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. "
"Devoting your life energy to the truth means abandoning your beliefs and opinions and self images in the face of new experience that contradicts the old. Because you know your beliefs and opinions and past experiences do not define you."
"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."
"They call us to lay hold of what really matters..."
"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."