The Natural Contemplative
Essays and Other Writing
You are not the self you know. Look at your self.
"This is the contemplative revolution, a fundamental change of perspective, a complete reorientation, giving up the illusion of control and allowing the inexplicably real to live and breathe within us and around us."
"Remembering the stillness at the heart of our own lives reunites us with everything. "
"Who am I in reality, as opposed to who or what I think I am or think I should be?"
"Which will win your heart: the predictable and rather shabby entertainments of the mind, or life itself in all its wild, dancing, utterly mysterious actuality?"
"They call us to lay hold of what really matters..."
"For the body is one, and has many members."
" I think the most critical thing, and it can and must happen right alongside all the practical things that need to be done, is to turn and face yourself very honestly."
"Most books about seals say nothing about their singing abilities. And I think scientists have been a little slow to accept the fact that seals sing beautiful tunes in the air. That is because the seals seem to be a little choosy about their audience."
"Love knows how to surround hate in a way that neither frightens it back into the depths, nor adds to its force. But this love arises of its own accord."
"I lose track of myself again, and a way that feels like no way clears before me, and I return to a home I never knew I had left. I come home to love. And nothing else matters."