Quotes from the Spiritual . . . and a bear and his friend

“The great truth is this – whether we are Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, or Quaker; whether we are Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, or Jewish; whether we believe with all our hearts or don’t believe at all, we are members, all of us, of the true community of God.” ~ Philip Gulley


“Now I believe there is no One True Church, no One True Faith, no single path to God. There are only compassion and grace, and where they are found, God is present, yearning to know and be known. This God transcends our human barriers, loving and living far beyond the tidy barriers, loving and living far beyond the tidy categories we’ve created.” ~ Philip Gulley

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” ~ Mother Teresa


“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ~ Mother Teresa

“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.” ~ Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama directs a peace sign toward the head table, where U.S. President Barack Obama was seated, during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, February 5, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS RELIGION) – RTR4ODES

“When we surround ourselves with people who are committed to understanding and loving, we’re nourished by their presence and our own seeds of understanding and love are watered. When we surround ourselves with people who gossip, complain, and are constantly critical, we absorb these toxins.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


. . . and probably the most profound of all –

“When all else fails, take a nap.” ~ Winnie the Pooh


. . . and never forget – LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU’RE LAUGHING


  1. To Phillip Gulley: You can have compassion, grace, and love without calling that a god. When you call it a god you will have people who begin to worship that god and a religion is created. Religions create exclusiveness and soon wars are fought to get rid of those who are not of your faith. So, let’s not call it a god and simply call it compassion, grace, and love and teach those qualities to everyone. Thanks for the post, Lesley! I may not agree with everything in your posts, but I enjoy reading them.

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    • From my perception of what Philip Gulley is saying is that people of all faiths, and none, are infused with love, compassion and grace instinctively, but it is when religions become agressively fundamental with all kinds of exclusive doctrine and dogma, that is when the fighting and division begins. Anyone can be loving, gracious and compassionate without a belief in a god. That’s my take on what he’s saying. Thanks for reading and commenting, Sabishi, and I don’t mind that you may not agree with things I post. I find ‘religion’ a prickly subject and it’s taken me a long, long time to scrape my way out of my previous fundamental frame of mind.

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  2. There is that formula, “Do unto to others as you would have done unto you and expect nothing in return,” that is a baseline in almost all religions and spiritual paths. It’s unfortunate that ego gets in the way by developing discrete and separated perspectives. Great post.

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