According to the Sufis, God’s very essence—God’s substance—is love. Love is the agent of creation. Sufism does not allow for the concept of creation ex nihilo because, before there was anything, there was love: that is, God loving God’s self in the primordial state of unity. It was only when God desired to express this love to an “other” that humanity was created in the image of the Divine. Humanity, then, is God made manifest; it is God objectified through love.
Reza Aslan, No god but God (via tohavewritten)
Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.
Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer (via elige)
Dear one, I am really there for you;
Dear one, I know that you are there,
and I am really happy about it;
Dear one, I know that you are suffering,
and that is why I am here for you;
Dear one, I am suffering, please help.
Four Mantras, True Love - Thich Nhat Hanh