Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

In the Mess of Our ‘Unfixedness'”

 

“As spiritual searchers we need to become freer and freer of the attachment to our own smallness in which we get occupied with me-me-me.  Pondering on large ideas or standing in front of things which remind us of a vast scale can free us from acquisitiveness and competitiveness and from our likes and dislikes.  If we sit with an increasing stillness of the body, and attune our mind to the sky or to the ocean or to the myriad stars at night, or any other indicators of vastness, the mind gradually stills and the heart is filled with quiet joy. Also recalling our own experiences in which we acted generously or with compassion for the simple delight of it without expectation of any gain can give us more confidence in the existence of a deeper goodness from which we may deviate.”   (Ravi Ravindra)

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“Spirituality is not about being fixed; it is about God’s being present in the mess of our unfixedness.”   (Mike Yaconelli, Messy Spirituality)

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“I don’t think that God says, ‘Go to church and pray all day and everything will be fine.’  No.  For me God says, ‘Go out and make the changes that need to be made, and I’ll be there to help you.’”  (Elvia Alvarado, Don’t Be Afraid, Gringo)

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“As I thought of these things, I drew aside the curtains and looked out into the darkness, and it seemed to my troubled fancy that all those little points of light filling the sky were the furnaces of innumerable divine alchemists, who labor continually, turning lead into gold, weariness into ecstasy, bodies into souls, the darkness into God; and at their perfect labor my mortality grew heavy, and I cried out, as so many dreamers and men of letters in our age have cried, for the birth of that elaborate spiritual beauty which could alone uplift souls weighted with so many dreams.”   (W. B. Yeats)

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“Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible laws and connections, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable.  Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in fact, religious.”   (Albert Einstein)

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