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In our uniqueness lies our universality. By being what only we are, we contribute to humanity what only we can give. --Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (in First Aid for Spiritual Seekers)

Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me. --Carlos Fuentes (in Refugee Docents Bring a Global Museum to Life)

Acts of caregiving come as close to what I think religion is as I could name. --Arthur Kleinman (in The Soul of Care)

Silence is the answer. And silence arises when we are willing to let go of everything we have built up so far, and continue from there. Not to want to perform to become what we pursue-- but to become who we are. --Gert van Leeuwen (in Learning to Move from Strength Instead of Strain)

Trees do not preach learning and precepts. They preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life. --Herman Hesse (in 111 Trees)

Only in silence the word, only in dark the light, only in dying life: bright the hawk's flight on the empty sky. --Ursula K. Le Guin (in Jane Rosen: Stay Here. Tell My Story.)

The greatest healing would be to wake up from what we are not. --Mooji (in Justin Michael Williams: Stay Woke)

Until we define happiness for ourselves, clearly seeing the difference between excitement and joy, for example, our habits will likely not change. We will keep returning to the fruits of our desires --Judson Brewer (in A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit)

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. --Rabindranath Tagore (in She Transformed Her Trauma into a Path of Service)

Everything we see and touch consists of matter rearranged by information and energy. Everything is in connections and bonds. Life, mind, and love, our human nature, have been created in partnership with the rules that run the world. --Paul R. Fleischman (in The Wonder of the Universe is Wondering in Us)

Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. --Rossiter W. Raymond (in Love Letters from La Pineta)

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. --Lao Tzu (in Insight-Out: Guiding Rage into Power)

So often, we leave the selfless side of ourselves for nights and weekends, for our charity work. It is our duty to inject that into our day-to-day business, into the work that we do, to improve corporations, to improve civil society, and to improve government. --Leila Janah (in Growing Your Own Garden: Emotional Resilience for Entrepreneurs)

This wonderful elixir of light is the thing that actually connects the immaterial with the material - that connects the cosmic to the plain everyday existence that we try to live in.
--James Turrell
(in Living Light)

In our estrangement from nature we have severed our sense of the community of life and lost touch with the experience of other animals. ...understanding the human animal becomes easier in context, seeing our human thread woven into the living web among the strands of so many others. --Carl Safina (in Of Wild Wolves And Bottle-Fed Squirrels)

Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable.
Be joyful though you have considered all the facts. --Wendell Berry
(in Serious Fun)

Grief and love are sisters, woven together from the beginning. Their kinship reminds us that there is no love that does not contain loss and no loss that is not a reminder of the love we carry for what we once held close. --Francis Weller (in Gratitude, Grief and Finding Your Yes)

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity --John Muir (in Wild Soul: A Nature Poem)

Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. --Kahlil Gibran (in Meaning and the Song of the Soul)

Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am. --Parker Palmer (in Herd: A Spiritual Journey)

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. --Albert Schweitzer (in Shari Swanson: A Storyteller Rediscovers Her Song)

Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. --Rachel Naomi Remen (in Rachel Remen: The Soul of Medicine)

Occasionally in life one develops a conviction so precious and meaningful that he will stand on it till the end. That is what I have found in nonviolence. --Martin Luther King, Jr. (in Understanding King's Nonviolence)

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. --Martin Luther King, Jr. (in Serotiny: The Story of Lead to Life)

The creative process is a process of surrender not control. --Julia Cameron (in The Artist's Way for Parents)

We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer. --Dietrich Bonhoeffer (in I Wish My Teacher Knew...)

No person, I think, ever saw a herd of buffalo, of which a few were fat and the great majority lean. No person ever saw a flock of birds, of which two or three were swimming in grease, and the others all skin and bone. --Henry George (in Treatable Deaths are Also Violence)

Believing that your qualities are carved in stone --the fixed mindset--creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over. --Carol Dweck (in How to Overcome a False Growth Mindset)

Give your fullest attention to whatever the moment presents. --Eckhart Tolle (in Shaped by a Silky Attention)

Negativity is an addiction to the bleak shadow that lingers around every human form...you can transfigure negativity by turning it toward the light of your soul. --John O'Donohue (in Overcoming the Brain's Negativity Bias)

To heal means to "make whole," and when we feel whole we are in touch with the whole world. --Michael Meade (in Seeking Wholeness in a Time of Brokenness)

I believe that you live on inside the hearts and minds of everyone you've touched while you were here on earth.
--Mitch Albom
(in Finding Chika)

The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness,
And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream. --Kahlil Gibran
(in Kahlil Gibran on Befriending Time)

Everybody has a heart that can be touched by something. --Naoki Higashida (in The Reason I Jump: A Book by a 13-Year-Old Boy with Autism)

Understanding and loving are inseparable. If they are separate, it is a cerebral process and the door to essential understanding remains closed. --Erich Fromm (in Erich Fromm's Six Rules of Listening)

We all flow from one fountain -- Soul. All are expressions of one love. --John Muir (in One Love)

A choir is made up of many voices, including yours and mine. If .one by one all go silent then all that will be left are the soloists. Don't let a loud few determine the nature of the sound. It makes for poor harmony and diminishes the song. --Vera Nazarian (in Why Singing in a Choir Makes You Happier)

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.

--Aldous Huxley
(in Reflection)

There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul. --Kristin Armstrong (in Why I Run)

What will those who come after us think of us? Will they envy us that we saw butterflies and mockingbirds, penguins and little brown bats? --Derrick Jensen (in Beyond Civilization)

Within sorrow is grace. When we come close to those things that break us down, we touch those things that also break us open. And in that breaking open, we uncover our true nature. --Wayne Muller (in United in Change)

While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living. --Cyril Connolly (in Orion's 25 Most-Read Articles of the Decade)

When we tell them that the tree is not a who, but an it, we make that maple an object; we put a barrier between us, absolving ourselves of moral responsibility and opening the door to exploitation. --Robin Wall Kimmerer (in Speaking of Nature)

O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, how can we know the dancer from the dance? --William Butler Yeats (in In Search of the Man Who Broke My Neck)

Sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare. --Mike McIntyre (in The Sound of One Hand Clapping)

I came into poetry feeling as though, on some level, these words were not just mine but my grandparents', their parents'. --Joy Harjo (in Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings)

Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire. --Jorge Luis Borges (in Late Migrations: A Jeweled Patchwork of Nature and Culture)

The first and most important choice a leader makes is the choice to serve, without which one's capacity to lead is severely limited. --Robert Greenleaf (in Leading Above the Line)

Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear. --Nelson Mandela (in METAdrasi: Escorting Children to Freedom and Hope)

The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men. --Henry David Thoreau (in Caped Crusaders)


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