Tuesday, June 26, 2012

garden of solitude

“To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter into the desert of our loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude. The movement from loneliness to solitude, however, is the beginning of any spiritual life because it it is the movement from the restless senses to the restful spirit, from the outward-reaching cravings to the inward-reaching search, from the fearful clinging to the fearless play.” 

~ this and the following quotations by Henri J.M. Nouwen

“We need to be angels for each other, to give each other strength and consolation. Because only when we fully realize that the cup of life is not only a cup of sorrow but also a cup of joy will we be able to drink it.” 

“A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” 

“You don't think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking.” 

And so, there I was, yesterday, in the home office, my backyard, writing, thinking.  How fleeting summer is, the garden.  How abundant in colour and life.  The rosebush we bought this year already full of apricot blooms...


  1. Love those quotes. Wish I were there with you in your lovely yard!

  2. Thanks Esther!

    And Lucy - soon! yes?

  3. The first Henri Nouwen book I read The Genesee Diary: Report from a Trappist Monastery to be followed by Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life. I go to these title when I feel out or sorts and need to be grounded.



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