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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)

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)

A market exchange has an equilibrium or stasis: you pay to balance the scale. But when you give a gift there is momentum, and the weight shifts from body to body. --Lewis Hyde (in Night Shift at the Marriott)

I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion--and where it isn't, that's where my work lies. --Ram Dass (in Be Love Now)

When timeless moments solicit you, accept the invitation. Go deep within it, until you find yourself in your absence. --Jean Klein (in The Deep Heart)

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. --Gary Snyder (in Micah Mortali: Rewilding)

In the cherry blossom's shade
there's no such thing
as a stranger. --Kobayashi Issa
(in Cultivating Hospitality)

Today is the winter solstice. The planet tilts just so to its star, lists and holds circling in a fixed tension between veering and longing, and spins helpless, exalted, in and out of that fleet blazing touch. --Annie Dillard (in Annie Dillard on the Winter Solstice)

For all of us, becoming indigenous to a place means living as if your children's future mattered, to take care of the land as if our lives, both material and spiritual, depended on it. --Robin Wall Kimmerer (in What Does the Earth Ask of Us?)

Love is at once an affirmation and a transcendence of who we are. --Esther Perel (in Esther Perel: The Constant Dance Between Me and You)

What the universe will manifest when you are in alignment with it is a lot more interesting than what you try to manifest. --Adyashanti (in Silas Hagarty: Just Start Walking)

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate. --Carl Jung (in Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results)

Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.
--John Muir
(in Do You Remember Your Song)

Music may be the activity that prepared our pre-human ancestors for speech communication and for the very cognitive, representational flexibility necessary to become humans. --Daniel J. Levitin (in This Is Your Brain On Music)

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. --Soren Kierkegaard (in On Courage)

There is no neutrality. There is only greater or lesser awareness of one's bias. --Phyllis Rose (in How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them)

The limits of my language means the limits of my world. --Ludwig Wittgenstein (in The Lost Words)

The care of rivers is not a question of rivers but of the human heart. --Shozo Tanaka (in How an Army of Women Resurrected a River )

Deep down, very few of us want safety to suffocate freedom. --Joel Salatin (in The Biggest Little Farm)

You are a future ancestor and what you know today is going to be passed onto the next generations. Is your future as a future ancestor making you happy now, with the story you are writing today? --Baba Mandaza Augustine Kademwa (in Earth as Goddess)

The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become. --Robert Holden (in When I Wrote My Mom a Thank-You Letter)

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
--John Muir
(in How Place Can Connect Us to Gratitude)

rise
said the moon
and the new day came --Rupi Kaur
(in Spirit Bathing for the Worried and Beleaguered)

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality. --Arthur Schopenhauer (in Milo Runkle: Expanding Our Sphere of Concern)

Richard Maxwell says that your smart phone should have a tailpipe on it, so you understand that it is connected to the physical infrastructure that affects our planet. It's not just a magical box. --Jennifer Rauch (in Slow Media)

At first I thought I was fighting to save rubber trees, then I thought I was fighting to save the Amazon rain forest. Now I realize I am fighting for humanity --Chico Mendes (in Breath of the World)

If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. --Meister Eckhart (in A Chorus of Thank Yous)

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. --Stella Adler (in John Barton: A Certain Mathematics)

The connections we make in the course of a life--maybe that's what heaven is. --Fred Rogers (in Why We Turn to Mr. Rogers)

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. --Rachel Carson (in Falling in Love With the Earth)

Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. --Maya Angelou (in Secret to Life)

We release self -- a prime engine of suffering-- when we give from the heart. --Rick Hanson (in Paying It Forward: An Interview with Nipun Mehta)

A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is. --Bertrand Russell (in A Physicist's Message for Humanity)


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