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Rumi Corner

Imagine the time the particle you are
returns where it came from!
The family darling comes home.
Wine without being contained in cups,
is handed around.
A red glint appears in a granite outcrop,
and suddenly the whole cliff turns to ruby.

~ Rumi

Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not ‘I love you’ for this or that reason, not ‘I love you if you love me.’ It’s love for no reason, love without an object.”

Be with those who help your being.
Don’t sit with indifferent people, whose breath
comes cold out of their mouths.
Not these visible forms, your work is deeper.
A chunk of dirt thrown in the air breaks to pieces.
If you don’t try to fly,
and so break yourself apart,
you will be broken open by death,
when it’s too late for all you could become.
Leaves get yellow. The tree puts out fresh roots
and makes them green.
Why are you so content with a love that turns you yellow?

~ Rumi

translation: Coleman Barks

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Close your eyes.
Gather all the kindling
About your heart
To create one spark.
That is all you need
To nourish the flame
That will cleanse the dark
Of its weight of festered fear.

~ John O'Donohue

"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, 
or exactly where it is all going. 
What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope."

~ Thomas Merton

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Welcome to Temenos Community


Easter Service will be live on Facebook on the Temenos public page begining at 10:00 am. If possible, we will try to get it on an audio file also.

More information on Holy Week Services will be found
on our Temenos Spiritual Center page.

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Dear Friends of Temenos Retreat and Sanctuary,

In these challenging times, I will be sharing each week a few meditations, wisdom teachings, prayers etc. from various traditions. Hopefully you will find something that speaks to you. As I write this I am so aware that many of us have very different traditions and belief systems. What I want to say that regardless of where you fall in these various belief systems - I will always continue my prayers for All of You and Your Loved Ones each day. I believe in a unlimited, undefine Higher Power of 10,000 names.

The Name I use most is "Love".

Fear will not survive when surrounded by Love and Love will cast out Fear. May You All abide in that Love and share it effortlessly with others

Peace be with you,


Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting— over and over announcing your place in the family of things.
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

~ from Dream Work by Mary Oliver


"You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should."

Excerpt from the Desiderate by Max Ehrmann

Blessing of Solitude
by John O’Donohue

May you recognize in your life the presence,
power and light of your soul.
May you realize that you are never alone,
that your soul in its brightness and belonging connects you
intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
May you have respect for your own individuality and difference.
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
that you have a special destiny here,
that behind the facade of your life there is something
beautiful, good, and eternal happening.
May you learn to see yourself with the same delight, pride,
and expectation with which God sees you in every moment.