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"If you cannot find tranquility in the midst of disturbance, you will not be tranquil even in the midst of tranquility. When inner tranquility comes to a man, everything inside him will be tranquil, and he will not be disturbed by anything." (Elder Paisios the Athonite)

“Evagrius speaks of this tranquility and observes that those who know it are somehow aware of a luminous quality. Moreover, this tranquility abides even as we “behold the affairs of life.” Life still happens…we experience tragedy, failure. Yet in all we are the tranquil awareness that grounds and presides and is one with all, whether things are going well in life or all hell is breaking loose.” (Martin Laird)

“Behold, thou art made whole; sin no more.” [John 5:14] Experience proves that sins and passions destroy the health of the soul and the body, whilst victory over the passions affords heavenly tranquility and health both to the soul and the body. Conquer the many-headed hydra of sin - and you will be made whole. Preserve tranquility of spirit; do not be disturbed, do not be irritated by any opposition, offences, negligences, injustices - and then you will always enjoy spiritual and bodily health. Emotions, disturbance, and the fire of various passions produce in us a multitude of maladies both of mind and body.” (St. John of Kronstadt)

“How many of us really want life, life more abundant, life which does not promise any fringe benefits or early retirement plans? Life which does not promise the absence of pain, or love which is not vulnerable and open to hurt? The number of people who attempt to withdraw from life through the abuse of alcohol, tranquilizers, barbiturates is statistically shocking.” (Madeleine L'Engle)

“…many Americans live their lives in…the ‘fast lane…’ In the course of our busy lives, prayer often gets neglected. If we have not developed a prayer routine that sets aside a time each, preferably around the same time, our prayer life can suffer…prayer also needs to be some quite time alone with God. That is why Jesus often took His disciple to a secluded place to pray…we need to rest our minds and bodies and turn to the Lord in prayer. Only when we move ourselves out of the ‘fast lane’…can we hope to achieve true peace and tranquility as found in God alone.” (Marianne C. Sailus)

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