Anthony De Mello

Culture | Fitness | Habits | Philosophy | Productivity

On Discipline

“Look at a river as it moves toward the sea. It creates its own banks that contain it. When there’s something within you that moves in the right direction, it creates its own discipline. The moment you get bitten by the bug of awareness.” – Anthony de Mello, Awareness Sometimes I fight active avoidance in…

Birds | Culture | gardening | Learning

Return of Wonder

“Wonder dies and is replaced by boredom, as we develop language and words and concepts. Then hopefully, if we’re lucky, we’ll return to wonder again.” – Anthony de Mello, Awakening The hummingbirds work their way across the mounds of honeysuckle in turns. One fills up and flies off and another takes its place. The vine…

Culture | Poetry | Writing

Sharing Light

“Let tenderness pour from your eyes The way the Sun gazes warmly on the earth.” – Hafiz, If It Is Not Too Dark There’s enough darkness in the world. Enough anger, accusation and bitterness. Outraged darkness. Indignant darkness. Resentful darkness… it’s not for me. I prefer to share light. Have I been outraged, indignant and…

Learning | Philosophy | Stoicism

Learning Anew

“Spirituality is… unlearning all the rubbish they taught you.” – Anthony De Mello, Awakening I’ve pondered this De Mello quote since I read Awakening last year.  Admittedly I was late the game with De Mello as with many other writers, but then again, I don’t believe there are prizes for learning everything before a certain…

Culture | Learning | Lifestyle

The Great Repertoire

I’ve reached a point in my life where I don’t depend on the people in my life for happiness, I’m quite happy whether I’m with my family, spouse, best friend or favorite pet or alone.  Don’t misunderstand:  All of the dancers on the floor with me certainly enhance my life and my happiness in profound…