Thought for the day, Wednesday 28th July

On this day in 1586 Sir Thomas Harriot introduced potatoes to Europe on his return to England from America.Prayer and Potatoes by Tim Sandles,“An old lady sat in her old arm-chairWith wrinkled visage and dishevelled hairAnd hunger-worn features;For a few days and for weeks her only fare,As she sat there in her old arm-chair,Had beenContinue reading “Thought for the day, Wednesday 28th July”

Thought for the day, Tuesday 27th July

“The mixture of sorrow and joy is so powerful that we cannot figure out how to handle it all, let alone assess how our fellow spiritual seekers are doing. The diversity of feelings can be overwhelming… In those moments when we sense the presence of God we surrender to him, truly willing to be withContinue reading “Thought for the day, Tuesday 27th July”

Thought for the day, Monday 26th July

“It happens to those who live alonethat they feel sure of visitorswhen no one else is there,until the one dayand the one particular hourworking in the quiet garden,when they realize at oncethat all alongthey have been an invitationto everythingand every kind of troubleand that life happens byto those who inhabit silencelike the bees visiting theContinue reading “Thought for the day, Monday 26th July”

Thought for the day, Sunday 25th July

“A rabbi asked his students, “How do you know that night has ended and the day is returning?” One student answered, “Is it when you see an animal in the distance and can tell whether it is a sheep or a dog?” “No,” the rabbi replied. Another student asked, “Is it when you look atContinue reading “Thought for the day, Sunday 25th July”

Thought for the day, Saturday 24th July

“The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifestingContinue reading “Thought for the day, Saturday 24th July”

Thought for the day, Friday 23rd July

“Ironic, but one of the most intimate actsof our body isdeath.So beautiful appeared my death – knowing who then I would kiss,I died a thousand times before I died.“Die before you die,” said the ProphetMuhammad.Have wings that feared evertouched the Sun?I was born when all I oncefeared – I couldlove.”Rabia al-Basri (c.717 – 801), SufiContinue reading “Thought for the day, Friday 23rd July”

Thought for the day, Thursday 22nd July

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;where knowledge is free;where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;where words come out from the depth of truth;where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;where the clear stream of reason has not lost its wayinto the drearyContinue reading “Thought for the day, Thursday 22nd July”

Thought for the day, Wednesday 21st July

“When I open my eyes to the outer world, I feel myself as a drop in the sea. But when I close my eyes and look within, I see the whole universe as a bubble raised in the ocean of my heart.”Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882 – 1927), teacher of Universal Sufism, quoted in Fragments ofContinue reading “Thought for the day, Wednesday 21st July”

Thought for the day, Tuesday 20th July

“These are a few of my favourite life lessons that I learned as a result of walking on the Moon and the preparation that took us there—the guiding principles that have helped keep me going since returning to Earth. • The sky is not the limit … there are footprints on the Moon! • KeepContinue reading “Thought for the day, Tuesday 20th July”

Thought for the day, Monday 19th July

“We do not ask for what useful purpose the birds do sing, for song is their pleasure since they were created for singing. Similarly, we ought not to ask why the human mind troubles to fathom the secrets of the heavens. The diversity of the phenomena of Nature is so great, and the treasures hiddenContinue reading “Thought for the day, Monday 19th July”