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Solidarity is based on the principle that we are willing to put ourselves at risk to protect each other. --Starhawk (in 7 Ways Protestors Showed Up For Black Lives)

I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole. --Malcolm X (in Activism in a Pandemic : Progressive Examples from Australia)

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. --James Baldwin (in Zadie Smith on Optimism and Despair)

There is no water in oxygen, no water in hydrogen: it comes bubbling fresh from the imagination of the living God, rushing from under the great white throne of the glacier. The very thought of it makes one gasp with an elemental joy no metaphysician can analyze. --George McDonald (in Deep Water-- A Conversation with Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee)

For true self--remembering is the consciousness of one's relation with another in the presence of a higher power. --Rodney Collin (in Freedom from Addiction: The Presence of a Moment)

These three things leads to positive non-linear results: clarity, focus, and time. Simple but not easy. --Shane Parrish (in NBA Mental Coach Shares 7 Ways You Can Thrive Under Pressure)

I would not give a fig for the simplicity on this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity. --Oliver Wendell Holmes (in Turning Ourselves Towards Stability and Hospitality)

Every day we have a choice. We can take the easier road, the more cynical road, which is a road sometimes based on a dream of a past that never was, fear of each other, distancing and blame, or we can take the much more difficult path, the road of transformation, transcendence, compassion, and love, but also accountability and justice. --Jacqueline Novogratz (in Manifesto for a Moral Revolution)

Leadership is about the capacity of the whole system to sense and actualize the future that wants to emerge. --Otto Scharmer (in Vertical Literacy: Reimagining the 21st-Century University)

Our heart knows what our mind has forgotten -- it knows the sacred that is within all that exists, and through a depth of feeling we can once again experience this connection, this belonging. --Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee (in Contact with the Sacred)

Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me. --Albert Schweitzer (in How I am Finding Purpose and Connection in a Pandemic)

Make yourself fierce; break in. And then your great transforming will happen to me And my great grief cry will happen to you. --Rainer Maria Rilke (in Grieving My Way Into Loving the Planet)

It is only through the pursuit of practical and effective efforts to promote human rights that we show our real commitment to the welfare of individuals and society. --Alexander Downer (in The Last Nail in Individualism's Coffin?)

When one tugs at a single thing in nature,
he finds it attached to the rest of the world. --John Muir
(in 5 Poems to Celebrate National Poetry Month)

Nine-tenths of education is encouragement. --Anatole France (in Educate the Heart)

In all my deeds may I probe into my mind, and as soon as mental and emotional afflictions arise-- as they endanger myself and others-- may I strongly confront them and avert them. --Geshe Langri Thangpa (in Eight Verses for Training the Mind)

You are only free when you realize you belong to no place -- you belong to every place -- no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great. --Maya Angelou (in Resilient Threads: Weaving Joy and Meaning into Well-Being)

In order to deal with the chaos that exists in the world today, you need some grounding. That grounding best comes from knowing who you are. --Michael Ray (in Beyond Overwhelm into Refuge)

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. --Margaret Mead (in Appalachia's Front Porch Network Is A Lifeline)

Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception. --Dan Millman (in The Value of Being Uncomfortable)

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. --Mahatma Gandhi (in Health for All: The Journey of Dr. Abhay Bhang)

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final. --Rainer Maria Rilke
(in Views on a Pandemic)

Between the dark sky and the dark earth
we hang a light in a dark tree
and sing of our wonder together --Pir Elias Amidon
(in Gathering Gratefully in the Time of Coronavirus)

Our broken forest is in our hearts and in our children's tears --Diana Beresford-Kroeger (in Diana Beresford-Kroeger: The Call of the Trees)

The sooner we shift towards the local, the sooner we will begin healing our planet, our communities and ourselves. --Helena Norberg-Hodge (in Greg Tehven: Business, Local Community and Love)

Solidarity involves commitment, and work, as well as the recognition that even if we do not have the same feelings, or the same lives, or the same bodies, we do live on common ground. --Sara Ahmed (in Going Into the Hospital: COVID 19 (Poem))

Change is not about putting a different kind of people in power but a different kind of power in people. --Michael Nagler (in COVID Era Shows Gandhi's Ideal of Practical Idealism is Possible)

Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World and it will one day return there. --Paulo Cohelo (in The Little Priestess: Listen with the Ear of the Heart)

We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. --Gwendolyn Brooks (in Together Apart: Letters from Isolation)

Your art is the place you always return to. It's the place without borders, time, or expectation. It is a geography of longing that maps its own meaning. --Pat Benincasa (in A Geometry of the Heart )

Faith in the creative process, in the dynamics of emergence, in the values and purposes that transcend past achievements and past forms, is the precondition of all further growth. --Lewis Mumford (in From Emergency to Emergence)

We fill our days with ongoing connection, denying ourselves time to think and dream. --Sherry Turkle (in The Capacity for Successful Solitude)

Listening connects us and heals the hurt we carry--we can make a world of difference for one another by listening. --Patty Wipfler (in Helping Parents When Parenting Gets Hard)

I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. --T.S. Eliot (in Where Fear Meets Hope: Stories from Around the Globe)

I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being. --Hafiz (in How to Be Alone)

You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with. --Wayne Dyer (in Alone But Not Lonely)

Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value. --Desmond Tutu (in SUPERHERO: A Music Video for Our Times)

Intellect has its own use; make the most out of it. But when it's time to make a decision, listen to your heart. That's what I do. --Milan Rai (in Following Butterflies: A Conversation with Milan Rai)

As I get older, I realize that the thing I value the most is good-heartedness. --Alice Walker (in This is Me at 68: Elders Reflect During Crisis)

The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope. --Wendell Berry (in Earth Day at 50)

Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world's deep need. --Frederick Buechner (in Rachel Remen: The Grace of Being Seen)

Whether we or our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
--Wendell Berry
(in The Art of Being Creatures)

Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic -- this is the spiritual path. --Pema Chodron (in Three Methods for Working with Chaos)

Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow. --Alice Mackenzie Swaim (in How to Lead a More Courageous Life )

Let the good in me connect with the good in others, until all the world is transformed through the compelling power of love. --Nachman of Breslov (in Powered by Love --- an Emerging Worldview)

Look back along the endless corridors of time and you will see that four things have built civilization: the spirit of religion, the spirit of creative art, the spirit of research and the spirit of business enterprise. --Neil Carothers (in Phil Chan on Art, Civilization & Empathy)

Darkness is your candle.
Your boundaries are your quest.
You must have shadow and light source both.
Listen, and lay your head under the tree of awe. --Rumi
(in Palpable Dark & Light: Parenting in the COVID Era)

Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt in solitude, where we are least alone. --Lord Byron (in Seeking Solitude in Nature: A Meditation Teacher's Story)

Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It's the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else's pain is as meaningful as your own. --Barbara Kingsolver (in This Is Not a Rehearsal)

There is a huge silence inside each of us that beckons us into itself, and the recovery of our own silence can begin to teach us the language of heaven. --Meister Eckhart (in Call to Prayer)


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