You are the Music, the Rest is Prayer …

You are the music … music heard so deeply that it is not heard at all … and the rest is prayer, observation, discipline, thought and action.

— T.S. Eliot

Not without design does God write the music of our lives. Be it ours to learn the time, and not be discouraged at the rests. If we say sadly to ourselves, “There is no music in a rest,” let us not forget ” there is the making of music in it.” The making of music is often a slow and painful process in this life. How patiently God works to teach us! How long He waits for us to learn the lesson!

— John Ruskin

God picks up the reed-flute world and blows.
Each note is a need coming through one of us,
a passion, a longing pain.
Remember the lips
where the wind-breath originated,
and let your note be clear.
Don’t try to end it.
Be your note.
― Rumi


Filed under: Interreligious, Quotes Tagged: Discipline, God's Wisdom, John Ruskin, Music, Patience, Peace, Prayer, Rumi, Seeking, Stillness, Sufi Mystics, T.S. Eliot, Waiting

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