Sunday Dinner: Awareness


“Look at everything always

as though you were seeing it

either for the first or last time:

Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”


Betty Smith 



“It’s all a matter of paying attention,

being awake in the present moment,

and not expecting a huge payoff.

The magic in this world

seems to work in whispers

and small kindnesses.”


Charles de Lint



“The really important kind of freedom

involves attention, and awareness,

and discipline, and effort,

and being able truly to care about other people

and to sacrifice for them,

over and over,

in myriad petty little unsexy ways,

every day.”


David Foster Wallace



“Earth’s crammed with heaven…
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.”


Elizabeth Barrett Browning



“These things will destroy the human race:

politics without principle,

progress without compassion,

wealth without work,

learning without silence,

religion without fearlessness,

and worship without awareness.”


Anthony de Mello



Photos by Woodland Gnome 2018


“Awareness has infinite gradations, like light.”

Ignazio Silone



“A healer’s power stems not from any special ability,

but from maintaining the courage and awareness

to embody and express the universal healing power

that every human being naturally possesses.”


Eric Micha’el Leventhal


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