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Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

1 "If you wish to know the Divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand." Buddha

2 "Our lives extend beyond our skins, in radical interdependence with the rest of the world." Joanna Macy

3 "The world is alive and moving toward you with rare epiphanies and wonderful surprises. Remember you are standing on holy ground."

4 "When I touch the flower, I touch my consciousness, your consciousness, and the great planet Earth at the same time….If you really touch one flower deeply, you touch the whole cosmos….When you touch one, you touch many, when you touch many, you touch one….Look more deeply, and you will see yourself as penetrating everywhere, interbeing with everyone and everything." Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, 'Cultivating the Mind of Love'

5 "If I deny the oneness of man, I deny the oneness of God. Therefore I affirm both. Without a belief in human unity, I am hungry and incomplete." Norman Cousins, American editor

6 "I believe in the essential unity of all people and for that matter, of all that lives. Therefore, I believe that if one person gains spiritually, the whole world gains, and if one person falls, the whole world falls to that extent." Mahatma Gandhi

7 "To pray is to take notice of the wonder, to regain a sense of the mystery that animates all beings, the divine margin in all our attainments." Abraham Joshua Heschel, Jewish theologian

8 "We all have, without exception, a very deep longing to give – to give to the earth, to give to others, to give to the society, to work, to love, to care for this earth. That's true for every human being." Jack Kornfield, 'Roots of Buddhist Psychology'

9 "One day when I was sitting quiet and feeling like a motherless child, which I was, it came to me: that feeling of being part of everything, not separate at all….I knew that if I cut a tree, my arm would bleed." Alice Walker, 'The Color Purple'

10 "God is creating the entire universe, fully and totally in the present now." Meister Eckhart, 13th century mystic

11 "The world's sacred poetry, ritual, prayer, and art are filled with images of incarnated divinity, or the eternity that lies in the temporal, or the transpersonal that animates our personal lives." Thomas Moore, introduction

12 "The Great Spirit is the life that is in all things – all creatures and plants and even rocks and the minerals. All things – and I mean all things – have their own will and their own way and their own purpose." Rolling Thunder, Native American elder

13 "The real world…is not a world of isolate things, but of processes in concert." William Bryant Logan, 'Dirt'

14 "We are vessels containing the Holy One."

15 "Take good care of the best that is within you. Self-exploration and personal growth continue throughout our lifetimes and equip us to tend to the needs of others."

16 "Looking deeply at any one thing, we see the whole cosmos. The one is made of the many."

17 "What are things? They are God's love become things. God communicates with us by way of all things. They are messages of love." Ernesto Cardenal, 'Abide in Love'

18 "This is the heart of our humanity – being here, open and giving to others."

19 "In each of us is a seed of understanding. That seed is God." Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist author and activist

20 "No matter what form our job or activity takes, the content is the same as everyone else's: we are here to minister to human hearts. If we talk to anyone, or see anyone, or even think of anyone, then we have the opportunity to bring more love into the universe." Marianne Williamson, 'A Return to Love'

21 "The moving finger of God in human history points ever in the same direction. There must be community." Howard Thurman

22 "Your encounters with others reveal your connection with the Oneness."

23 "Love is the pattern that stitches the universe together."

24 "Life is a sacred adventure. Every day we encounter signs that point to the active presence of Spirit in the world around us."

25 "We are here to awaken from the illusion of separateness." Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist poet

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite