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

1 "It feels as if everyone who acts compassionately, works to raise consciousness, to save the planet, to make a difference in some significant way is linked to everyone else who also does." Jean Shinoda Bolen, 'Crossing to Avalon'

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

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

4 "I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world." Mother Teresa

5 "Treat everyone you meet just like you would if you just had your breath taken away by the most beautiful person in the world. Treat each situation in the day as though you were head-over-heels in love." Scout Cloud Lee, Native American elder

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 "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

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

9 "All the inhabitants of the world – the trees, flowers, fields, streams, hills, rocks, dolphins, bears, birds, and babies – are our relations, as Native Americans express it."

10 "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'

11 "Accept the mystery of being loved by the Divine Magnet."

12 "I propose we fall in love several times a day for the rest of our lives. You could fall in love with the galaxies – there are one trillion out there!....You could fall in love with fish and plants, animals, and birds, and with people, especially those who are different from us." Matthew Fox

13 "Accept that you are a child of God. Sing your own song with gusto. Fulfill your mission as a copartner with the Holy One in the unfolding drama of the universe."

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

15 "Anything can become a disclosure of grace. We experience intimations of the divine in a lover's embrace, a rainbow, a baby's smile, a bird's flight overhead, a friend's forgiveness, a dolphin's leap, or the selfless service of a volunteer."

16 "Let Spirit flow through you in little acts of kindness, brief words of encouragement, and manifold expressions of courtesy. These deeds will add to the planet's fund of good will."

17 "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

18 "We are embedded in communities, circles within circles of communities, both small and large, focused and abstract. Holding up the ideal of unity, we strive to break down the walls which separate us from others – not only other nations and peoples, but other species and the natural world."

19 "Everything in life is speaking, is audible, is communicating, in spite of apparent silence." Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi teacher, musician and poet

20 "Everything is multiplicity within unity….In the image of God who created them, all beings are at once one and many from the galaxy to the electron." Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan poet and priest, 'Abide in Love'

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

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

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

24 "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'

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite