Lotus BlossomQuotations


And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

You can't stop the waves but you can learn to surf. ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

Solving problems does not create love. It's love that solves problems. ~ Mort Fertel

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. ~ Shakespeare

All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. ~ Leo Tolstoy

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Laughter is grace in its gaseous form. ~ Cathleen Falsani

Enlightenment is lightening up. ~ Mike Myers

Angels fly because they take themselves lightly. ~ Gilbert Chesterfield

Faith is certainty of grace despite uncertainty of circumstance. ~ Cathy Russell

When the rhythms of our body-mind are in synch with nature's rhythms, when we are living in harmony with life, we are living in the state of grace. To live in grace is to experience that state of consciousness where things flow effortlessly and our desires are easily fulfilled. Grace is magical, synchronistic, coincidental, joyful. It's that good-luck factor. But to live in grace we have to allow nature's intelligence to flow through us without interfering. ~ Deepak Chopra

Grace makes beauty out of ugly things. ~ Bono

When is grace like a good game of golf? When you realize you are Whole in One.

A poem begins with a lump in the throat. ~ Robert Frost

If you can love yourself, and therefore, others unconditionally, well, then, others will be receiving the best support of all: communion in unconditional self love.~ Sky

Living a life of grace is like traveling in a balloon. You can go higher, farther, and more easily toward your goals when you release the extra ballast of your unexaminined certainties, dogmas and convictions.

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child--our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

The strangest secret: We become what we think about. ~ Earl Nightengale

Justice is getting what you deserve. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. And grace is getting what you absolutely don't deserve. ~ Cathleen Falsani

"Worry is simply the habit of focusing on what I do not want." ~ Daily Word

"Grace is simply the habit of focusing on what I do want."

The world is not to be put in order; the world is in order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order. ~ Henry Miller

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pay attention to the things that bring a tear to your eye or a lump in your throat because they are signs that the holy is drawing near. ~ Frederick Buechner.

The fires of suffering become the light of consciousness. ~ Eckhart Tolle.

Once you experience the divine love of grace, you will be giving others the gift of communion in unconditional love. ~Skye

Look for the key to life in the light of grace. ~ Skye

In the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, from the prison of past conditioning. Uncertainty is the fertile ground of creativity and freedom. - Deepak Chopra

The key to long-lasting happiness is in the realization that the very nature of the self is a joy that comes from within and cannot be affected by external circumstances. ~ Deepak Chopra

Music is a vehicle that propels me and so many other people toward a place we might call grace. ~ Cathleen Falsani

Thinking prevents the unconscious from speaking. ~ Thomas Merton

The world has enough salesmen of the Gospel. What we need is more free samples. ~ Dr. Donald English, a leader in British Methodism

Laughter is carbonated holiness. ~ Anne Lamott

Struggle is arguing with God. Meditation is listening to God.

If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. ~ Mama

Follow your heart.

Life is too important to be taken seriously. ~ Oscar Wilde

There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun. ~ Thomas Merton

Inner transformation can not be separated from social transformation. ~ Pete Terpenning

Let the beauty of who you are be what you do.

Breathe in the divine love of grace to breathe out loving service to others.

Make what you do be an expression of the inner harmony that is already inside you. ~ Sky

As you imagine, so you become. ~ Sky

Whoever does not understand how he came will not understand how he will go. ~ Jesus, in Dialog of the Savior

Take great comfort in knowing that ALL great feats are accomplished one small step at a time. ~ Og Mandino

It's not what you do, it's just how you do it.

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where Liberty dwells, there is my country. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Meditation: it's not what you think.

Forgive them for they know not what they do. ~ Jesus

What we permit, we promote.

What you resist, persists.

“Like a cube of ice, anger cannot be eliminated by applying force, only by applying warmth, compassion and kindness." ~ Deepak Chopra

The lotus needs many colors of light to blossom. ~ Skye

Poetry creates your soul. ~ Skye

Forever fresh with forgiveness, grace flowers freely under fire. ~ Sky

God not only plays dice, He also sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen. ~ Stephen Hawking

The path into the light seems dark. ~ Tao Te Ching

The sea is great because it lies lower than all the streams.  Humility gives the sea its power. ~ Tao Te Ching #66.

There is no greater catastrophe than underestimating your enemy.  Underestimating your enemy means thinking he is evil ~ Tao Te Ching #69

I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams. ~ Dr. Jonas Salk

For a time/I rest in the grace of the world, and am free. - Wendell Berry

I sought my God, my God I could not see. I sought my soul, my soul eluded me. I sought my brother and I found all three. ~ anonymous

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. ~ Albert Einstein

Barn's burnt down ~ now I can see the moon.~ Masahide (1657-1723)

We must meet hate with love. We must meet physical force with soul force. ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The world is not to be put in order; the world is in order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order. ~ Henry Miller

[Religion is] the attempt to be in harmony with an unseen order of things. ~ William James

Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar. ~ William Wordsworth

From His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. ~ John 1:16

Law of attraction: joy attracts joy.

If you think you can do a thing or can't do a thing, you're right. ~ Henry Ford

Surround yourself with believers.

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that's your own self. ~ Aldous Huxley (1825-1895, British Biologist, Educator) 

In God's wildness lies the hope of the world -- the great fresh unlighted, unredeemed wilderness. ~ John Muir

Our lives are a manifestation of what we think about God. ~ Anonymous

There's God, and then there's not paying attention. ~ unknown

Your own reason is the only oracle given to you by God. ~ Thomas Jefferson

A little philosophy inclineth a man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth man's mind to religion. ~ Sir Francis Bacon

Human things must be known to be loved: but Divine things must be loved to be known. ~ Blaise Pascal

Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind. ~ Albert Einstein

The path to holiness lies through questioning everything. ~ M. Scott Peck

Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. ~ James Allen

Kindness is my religion. ~ The Dalai Lama

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. ~ Frederick Buechner in Wishful Thinking

No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism. ~ William R. Inge

God doesn't always smooth the path, but sometimes He puts springs in the wagon. ~ Marshall Lucas

The dreamers are the saviors of the world. ~ James Allen

Of all the systems of morality that have come under my observation, none appear so pure to me as that of Jesus. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Those who say that religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion means.~ Mohandas Gandhi

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile. ~ Mother Teresa, Albanian-born Roman Catholic Missionary

Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul. ~ Edward Abbey

Jesus didn't turn people away; neither do we. ~ United Church of Christ

No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. ~ United Church of Christ

Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself. ~ Oprah

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car. ~ Laurence J. Peter

God's answers are wiser than our prayers. ~ Unknown

Do God's will as if it were thy will, and he will accomplish thy will as if it were his own. ~ Gamaliel (fl. 100 A.D.)

We must meet hate with love. We must meet physical force with soul force. There is still a voice crying out through the vista of time, saying: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you. Then and only then can you matriculate into the university of eternal life. That same voice cries out in terms lifted to cosmic proportions: he who lives by the sword will perish by the sword. And history is replete with the bleached bones of nations that failed to follow this command. We must follow nonviolence and love. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When you recognize that nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ~Lao Tsu

Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with God is Faith. ~ Adel Bestavros

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced; live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. ~ Cherokee Proverb

While faith makes all things possible, it is love that makes all things easy. ~ Evan H. Hopkins

A person starts to live when he can live outside himself. ~ Albert Einstein

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.  ~ Anais Nin

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. ~ Theodore Isaac Rubin

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried. ~ G. K. Chesterton

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field. ~ Niels Bohr

There is no love which does not become help. ~ Paul Tillich

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. ~ Immanuel Kant

Go put your creed into your deed, Nor speak with double tongue. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Death comes not to the living soul, nor age to the living heart. ~ Phoebe Cary

In order to see Christianity, one must forget all the Christians. ~ Henri Frederic Amiel

The flame of Christian ethics is still our highest guide. ~ Sir Winston Churchill

Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a living presence. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. ~ John Barrymore

You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need. ~ Jerry Gillies (American Author, Speaker)

You need to learn to be happy by nature, because you'll seldom have the chance to be happy by circumstance. ~ Lavetta Sue Wegman

The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind. ~ Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. ~ Sir Winston Churchill

Love makes us ready to pay for the sins of others. ~ Archimandrite Dionysios

To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world. ~ Unknown

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great. ~ Mark Twain

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a Heaven for? ~ Robert Browning

Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns. ~ Anonymous

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Gratitude is the heart's memory. ~ Anonymous

Gratitude is from the same root word as grace- the boundless mercy of God. Thanksgiving is from the same root word as think, so to think is to thank. ~ Willis P. King

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. ~ Erin Majors

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Hope is the companion of power and the mother of success, For those of us who hope strongest have within us the gift of miracles. ~ Sydney Bremer

The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand. ~ Robert Vallett

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Make sure the thing you're living for is worth dying for. ~ Charles Mayes

When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get them, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either. ~ Leo Burnett

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.~ Milton Berle (1908-, American Actor, Entertainer) 

If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. ~ Yogi Berra, American Baseball Player 

Success is 99 percent failure. ~ Soichiro Honda, founder of Honda Motors

With the power of conviction, there is no sacrifice. ~ Pat Benetar, American Singer

Courage is grace under pressure. ~ Ernest Hemingway

In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. ~ Carl Sagan

I'm smart enough to know that I'm dumb. ~ Richard Feynman

Walking into the light is sometimes as blinding as walking into darkness. ~ Lightheart

Understanding a person's past, I cannot be other than forgiving. ~ Lightheart

Seeing that the universe moves toward awareness and cooperation, I realize that I, too, am supported by this movement. ~ Lightheart

Grace never feels lonely, even when you are alone. ~ Cathy Russell

Grace is the realization that all you've got is all you need. ~ Cathy Russell

Life is like a game. If you play it right, you have fun. If you cheat, you lose and don't have fun. Sean Russell, (age 11) 12-17-07

When you are hurt, if you think about something else, you don't feel as much pain. ~ Sean Russell, age 4

If you are friendly to the universe, the universe will be friendly to you. If you are unfriendly to the universe, the universe will be unfriendly to you. Sean Luc Russell, 2007.

Dreamers invent the future.

Choose, don't be chosen.

Awareness leads to healing.

The best journey always takes us home.

What you permit, you promote.

Let the beauty we love be what we do. ~ Rumi

If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day. ~ John Archibald Wheeler

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~ William Arthur Ward

We are on this earth to care for our dogs.

A smile is a frown turned upside down.

Yogis twist their bodies to straighten their minds. ~ Lightheart

No outfit is complete without dog hair.

Nothing is so bad it can't be laughed at.

Humor is humanity's device to escape suffering.

Helping people grow and achieve their dreams is the fastest route to success. ~ T. Harv Eker

If you can walk, you can dance.
If you can talk, you can sing.

You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.  ~ Madeleine L’Engle

I sought my God, my God I could not see;
I sought my soul, my soul eluded me;
I sought my brother, and I found all three.
~ anonymous

If you want to be unhappy, think of yourself.
 If you want to be happy, think of others.
~ Buddhist Saying

When you see God in everyone, then they see God in you. ~ Thomas Merton

From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggety beasties, And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!

May all your joys be pure joys and all your pain be champagne.

The way you do anything is the way you do everything.

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. ~ Goethe.

Does this feel warmer or colder? ~ Martha Beck

It’s not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts.

There is no shame in confusion or fear. “There was only shame in the silence fear had produced. . . . It was the silence that betrayed us." ~ Barack Obama

The silence killed your faith. ~ Barack Obama

The pain I felt was my father’s pain. ~ Barack Obama

How do we transform mere power into justice, mere sentiment into love? ~ Barack Obama

Choose a better history



We gaze
Into a prism
We shall discover
The light that opens
The door of our prison
And we will infinitely see
With a rainbow of serenity
That love is the essence
of our core

    -Silent Lotus


Will this bring more love into the world?

Grace does as grace is. ~ Cathy Russell

What is the next action?

A vision without a task is a dream, a task without a vision is drudgery, and vision and a task is the hope of the world. ~ from a church in Sussex, England, ca 1730.

Project Promotion:   use poetic words to inspire "Inner Branding." Using this technique, a dreaded project becomes a lovely experience. ~ Sky  

Feelings of separation are real, even as separation is an illusion.   Sometimes, believing the illusion is useful, sometimes it is not. The goal is to know the difference, and to use this to create abundant grace. ~ Cathy Russell

Joy comes from an inner relationship with with the Holy, the Whole.  This is grace, the loving relationship with the Whole Kit and Kaboodle. ~ Cathy Russell

Grace is communion with the power that creates our lives, our world, our universe. ~ Cathy Russell

(W)Holiness is the realization that you and THE WHOLE are ONE. ~ Cathy Russell

Talk does not cook rice. ~ Chinese Proverb

What we resist, persists.

If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. ~ W.C. Fields

Learning to quit while you're not ahead, when the dull ooze of depression tells you things are not going to get any better, is one of the best financial and life skills you can master. ~ Martha Beck

Ideas like these—being deeply entrenched and invisible—are often more powerful than physical prisons.

Limiting thoughts can be more confiining than a prison cell.

Cynical Despair: it's all the rage.

As the Creator of the Universe is perfect, so too is this moment perfect. ~ Cathy Russell

Breathing in the divine love of grace, one breathes out loving kindness. ~ Cathy Russell

The greatest danger to our future is apathy. ~ Jane Goodall

Grace is "enjoying the pebble [in your shoe] as if it were a pause button in the time-space continuum." ~ Cathleen Falsani

Grace is about what you don't do.

A Warm Heart Is Achievement Enough For Any Body, For Any Life, For Many Life Times, For Any Number Of Concentric Lives. ~ Sky

Come out of the circle of time, And into the circle of love. ~ Rumi

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Lao Tzu

We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. ~ Tom Robbins

Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. . . . It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more. ~ Erica Jong

The most beautiful things in the world are not seen nor touched. They are felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

Perhaps love is the process of my leading you gently back to yourself. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

We're only happy when we think spectrally, widely, relaxedly. ~ Sky

Hell = Wanting Love FROM Others + Wanting Others To Change while Heaven = Wanting Love FOR Others + Wanting Oneself To Radiate Love. ~ Sky

You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was. ~ Anthon St. Maarten, Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny

On the great canvas of time
We all create our own masterpiece.
Choreographing our steps across minutes and hours
Dancing over the days
Painting pictures over months and
Writing our stories on the years.
Singing our songs that echo across eons.
We are all a thread in the talent tapestry.
A snapshot in the cosmic, collective collage. ~ Michele Jennae