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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 by Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J. in AWARENESS

“When you finally awake, you don’t try to make good things happen; they just happen. You understand suddenly that everything that happens to you is good. Think of some people you’re living with whom you want to change. You find … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, June 2nd, 2017 by Fr. Anthony DeMello S.J., in AWARENESS

“The heart in love remains soft and sensitive. But when you’re hell-bent on getting this or the other thing, you become ruthless, hard, and insensitive. How can you love people when you need people? You can only use them. If … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, March 31st, 2017 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“Pleasant experiences make life delightful. Painful experiences lead to growth. Pleasant experiences make life delightful, but they don’t lead to growth in themselves. What leads to growth is painful experiences. Suffering points up an area in you where you have … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“Do you know what eternal life is? You think it’s everlasting life. But your own theologians will tell you that that is crazy, because everlasting is still within time. It is time enduring forever. Eternal means timeless – no time. … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, March 11th, 2016 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“We were told that happiness is a smooth complexion, a holiday resort. It isn’t these things, but we have subtle ways of making our happiness depend on other things, both within and outside us. We say, “I refuse to be … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, December 21st, 2015 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“Craving distorts and destroys perception. Fears and desires haunt us. Samuel Johnson said, “The knowledge that he is to swing from a scaffold within a week wonderfully concentrates a man’s mind.” You blot out everything else and concentrate only on … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Friday, November 13th, 2015 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“To say no to people – that’s wonderful; that’s part of waking up. Part of waking up is that you live your life as you see fit. And understand: That is NOT selfish. The selfish thing is to demand that … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, October 26th, 2015 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“Do you know one sign that you’ve woken up? It’s when you are asking yourself, “Am I crazy, or are all of them crazy?” It really is. Because we are crazy. The whole world is crazy. Certifiable lunatics! The only … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“The harder you try to change, the worse it can get. Does this mean that a certain degree of passivity is all right? Yes, the more you resist something, the greater power you give to it. That’s the meaning, I … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“The person who is asleep always thinks he’ll feel better if somebody else changes. You’re suffering because you are asleep, but you’re thinking, “How wonderful life would be if somebody else would change; how wonderful life would be if my … Continue reading

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Best of PONDER on THIS for Friday, January 16th, 2015 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“What kind of feeling comes upon you when you’re in touch with nature, or when you’re absorbed in work that you love? Or when you’re really conversing with someone whose company you enjoy in openness and intimacy without clinging? What … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, December 15th, 2014 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“A guru was once attempting to explain to a crowd how human beings react to words, feed on words, live on words, rather than on reality. One of the men stood up and protested; he said, “I don’t agree that … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“Don’t ask the world to change – you change first. Then you’ll get a good enough look at the world so that you’ll be able to change whatever you think ought to be changed. Take the obstruction out of your … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“There is yet another illusion, that it is important to be respectable, to be loved and appreciated, to be important. Many say we have a natural urge to be loved and appreciated, to belong. That’s false. Drop this illusion and … Continue reading

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BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Fr. Anthony DeMello in AWARENESS

“Who’s living in you? It’s pretty horrifying when you come to know that. You think you are free, but there probably isn’t a gesture, a thought, an emotion, an attitude, a belief in you that isn’t coming from someone else. … Continue reading

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