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My constant prayer for myself is to be used in service for the greater good. --Oprah Winfrey (in The Woman Behind India's First Testing Kit)

Hope is a decisive element in any attempt to bring about social change in the direction of greater aliveness, awareness, and reason. But the nature of hope is often misunderstood and confused with attitudes that have nothing to do with hope and in fact are the very opposite. --Erich Fromm (in Erich Fromm: The Antidote to Helplessness and Disorientation)

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore. --William Faulkner (in Krista Tippett on Hope)

Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another. --Toni Morrison (in What an Insect Can Teach Us About Adapting to Stress)

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. --Lao Tzu (in Caring For Self and Others in Troubled Times)

In times of crisis, people reach for meaning. Meaning is strength. Our survival may depend on our seeking and finding it. --Viktor Frankl (in How Does A Heart of Service Respond to These Times?)

Everything that is in the heavens, on earth, and under the earth is penetrated with connectedness, penetrated with relatedness --Hildegard of Bingen (in Humanity's Wake Up Call)

We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else.
--Elie Wiesel
(in Teaching & Learning from the Heart in Troubled Times)

The simple act of caring is heroic. --Edward Albert (in Canada's Caremongering Trend)

If we amplify everything, we hear nothing. --Jon Stewart (in Love in the Time of Coronavirus)

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. --Charles DuBois (in Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus)

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. --Martin Luther King Jr. (in Connected)

Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis. --Martha Beck (in From What Is to What If)

Being able to self-activate positive experiences -- to call up inner strengths at will -- is fundamental to coping, well-being, and everyday effectiveness. With practice, these experiences and strengths will increasingly activate on their own. --Rick Hanson (in Being Resilient During Coronavirus)

It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others. --Dalai Lama (in The One Most Important Thing You Can Do Right Now)

As life becomes harder and more threatening, it also becomes richer, because the fewer expectations we have, the more the good things of life become unexpected gifts that we accept with gratitude. --Etty Hillesum (in Living Gratefully in the Time of Corona Virus)

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do. --Clarissa Pinkola Estes (in Do Not Lose Heart -- We Were Made for These Times)

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. --Sarah Williams (in The Longest Night)

We cannot let our ideas blind us to our unknowing. --Jane Hirschfield (in The Slow Joy of Jane Hirshfield's Ledger)

In a time of crisis we all have the potential to morph up to a new level and do things we never thought possible.

--Stuart Wilde
(in Stories of Kindness from Wuhan)

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. --Thornton Wilder (in The Nature of Gratitude)

Connection and connectedness are other words for community and communion. --Parker Palmer (in The Island's Only Taxi)

I don't even try to persuade people to be artistic. I just say it's permissible. --Davis Dimock (in Davis Dimock: The Gift)

Love, oneness, is no separation between you and life. It is a progressive letting go, a progressive not fault finding... It's very beautiful and very deep. --Ajahn Brahm (in The Monkey and the River)

No matter how few possessions you own or how little money you have, loving wildlife and nature will make you rich beyond measure. --Paul Oxton (in A Window as Wide as the World)

We're all human. It's the most important, neglected fact in business. --Chip Conley (in What Baby Boomers & Millennials Can Teach Each Other)

Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. --Maya Angelou (in How the Jump Rope Got Its Rhythm )

The moment that judgement stops through acceptance of what it is, you are free of the mind. You have made room for love, for joy, for peace --Eckhart Tolle (in Accepting What Is)

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)


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