When the power went out today, I was glad I hadn’t waited until the last minutes to do my taxes.  I mailed them Monday.  Now, of course the power is back.  Meanwhile it was a respite.  

The outage gave me time to revisit quotes.  

Thich Nhat Hanh: People say walking on water is a miracle, but to me walking peacefully on the earth is the real miracle.

Jane Hirshfield:  There is only one way to travel and that is inward.  

Adm. Richard E. Byrd, the American arctic explorer, wrote in his book Alone which published in 1938 explored the five months he spent winter alone in a one-room shack in Antarctica.

On June 2nd, 1934, he recorded: The universe is not dead.  Therefore, there is an Intelligence there, and it is all pervading. At least one purpose, possibly the major purpose, of that intelligence is the achievement of universal harmony.  The human race, then, is not alone in the universe. Though I am cut off from human beings, I am not alone.

We are not alone!   

Frank Ostaseski, author of  THE FIVE INVITATIONS: DISCOVERING WHAT DEATH CAN TEACH US ABOUT LIVING FULLY shares his beautiful practice.  

He pauses and places both hands on his chest to feel the contact and the breath.  He says, “I choose Love!”

And in that choice is a pause to consider these words of Alice Walker.

She was someone who would not be rushed. That seems like a small thing. But it is actually a very amazing quality, a very ancient one …. She went about her business as if she could live forever, and forever was very, very long.

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