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Jack Kornfield. Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you learn perfect patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion. Qualities like love and compassion are not just abstract virtues that are the property of saints and adepts. Anyone can develop these qualities in themselves by doing spiritual practices. As the Buddha said, Come and see. Joanna Macy. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.

What is a loving heart? A loving heart is sensitive to the whole of life, to all persons; a loving heart doesn't harden itself to any persons or things. Anthony de Mello. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always hopes, always perseveres. The Bible. It is an awareness that I is not separate from thou , that whatever is happening to the planet, or to another person, is happening to me. Compassion is total empathy, an absolute sense of connection.

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Paul Rezendes. There I go: that bald man, this angry child, that fearful cat, that cool stone, that bubbling brook, that worm struggling for its life, that bird desperate to feed her hungry babies, that one trapped in his rage, this one anxious but fearful of finding out why. Hardly strangers! Empathy is the life of the soul, I think, because the soul that allows us to see the one in the other is the soul that finds joy.

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The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there? Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh. Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Herman Hesse. Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.

Saint Francis de Sales. Other people do not have to change for us to experience peace of mind. Gerald Jampolsky. Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. Mahatma Gandhi. Inner peace is found by facing life squarely, solving its problems, and delving as far beneath its surface as possible to discover its verities and realities.

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If peace is our single aim in all we do, we will always know what to do because we will do whatever will protect and deepen our peace. Every time we experience a single day of inner stillness and joy, we are empowered to expand it into a second and a third day. A space opens in our hearts, and when two hearts recognize and acknowledge each other, a connection happens. It happens again and again as other hearts are joined in this stillness. LaUna Huffines.

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We need silence to be alone with God, to speak to him, to listen to him, to ponder his words deep in our hearts. We need to be alone with God in silence to be renewed and transformed. Silence gives us a new outlook on life. In it we are filled with the energy of God himself that makes us do all things with joy.

Mother Teresa. True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. William Penn. Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere--in the closing of a door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, in the animals.

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To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter the desert of our loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude. Henri Nouwen. To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars One might think the atmosphere was made transparent Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Prayer is Love's tender dialogue Between the soul and God. John Richard Moreland. Prayer at its highest is a two-way conversation--and for me the most important part is listening to God's replies.

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  6. Frank C. Prayer is the most powerful form of energy one can generate It supplies us with a flow of sustaining power in our daily lives. Alexis Carrel. They who have steeped their souls in prayer Can every anguish calmly bear. Richard Monckton Milnes. When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words than thy words without heart. John Bunyan. He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Become aware of God, in whose presence you are while you pray.

    Then take a formula of prayer and recite it with perfect attention both to the words you are saying and to the Person to whom you are saying them. Saint John Climacus. One of the most powerful ways to pray, and a method used throughout the world, is the repetition of the name God. Krishan Chopra. Using an inspirational passage Whatever we drive deep into consciousness, that we become I usually recommend the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi:.

    Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. They are attached but are missing in action. We are connected by our faith in Jesus Christ and sealed by the Holy Spirit.