Glimpses of a Book #2

Gift From The Sea

By Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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II Channelled Whelk

“… and what extraordinary spiritual freedom and peace such simplification can bring” (P.39)

To ask how little, not how much, can I get along with. To say – is it necessary? – when I am tempted to add one more accumulation to my life, when I am pulled toward one more centrifugal activity.” (P.41)

 

III Moon Shell

“People, too, become like islands in such an atmosphere, self-contained, whole and serene; respecting other people’s solitude, not intruding on their shores, standing back in reverence before the miracle of another individual. ‘No man is an island’, said John Donne. I feel we are all islands – in a common sea.” (P.48)

“We must re-learn to be alone.” (P.50)

Only when one is connected to one’s own core is one connected to others. I am beginning to discover. And, for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be found through solitude.” (P.52)

“Not knowing how to feed the spirit, we try to muffle its demands in distractions.” (P.60)

“Mechanically we have gained, in the last generation, but spiritually we have, I think, unwittingly lost.” (P.61)

 

IV Double-Sunrise

“One must lose one’s life to find it.” (P.77)

” ‘It is all right to wish to be loved alone,’ he said, ‘mutuality is the essence of love. There cannot be others in mutuality. It is only in the time-sense that it is wrong. It is when we desire continuity¬†of being loved alone that we go wrong.’ ” (P.80)

“One comes in the end to realize that there is no permanent pure-relationship and there should not be.” (P.81)

“But we are no longer children; life is not a beach. There is no pattern here for permanent return, only for refreshment.” (P.82)

Duration is not a test of true or false.” (P.84)

” ‘ And what is actual is actual only for one time and only for one place.’ ” (P.84)

 

VI Argonauta

” ‘… even between the closest human beings, infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole and against a wide sky!’ ” (P.110)

“Communication – but not for too long. Because good communication is stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” (P.114)

“When the heard is flooded with love there is no room in it for fear, for doubt, for hesitation.” (P.118)

“… but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. For relationships, too, must be like islands. One must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits – islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, continually visited and abandoned by the tides.” (P.121)

 

VII A Few Shells

“… they are more beautiful if they are few.” (P.128)

“The simplicity of life forces me into physical as well as intellectual or social activity.” (P.130)

Simplicity of living, as much as possible, to retain a true awareness of life. Balance of physical, intellectual, and spiritual life. Work without pressure. Space for significance and beauty. Time for solitude and sharing. Closeness to nature to strengthen understanding and faith in the intermittency of life: life of the spirit, creative life, and the life of human relationships.” (P.134)

 


 

For those, especially women, who want to immerse yourselves in a pure, simple world of wise words, I totally recommend to read it. Such a beautiful book.

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