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As my prayer become more attentive and inward
I had less and less to say.
I finally became completely silent.
I started to listen
– which is even further removed from speaking.
I first thought that praying entailed speaking.
I then learnt that praying is hearing,
not merely being silent.
This is how it is.
To pray does not mean to listen to oneself speaking,
Prayer involves becoming silent,
And being silent,
And waiting until God is heard.

–Søren Kierkegaard, quoted by Joachim Berendt in The Third Ear, translated by Tim Nevill (Shaftsbury, England: Element Books, 1988).

Wisdom from our summer 1990 issue on attention.

Photo Credit: Randy P. Martin


Paul-Henri Schaedelin (website / tumblr)

I am trying the best I can
With this crude brush, the tongue,
To cover you with light.

I wish I could speak like music.

I wish I could put the swaying splendor
Of the fields into words
So that you could hold Truth
Against your body

And dance.

Hafiz, from I Wish (via violentwavesofemotion)


RAIN by feru-leru on Flickr.


DONNA by feru-leru on Flickr.

She is so alive that she vibrates from anywhere.
Anne Sexton, from A Self-Portrait In Letters (via violentwavesofemotion)
I have a thousand brilliant lies For the question: How are you?

I have a thousand brilliant lies For the question: What is God?

If you think that the Truth can be known From words,

If you think that the Sun and the Ocean Can pass through that tiny opening Called the mouth,

O someone should start laughing! Someone should start wildly Laughing Now!
Hafiz (via lazyyogi)
The self is an ocean without a shore. Gazing upon it has no beginning or no end, in this world and the next.
Andalusian Sufi master, Ibn Arabi (1165-1240) (quoted by the artist Bill Viola)


untitled by Que moderno on Flickr.