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“Community is created by understanding the blocks that we put in the way of community, by understanding the conflicts that arise from our fears and our desires.”

16 Nov

Anthony de Mello in “Awareness”

“How would you ever get there? By a ceaseless awareness, by the infinite patience and compassion you would have for a drug addict. By developing a taste for the good things in life to counter the craving for your drug. What good things? The love of work which you enjoy doing for the love of itself; the love of laughter and intimacy with people to whom you do not cling and on whom you do not depend emotionally ,but whose company you enjoy. It will also help if you take on activities that you can do with your whole being, activities that you so love to do that while you’re engaged in them success, recognition, and approval simple do not mean a thing to you. It will help, too, if you return to nature. Send the crowds away, go up to the mountains, and silently commune with the tree and flowers and animals and birds, with sea and clouds and sky and stars.”

16 Nov

Anthony de Mello in “Awareness”

On the land of love, “You refuse to need any particular person or to be special to anyone or to call anyone your own. – To see at last with a vision that is clear and unclouded by fear or desire.”

16 Nov

Anthony de Mello in “Awareness”

“If I were aware of what the snake was, I wouldn’t brush it off my arm; it would get brushed off through me. – That’s the change I am talking about. You don’t change yourself; it’s not me changing me. Change takes place through you, in you. – You see change take place in you, through you, in your awareness, it happens. You don’t do it.”

16 Nov

Anthony de Mello in “Awareness”

“They’ll show you pictures in an album, of places they never saw but only photographed. – I cannot warn you enough about this type of asceticism. Slow down and taste and smell and hear, and let your senses come alive.”

16 Nov

Anthony de Mello in “Awareness”

“What does self change entail? – First, insight. Not effort, not cultivating habits, not having an ideal. There’s another great task, understanding.”

16 Nov

Anthony de Mello in “Awareness”

“We’re always dying to things. We’re always shedding everything in order to be fully alive and to be resurrected at every moment.”

16 Nov

Anthony de Mello in “Awareness”