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The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion
Wayne Teasdale
In this book, Teasdale provides a powerful look at spiritual wisdom, filled with quotations from all the great mystics and spiritual traditions.

1 "Our individual natures are manifestations of the unfolding movement of the yin and yang principles, which in turn encompass and represent every opposite that exists. Yang represents light; yin dark. Yang represents male; yin female. Each opposite produces the other, and in their entirety they encompass the Tao, or the Way."

2 "Christians, and those who simply admire Christ's teachings, are fortunate to have such a personal example of love to follow. Each one of us is capable of this commitment."

3 "Kindness…is an eternal absolute. It is the bond connecting all beings in the great web of interdependence in which we all participate and by which we are sustained."

4 "When one person heals, the rest of the world is deeply affected. We don't heal alone." Diane Cirincione, author

5 "The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens." Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i tradition

6 "Trials, difficulties, and challenges bring us to our senses about our lives. They can serve as vehicles of realization, helping us to understand why we are here and how necessary the spiritual journey is for us. They awaken us to the serious purpose of life and inspire us not to waste this opportunity on a halfhearted existence."

7 "In truth, our inner sensitivity is grounded in a caring heart, or the good heart, as the Tibetans say. All of us share this deeper nature….This inner essence is our gift to one another. It is part of the Divine's presence in us."

8 "The Divine is the knower in all of us, and we have to align ourselves with it."

9 "Sometimes the right sentence will open us to experiences and world-views we never imagined before. They might appear just when we need them, giving us guidance, courage, vision, and inspiration. They are seeds of wisdom that can provide direction, change, or even a course for transformation."

10 "If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration, but timelessnes, eternal life is theirs who live in the present." Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher

11 "Before the Unconditioned, the conditioned dances: 'Thou and I are one!' this trumpet proclaims." Kabir

12 "Optimism is a choice. A future can be built on optimism but not on its opposite."

13 "The inner reality, core focus, commitment, and intention of God is love itself."

14 "Are you in touch with your heart's vast nature? If not, find the way there. You are not far from yourself."

15 "To love is to think, speak, and act according to the spititual knowledge that we are infinitely loved by God and called to make that love visible in the world." Henri Nouwen

16 "Your trials did not come to punish you, but to awaken you." Paramahansa Yogananda

17 "All things, including us – especially us – are within God's consciousness. Nothing exists outside this all-encompassing awareness. We exist in God; we move, grow, understand, and act within Divine Awareness. This insight is radical and powerful. It grants us perspective, the strength to follow the course of our lives in its ultimacy."

18 "We can choose to use our lives for others to bring about a better and more just world for our children." Cesar Chavez, Mexican-American activist

19 "Love calls to us in the homeless, the hungry, the stranger, the prisoner, and the abandoned child, the forgotten elderly, the ill and the dying, the unloved and unwanted. Do you hear its call?"

20 "Be a blazing fire of truth, be a beauteous blossom of love, and be a soothing balm of peace." Sufi saying

21 "Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things." Thomas Merton

22 "Our souls are interconnected with every other soul in the divine reality."

23 "The spiritual journey is not to a place, but to the ultimate reality of Divine Consciousness. There is thus no distance involved in the inner sojourn. The spiritual journey is a process that reveals the end, the destination, the goal that is essentially changeless: union with God. And each one of us is a member of the Divine Family."

24 "In each situation we are immersed in his peace because God is our permanence, our coherence, our future. We are united to that reality which does not pass away."

25 "There is no place we can look or be that we will not find God, if only we recognize what we are seeing."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite