The soul is like a wild animal—tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient and yet exceedingly shy. If we want to see a wild animal, the last thing we should do is to go crashing through the woods, shouting for the creature to come out. But if we are willing to walk quietly into the woods and sit silently for an hour or two at the base of a tree, the creature we are waiting for may well emerge, and out of the corner of an eye we will catch a glimpse of the precious wildness we seek. – Parker Palmer
It’s worth it! It might be difficult, challenging, uncomfortable, even painful at times but … it’s worth it. Going deep into your mind, heart, body and soul requires courage and commitment. But it’s worth it. Not only for yourself, but for everyone, for everyone you meet, for everyone else too. For humans. For animals. For plants. For rocks. For oceans. For clouds. For stars in galaxies millions of light years away.
I’m using the writings and encouragement of many people – including the daily common lectionary, this website, and this app, in my Quest for Mindfulness.