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You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.
Only in the awareness of the present, can your hands feel the
pleasant warmth of the cup.
Only in the present, can you savor the aroma, taste the sweetness,
appreciate the delicacy.
If you are ruminating about the past, or worrying about the future,
you will completely miss the experience of enjoying the cup of tea.
You will look down at the cup, and the tea will be gone.
Life is like that.
If you are not fully present, you will look around and it will be gone.
You will have missed the feel, the aroma, the delicacy and beauty of
life.
It will seem to be speeding past you. The past is finished.
Learn from it and let it go.
The future is not even here yet. Plan for it, but do not waste your
time worrying about it.
Worrying is worthless.
When you stop ruminating about what has already happened, when you
stop worrying about what might never happen, then you will be in the
present moment.
Then you will begin to experience joy in life.

(Thank you Richard Rohr and Elizabeth)  <http://email.cac.org/t/d-e-uhlttrk-kyukzidl-a/>
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“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”
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Brutus in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, Act 4 , Scene 3
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Jalal al-Din Rumi – Listen

Make everything in you an ear, each atom of your
being, and you will hear every moment what the
Source is whispering to you, just to you and for you,
without any need for my words or anyone else’s. You
are – we all are – the beloved of the Beloved, and in
every moment, in every event of your life, the Beloved
is whispering to you exactly what you need to hear
and know. Who can ever explain this miracle? It simply is.
Listen and you will discover it every passing moment.
Listen, and your whole life will become a conversation
in thought and act between you and Him, directly,
wordlessly, now and always.
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(Translated by Andrew Harvey
From PRAYER of the HEART in Christian and Sufi Mysticism by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee)
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Najmuddin Kubra (1145-1221)

“There are lights which ascend and lights which descend. The ascending lights
are the lights of the Heart. The descending lights are those of the Throne.
The lower self, the ego, is the veil between the Throne and the Heart.
When this veil is wrent and a door opens in the Heart, like springs towards like.
Light rises towards light and light comes down upon light, and it is light upon light.
Each time the Heart sighs for the Throne, the Throne sighs for the Heart.
So they come to meet. Each time a light rises from you, a light comes down towards you;
and each time a flame rises from you, a corresponding flame comes down towards you.”
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Syria’s Grand Mufti Hassoun:

I believe in the power of Love. Hatred is something I neither know nor believe in,
even for my enemies. I pray for them.
I am a messenger and do not ask to be rewarded by society,
I ask only that God be pleased with my work.
My brothers and sisters are not only those residing in Aleppo, but the seven billion
who live on Earth.
God is found not only in churches and mosques but in the hearts of all human beings.
Those who kill in the name of God, do not know God.
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Father Dave interviews the Grand Mufti of Syria – Dr Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun (25 April 2015)

Father Dave: http://www.fatherdave.org

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“The realization that every act, every word, every thought of ours not only influences our environment but for some mysterious reason forms an integral and important part of the Universe, fits into it as if by necessity so to say, in the very moment we do, or say, or think it – is an overwhelming and even shattering experience. The tremendous responsibility of it is terrifying. If all of us only knew that the smallest act of ours, or a tiny thought, has such far-reaching effects as to set in motion forces which perhaps could shatter a galaxy…If we know it deeply and absolutely, if this realization becomes engraved permanently on our hearts, on our minds, how careful we would act and speak and think. How precious life would become in its integral oneness.”

(From “Daughter of Fire” by Irina Tweedie)

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I feel that all the stars shine in me.

The world breaks into my life like a flood.

The flowers blossom in my body.

All the youthfulness of land and water smokes like an incense in my heart; and the breath of all things plays on my thoughts as on a flute.

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When the world sleeps I come to your door.

The stars are silent, and I am afraid to sing.

I wait and watch, till your shadow passes by the balcony of night and I return with a full heart.

Then in the morning I sing by the roadside;

The flowers in the hedge give me answer and the morning air listens,

The travelers suddenly stop and look in my face, thinking I have called them by their names.

III

Keep me at your door ever attending to your wishes, and let me go about in your Kingdom accepting your call.

Let me not sink and disappear in the depth of langour.

Let not my life be worn out to tatters by penury of waste.

Let not those doubts encompass me,-the dust of distractions.

Let me not pursue many paths to gather many things.

Let me not bend my heart to the yoke of the many.

Let me hold my head high in the courage and pride of being your servant.

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