“Cityscape” –|– Anthony Satori
“Love is the crowning grace of humanity, the holiest right of the soul, the golden link which binds us to duty and truth, the redeeming principle that chiefly reconciles the heart to life, and is prophetic of eternal good.”
“Benevolent Light” | Anthony Satori
Every day, every moment, the universe is patiently waiting for us to pull softly on the strings of the blinds and let its light flow in. Take a deep breath, calm your thoughts, and center your spirit. And then mindfully take action toward something good. Take action toward love, hope, kindness. Take action toward health, joy, deeper understanding. Even the smallest such act, done with a genuine heart, is an invitation for the universe to immerse us in its benevolent light.
“Invincible Summer” | Anthony Satori
“My dear, in the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy.
For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me,
within me, there’s something stronger —
something better, pushing right back.”
— Albert Camus
“Sincere Longing” | Anthony Satori
“Only the wise know just where predestination ends and free will begins. Meanwhile, you must keep on doing your best, according to your own clearest understanding. You must long for freedom as the drowning man longs for air. Without sincere longing, you will never find God.”
— Paramahansa Yogananda
“Lemonade” | Anthony Satori
“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.”
— Bill Watterson
“Thoreau’s Cooking Stove” | Anthony Satori
“I sometimes left a good fire when I went to take a walk in a winter afternoon; and when I returned, three or four hours afterward, it would be still alive and glowing. My house was not empty though I was gone. It was as if I had left a cheerful housekeeper behind. It was I and Fire that lived there.”
“The next winter I used a small cooking-stove for economy… but it did not keep fire so well as the open fireplace. Cooking was then, for the most part, no longer a poetic, but merely a chemic process. It will soon be forgotten, in these days of stoves, that we used to roast potatoes in the ashes. The stove not only took up room and scented the house, but it concealed the fire, and I felt as if I had lost a companion. You can always see a face in the fire. The laborer, looking into it at evening, purifies his thoughts… But I could no longer sit and look into the fire.”
— Henry David Thoreau
“Walden House” | Anthony Satori
“My dwelling was small, and I could hardly entertain an echo in it; but it seemed larger for being a single apartment and remote from neighbors.”
“Walden House II (Interior)” | Anthony Satori
“All the attractions of a house were concentrated in one room; it was kitchen, chamber, parlor, and keeping-room; and whatever satisfaction [one may] derive from living in a house, I enjoyed it all.”
“Walden House III” | Anthony Satori
“The snow had already covered the ground… and surrounded me suddenly with the scenery of winter. I withdrew yet farther into my shell, and endeavored to keep a bright fire both within my house and within my breast.”
— Henry David Thoreau (Walden: Life in the Woods, 1854)
“Rain is Grace” | Anthony Satori
“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”
— John Updike
“Big with Wonder” | Anthony Satori
“Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.”
— Thomas Aquinas
“Seven Hills” | Anthony Satori
“The poet existed among the cave men; he will exist among men of the atomic age, for he is an inherent part of man. The need for poetry… is a spiritual need, and it is through the grace of poetry that the divine spark lives forever in the human flint.”
— Saint-John Perse
There is a spiritual need for art, poetry, music, literature, etc. Dreamers and their dreams, creators and their creations, seekers and their insights, lovers and the acts which arise from love — these are the vessels of the divine spark of the human spirit.