Quintessential Quaker

A quote chosen by a member for discussion each Sunday.


May 31 “Help me to be less fearful of the measure of time, and more alive in the time that simply is. Help me to live in time, not just simply use it; to breathe it in and return it in acts of love and presence.” ~ Avis Crowe, Without Agenda: A Sojourn in South Africa – Pendle Hill pamphlet


May 23 “I believe that if we honour living things other than ourselves –orcas, ravens, wolves, cedars – our attention will remind us that they are holy. To see them clearly is the deepest kind of praise, the deepest kind of love. To wound them and their habitats is to wound ourselves.” ~ Lorna Crozier, The Wild in You, p 6


May 17 “The real work of contemplation is to discover that our normal way of operating – finding our sense of selfhood in differentiation and opposition to those around us ( I am me because I am not you) – is full of “energy Leaks”! As we learn to move away from identifying ourselves as individuals – separate from the whole – we begin to plug those leaks and instead perceive from a new operating system that sees from the whole.” ~ Cynthia Bourgeault, “The Work of Contemplation” in Richard Rohr Daily Meditation, Oct. 20. 2017


May 10 “… I think that those who have lived in nature and tried to open their doors rather than close them on her energies will understand well enough…Life is as much a force in the universe as electricity or gravitational pull, and the presence of life sustains life. Individuals may destroy individuals, but the life force may mingle with the individual life as a billow of fire may mingle for a moment with a candle flame.” Henry Bested, The Outermost House


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