it is a strong wind; yet other times it is a whirlwind; or it becomes a storm and perhaps a hurricane; between them it is movement and in the center is always moments of stillness. Continues
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