In gentleness, the world beats as one


The word “gentle” comes from the Latin, gentilis, which means “belonging to the same family”. That brings to mind Thomas Berry’s observation that the trees and grasses are our genetic cousins, our kin; and that the earth itself is born of the same star matter from which we are made.

When we pick up a teapot gently, we embrace the kinship of the ordinary world.  To see that subtle kinship around you – to see family, is to open your heart to your life.  To be gentle with the world is to feel the kinship of it.  In gentleness, the ordinary heart meets the ordinary world, and they are found to beat as one.”

~Philip Shepherd