My mind is my shelter


Somewhere in every heart there is a discerning voice.

 „Human identity is complex. Nothing is ever given simply or immediately. Even the simplest act of perception has many layers. Often at night a dream can take up a gesture … Continue reading


All holiness is about learning to hear the voice of your own soul.

“The voice of compassion is not absorbed with itself. It is not a voice intent on its own satisfaction or affirmation; rather it is a voice imbued with understanding, forgiveness … Continue reading


Our time is hungry in spirit.

„The beautiful can exist at the edge precisely because it has nothing to lose and everything to give away”. Frederick Turner “Our time is hungry in spirit. In some unnoticed … Continue reading


The imagination of light: how gradually light will build a mood for the eye to discover something new in the familiar

Paintings by Padraig McCaul „I love the imagination of light: how gradually light will build a mood for the eye to discover something new in a familiar mountain. This glimpse … Continue reading


In order to become attentive to beauty, we need to rediscover the art of reverence.

„In order to become attentive to beauty, we need to rediscover the art of reverence. Our world seems to have lost all sense of reverence. We seldom even use the … Continue reading


When you regain a sense of your life as a journey of discovery, you return to rhythm with yourself. When you take the time to travel with reverence, a richer life unfolds before you

“Traditionally, a journey was a rhythm of three forces: time, self and space. Now the digital virus has truncated time and space. Marooned on each instant, we have forfeited the … Continue reading


Beauty is a slow presence who waits for the ready, expectant heart.

„When beauty touches our lives, the moment becomes luminous. These grace-moments are gifts that surprise us. When we look beyond the moment to our life journey, perhaps we can choose … Continue reading


The spontaneity and playfulness of beauty subverts our self-importance

 „Beauty enjoys a profound and ancient autonomy. True beauty is from elsewhere, a pure gift. It cannot be programmed nor its arrival foreseen. It never falls simply into the old … Continue reading


True beauty is numinous. There is a light in beauty which no frontier can limit or contain; it has a distinctive dignity.

  „True beauty is numinous. When a person has beauty, their presence is full of radiance. In German, they say such a person has a ‘grosse Ausstrahlung’, literally, ‘a flowing … Continue reading


Beauty is permanent, but it is always new. No-one is immune to beauty. It is never a neutral experience. To behold beauty dignifies your life.

“St Augustine testifies to the permanence and eternity of beauty when he writes: ‘Too late came I to love thee! Beauty, ever ancient, ever new, too late came I to … Continue reading


The vision is shaped by the state of the soul

„The human gaze is not the closed, fixed view of a camera but is creative and constructive. Both the gaze that sees and the object that is seen construct construct … Continue reading


In difficult times keep something beautiful in your heart

„There are times when life seems little more than a matter of struggle and endurance, when difficulty and disappointment form a crust around the heart. Because it can be deeply … Continue reading


Intimations of beauty

„A blind man recognizes a beloved face by barely touching it with seeing fingers, and tears of joy, the true joy of recognition, will fall from his eyes after a … Continue reading


Beauty is quietly woven through our days

„When we hear the word ‚beauty’, we inevitably think that beauty belongs in a special elite realm where only the extraordinary dwells. Yet without realizing it, each day each one … Continue reading


Let beauty surprise you

„The arts, whose task once was considered to be that of manifesting the beautiful, will discuss the idea only to dismiss it, regarding beauty only as the pretty, the simple, … Continue reading


If beauty were invited

„Our times are driven by the inestimable energies of the mechanical mind; its achievements derive from its singular focus, linear direction and force. When it dominates, the habit of gentleness … Continue reading


The global crisis and the violation of beauty

„Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” Rumi „In a sense, all the contemporary crisis can be … Continue reading


The cry of our times: to awaken beauty

“We all live between the act of awakening and the act of surrender. Each morning we awaken to the light and the invitation to a new day in the world … Continue reading

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