On our journeys we have encountered wisdom quotes that have resonated with us.  We offer them to you as a resource to include in your meditation practice.  Alongside each quote, we have included a few of our thoughts in hopes of stimulating deeper reflection.  We encourage you to work with these and each new pivotal thought that will be added monthly.  Feel free to email us with how these wisdom quotes have influenced your practice.

Everything you need to know in life, you can learn from a tree.

Dyan’s reflection:

A saying that held meaning for me in my younger days was “go with the flow, bend with the breeze.’ Trees can offer us the opportunity to begin to understand stillness…growing in one spot for a thousand years (Sequoia). Trees exemplify striving….to reach the sunshine they grown tall into the canopy of the forest. Trees thrive in community (ecosystems)…..often with plants and trees that have the same need of temperature, water and sun. Trees bend without breaking and withstand significant windstorms without being uprooted. Enduring, flexible, sovereign!

Doug’s reflection:

It is our habit in meditation to close our eyes and focus on the internal world, seeking within that spiritual wisdom which can teach us how to live well.
A man once said: “How can you say you love God who you don’t see when you have so much trouble loving your neighbour who you do see?” Good question.
Perhaps, if we are looking for insights into love, we should look to our neighbour. And if we are looking for wisdom to live well, perhaps we should look to trees and the world which lies outside of ourselves. After all, this world does know a thing or two about living well.

An old Indian once told me….,

Dyan’s reflection:

I do wonder what he told me. Was it important? Why don’t I remember? This challenges my need to fill in all the blanks and make everything in my world ‘known’. This meditation point calls me to become comfortable with the unknown….the uncertain. While I meditate on this, I can feel myself wanting to focus on the object that arises or on the thought that occurs….if I do, and this is where it takes practice, I avoid encountering the experience of emptiness beyond our dualistic paradigm.

Doug’s reflection:

It’s the differences that are important: different culture, different age, different economic outlook, different heritage, different skin colour…more differences than can be listed. Mostly we gravitate to sameness for there is assurance and affirmation in similarity.
But it is in difference that we stumble across the unknown and its gift of adaptation.
The old Indian keeps me alive….

What’s on the agenda today?  When we react, its to peoples agenda.  When we feel out of balance, it is our agenda.  Practice no agenda.

Dyan’s reflection:

Exactly!
• Release expectations.
• Tame ego.
• Befriend Nature….yours….theirs…the Worlds.

Doug’s reflection:

When I was young, it seemed that the momentum, passion and joy in life were intimately linked to the dance with agenda. It could have been my agenda or it could have been my neighbor’s agenda, but it did seem that agenda was necessary if I was going to stretch my wings and fly. When I danced with agenda, I knew where I was going, I knew what I wanted. And there was no doubt my agenda was to get what I wanted.
As I’ve aged, I’ve discovered that agenda works more like a set of chains than a pair of wings, limiting movement, predicting passion, inhibiting joy. If I’m going to soar, no agenda.