November 2020 Touchstones Readings From the Common Bowl

November 1: “The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” ~ Paulo Coelho

November 2: “Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.” ~ Carl Sagan

November 3: “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….Get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel

November 4: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

November 5: “I have lived with several Zen masters—all of them cats.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

November 6: “The spiritual life does not remove us from the world, but leads us deeper into it.” ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen

November 7: “Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

November 8: “The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” ~ Richard J. Foster

November 9: “And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch …by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.” ~ Wendell Berry

November 10: “I want my spirituality to rid me of hate, not give me reason for it.” ~ Donald Miller

November 11: “True spirituality makes you loving and grateful, and forgiving, and patient, and gentle, and long-suffering. True spirituality breathes reverence into every act and deed.” ~ Marjorie Pay Hinckley

November 12: “I define love thus: The will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.” ~ M. Scott Peck

November 13: “Our whole spiritual transformation brings us to the point where we realize that in our own being, we are enough.” ~ Ram Dass

November 14: “The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

November 15: “Rest and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all. Laugh, rest, slow down.” ~ Anne Lamott

November 16: “The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.” ~ Deepak Chopra

November 17: “Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.” ~ Alan W. Watts

November 18: “People who’ve had any genuine spiritual experience always know that they don’t know. They are utterly humbled before mystery.” ~ Richard Rohr

November 19: “Spiritual growth involves giving up the stories of your past so the universe can write a new one.” ~ Marianne Williamson

November 20: “The best political, social, and spiritual work we can do is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others.” ~ C.G. Jung

November 21: “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want …more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” ~ Brené Brown

November 22: “Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth.” ~ Marianne Williamson

November 23: “You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you; none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” ~ Swami Vivekananda

November 24: “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” ~ Denis Waitley

November 25: “Like those in the valley behind us, most people stand in sight of the spiritual mountains all their lives and never enter them.” ~ Robert M. Pirsig

November 26: “The closer you get to real matter, rock, air, fire, and wood, the more spiritual the world is.” ~ Jack Kerouac

November 27: “There are many sources of spirituality; religion may be the most common, but it is by no means the only. Anything that generates a sense of awe may be a source of spirituality. Science does this in spades.” ~ Michael Shermer

November 28: “Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice.”  Kripalvanandji

November 29: “Fearlessness is the first requisite of spirituality.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

November 30: “Perhaps the most ‘spiritual’ thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

November 31: “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 is the movement from the restless senses to the restful spirit….” ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen