Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tranquility


When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves;

it is useless to seek it elsewhere.

-Rochefoucauld





The truest solitude is not something outside you,

not an absence of men or sound around you;

it is an abyss opening up

in the center of your own soul.

And this abyss of interior solitude

is created by a hunger

that will never be satisfied

with any created thing.

-from SEEDS OF CONTEMPLATION By Thomas Merton




The journey into the inner self is not just the important one,

it is the only one.

We need to listen to the sound beyond the silence.

- W.B.Yeats




Make your heart empty waiting in stillness.

Banish your busy thoughts out from your mind;

Return to quiet.

Take into your calmness the presence of God,

Overflowing with Love, stilling all fear,

Safeguard from all danger;

Rest in God's Peacefulness.

-Lao Tzu (570-490 BCE)




The best remedy for those who are afraid,

lonely, or unhappy

is to go outside,

somewhere where they can be quite alone

with the heavens, nature, and God.

-Anne Frank
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