Thought for the day, Friday 17th September

“Humanity finds itself in the midst of the world.
In the midst of all other creatures
humanity is the most significant
and yet the most dependent upon the others.
Humanity is small in stature,
but powerful in strength of soul.
With head directed upward,
with feet on firm ground,
humanity can set all things in motion,
things above as well as things below.”
Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179), mystic and polymath, who died on this day

Thought for the day, Thursday 16th September

“The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it. If a mountain is a deity, not a pile of ore; if a forest is a sacred grove, not timber; if other species are biological kin, not resources; or if the planet is our mother, not an opportunity – then we will treat each other with greater respect. Thus is the challenge, to look at the world from a different perspective.”
David Suzuki

Thought for the day, Wednesday 15th September

“There are barriers which divide the righteous and the unrighteous. But we know that each of us is both. There is within us the impulse to be generous, kind, worthy, and decent. And there is within us the impulse to be cruel, mean-spirited, and vengeful. Help us not to see people, ourselves included, as either one thing nor the other, but to recognise that we are all complex and imperfect creatures, and that acknowledging the fullness of our humanity shared with all beings is one way to break down the walls.”
David Usher, quoted in Fragments of Holiness for Daily Reflection

Thought for the day, Tuesday 14th September

“Around us, life bursts forth with miracles—a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere.
Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

Thought for the day, Monday 13th September

“Keep a clear eye toward life’s end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God’s creature. What you are in his sight is what you are and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received, but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.”
St Francis of Assisi (1181 – 1226) who received the wounds of Christ (known as stigmata) on this day in 1224, after a vision praying on Mount Verna

Thought for the day, Saturday 11th September

“There is a common misconception that the good things in life come from being in the right place at the right time. In truth, everything that is good comes from being on the right channel with the right reception. This is what the sages call z’chut—sometimes translated as “merit.” What it really means is a kind of fine-tuning of the soul. How do you fine-tune the soul? You have three knobs: What you do, what you say and what you think. Adjust them carefully for static-clean reception.”
Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

Thought for the day, Friday 10th September

“Love from its very nature must be transitory. To seek for a secret that would render it constant would be as wild a search as for the philosopher’s stone or the grand panacea: and the discovery would be equally useless, or rather pernicious to mankind. The most holy band of society is friendship.”
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 – 1797), Unitarian feminist and writer, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women, who died on this day.

Thought for the day, Thursday 9th September

From War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910), born on this day,

“Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.”

Thought for the day, Wednesday 8th September

Psalm 66 Redux by Carla Grosch-Miller,
“The whole earth sings praise!
Wild wind whips glory,
babbling brook skipping sings,
green fields davening sway.
The smallest ears pick up the tune
that pulses through all things.
Oh God, Maker of all,
let my life move with
the earth songs beneath my feet
and the star songs above my head.
Let my heart jig and caper like a young lamb.
Let my soul sing and sigh and signify.
No corner of the earth is apart from Your power.
Everywhere a woman may roam,
she will see the signs and hear the songs:
Each day a new day.
Each moment an opportunity.
Each step.
each listening step,
a step in hope’s direction.
How may I live my gratitude,
but with humble attention,
with an ear quick to listen,
gaze penetrating to see,
a heart ready to love,
hands eager to bless,
with a mind slow to judge
and probing to discern,
with feet that move
in hope’s direction,
dancing earthstar
songs of praise.
So be it.”