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By activating your own goodness within, under any circumstances --especially in hard or difficult conditions -- life itself will lead to goodness. --Master Mingtong Gu (in What Qi Gong Taught One Doctor About Healing)

The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble. --Blaise Pascal (in The Earth Treasure Vase Healing Project)

Consciousness is never static or complete but is an unending process of movement and unfoldment. --David Bohm (in Infinite Potential: The Life and Ideas of David Bohm)

The Hopis consider running a form of prayer; they offer every step as a sacrifice to a loved one, and in return ask the Great Spirit to match their strength with some of his own. --Christopher McDougall (in Spirit Run: The Story of a 6000 Mile Relay)

Listen. Are you breathing just a little and calling it a life? --Mary Oliver (in Breathing Miracles Into Being: The Linda Scotson Technique)

The one single factor that determines society's success is the percentage of change-makers within it. --Bill Drayton (in Bill Drayton: Half the Population is Out of the Game)

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. --Mahatma Gandhi (in Venkat Krishnan: The Joy of Giving)

Now man cannot live without some vision of himself. But still less can he live with a vision that is not true to his inner experience and inner feeling. --D.H. Lawrence (in DH Lawrence on Trees, Solitudes and What Roots Us)

There's a morning when presence comes over your soul. You sing like a rooster in your earth-colored shape. Your heart hears and, no longer frantic, begins to dance. --Rumi (in The Fragrance of Prayer)

Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations. --Paramahansa Yogananda (in Random Acts of Kindness Education Workshops)

To live into the future means to leap into the unknown, and this requires a degree of courage for which there is no immediate precedent and which few people realize. --Rollo May (in The Courage Way: Leading and Living with Integrity )

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, a human cannot live without a spiritual life. --The Buddha (in Reduced or Realigned?)

Our Ancestors knew that healing comes in cycles and circles. One generation carries the pain so that the next can live and heal. --Gemma B. Benton (in How Trauma & Resilience Cross Generations)

Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. --John Lewis (in John Lewis on Love & the Seedbed of Personal Strength)

All systems of oppression are adaptive; they can withstand and adjust to challenges and still maintain inequality. --Robin DiAngelo (in Talking White Fragility with Robin DiAngelo)

What if we started economics not with its long-established theories but with humanity's long-term goals, and then sought out the economic thinking that would enable us to achieve them? --Kate Raworth (in Kate Raworth: Renegade Economist)

A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. --Brene Brown (in john powell on Othering & Belonging)

Forgiveness is just another name for freedom. --Byron Katie (in The Holocaust Survivor Who Forgave the Nazis)

There is no beyond, there is only here, the infinitely small, infinitely great and utterly demanding present. --Iris Murdoch (in Iris Murdoch on Storytelling & Why Art is Essential to Democracy)

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. --Abraham Lincoln (in Designing Schools of the Future)

Because I am a part of the Big Picture, I do matter and substantially so. Because I am only a part, however, I am rightly situated off to stage right-- and happily so. What freedom there is in such truth! --Richard Rohr (in Big Picture Competition: Celebrating Earth's Diversity)

In a place where there are no humans, one must strive to be human. --Hillel the Elder (in Freedom in Prison: The Story of My Great-Grandfather)

We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. --Gwendolyn Brooks (in Hood Feminism: A Call For Solidarity)

What I want in my life is compassion, a flow between myself and others based on a mutual giving from the heart. --Marshall B. Rosenberg (in Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life)

Empathy is connecting with the emotion that someone is experiencing, not the event or the circumstance. --Brene Brown (in Empathy vs Sympathy)

Conflict can be seen as a gift of energy, in which neither side loses and a new dance is created. --Thomas Crum (in We Have to Talk: A Checklist for Difficult Conversations)

Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond. --Robin Wall Kimmerer (in Robin Wall Kimmerer on the Language of Animacy)

Addictions always originate in pain, whether felt openly or hidden in the unconscious. --Gabor Mate (in Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong)

This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls. --John Muir (in World At Dawn)

To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living. --Henri Frederic Amiel (in Advice from 100-Year-Olds)

Resonance reveals the deep reality that we are a part of a larger whole, that we need one another, and, in some ways, that we are created by the ongoing dance within, between, and among us. --John Prendergast (in The Dynamic Mystery of Relationships)

Without the playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable. --Carl Jung (in Hidden Stories: Paintings by Diane Ding)

Go where your best prayers take you. --Frederick Buechner (in A Pandemic Poem-Prayer)

What is now proved was once only imagined. --William Blake (in What Did Sisyphus Dream Of?)

Your body -- all of our bodies -- are where changing the status quo must begin. --Resmaa Menakem (in How to Support Antiracism in Yourself & in the World)

The wide belt of the universe has no need for finger-rings. I am one with the infinite and need no other assurance. --Zora Neale Hurston (in Zora Neale Hurston: How It Feels to Be Colored Me)

We are a people. A people do not throw their geniuses away. And if they are thrown away, it is our duty as artists and as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children, and, if necessary, bone by bone. --Alice Walker (in Hard Times Require Furious Dancing)

In absolute terms, the personal self is not ultimately real; at the relative level, it must be respected. --John Welwood (in John Welwood: On Spiritual Bypassing & Human Relationship)

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. --George Washington Carver (in People Helped You Whether You Knew It Or Not)

All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused. --Martha Graham (in Amisha Harding: The Accidental Activist)

You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself. --Alan Watts (in No Victims, No Heroes: We Are Each Other)

Having eyes, but not seeing beauty; having ears, but not hearing music; having minds, but not perceiving truth; having hearts that are never moved and therefore never set on fire. These are the things to fear, said the headmaster. --Tetsuko Kuroyanagi (in Totto Chan: The Little Girl at the Window)

We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain which lasts three weeks and produces freshets. We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander. --Henry David Thoreau (in The Taste of Wild Water)

Science and poetry are, in fact, inseparable. By providing a vision of life, of Earth, of the universe in all its splendor, science does not challenge human values; it can inspire human values. It does not negate faith; it celebrates faith. --Jacques-Yves Cousteau (in The Poet & the Scientist)

Peace is the only battle worth waging. --Albert Camus (in The Very Best Way to Pray for Peace)

When artists give form to revelation, their art can advance, deepen and potentially transform the consciousness of their community. --Alex Grey (in Lonnie Holley: The Man is the Music)

Trauma has the power to rob our lives of vitality and destroy it. However, we can also use it for powerful self-renewal and transformation. Trauma, resolved, is a blessing from a greater power. --Peter Levine (in Peter Levine and Thomas Huebl: Healing Trauma & Spiritual Growth)

Change always involves a dark night when everything falls apart. Yet if this period of dissolution is used to create new meaning, then chaos ends and new order emerges. --Meg Wheatley (in Warriors Wanted: Training People to Defend the Human Spirit)

We are, in other words, continuous with everything here on earth. Including, and especially, each other. --Eula Bliss (in Eula Bliss: Talking About Whiteness)

What is humanity, really, but a family of families? --Vivek Murthy (in Former Surgeon General's Book on Human Connection)


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