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In some Native languages the term for plants translates to "those who take care of us." --Robin Wall Kimmerer (in The Teachings of Grass)

The secret of aikido is to make yourself become one with the universe and to go along with its natural movements. --Morihei Ueshiba (in Soft Power: A Magnetic Approach to Practice)

I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine. --Emily Dickinson (in Vesuvius at Home: The Power of Emily Dickinson)

A person's a person, no matter how small. --Dr. Seuss (in When Old and Young Connect)

The main thing is that you're showing up, that you're here and that you're finding ever more capacity to love this world because it will not be healed without that. --Joanna Macy (in The Work that Reconnects)

Except we love, all news comes as from a distant land. --Mary Oliver (in Creating Welcoming Space)

Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity. --Gilda Radner
(in Uncomfortable Place of Uncertainty)

The outline of our lives, like the candle's flame, is continuously coaxed in new directions by a variety of random events that, along with our responses to them, determine our fate --Leonard Mlodinow (in The Daily Opportunity in Randomness)

When gifts circulate within a group, their commerce leaves a series of interconnected relationships in its wake, and a kind of decentralized cohesiveness emerges.
--Lewis Hyde
(in Gift Ecology: A Conversation with Nipun Mehta)

If one person believes in you, youre okay. --Barbara Ganzkow (in Flying the Big Ones)

Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. --Howard Thurman (in Rachael Flatt: From Olympic Rink to Research Lab)

To study the Buddha Way is to study the self; to study the self is to forget the self; to forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. --Dogen (in A Primer for Forgetting)

One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter. --James Earl Jones (in Coastal Communication: A Mother and Son's Moving Collaboration)

Racism isn't just what you say, think, do, and feel. It is also what you allow. --DaShanne Stokes (in What Does it Take to Be Racially Literate?)

In the dark times, will there also be singing? Yes, there will be singing About the dark times. --Bertolt Brecht (in Cellist Plays Bach in the Shadow of the US-Mexico Border)

Art is a wound turned into light. --Georges Braque (in The Table of Voices)

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. --Martin Luther King Jr. (in Meet Fadak: Australia's Inspiring Refugee Advocate)

Solitude is the richness of self. --May Sarton (in Island of Plenty)

Nothing brings down walls as surely as acceptance. --Deepak Chopra (in Equanimity, Mindfulness and Politics)

To learn that the most practical thing in life is to be idealistic is an enormous gift. --Godfrey Reggio (in If Life Wins There Will Be No Losers)

Between stimulus and response there is a space, in that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. --Viktor Frankl (in How to Have Difficult Conversations)

No permanence is ours; we are a wave
That flows to fit whatever form it finds. --Hermann Hesse
(in Lessons of Impermanence)

Male initiation does not move toward machoism; on the contrary, it moves toward achieving a cultivated heart before we die. --Robert Bly (in A Gathering of Men with Robert Bly)

People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it's the other way around. --Terry Pratchett (in Helping Hospitals Discover the Person Within the Patient)

We are told that making money and consuming things is what we do. Is this the same as making a living and eating with friends? --John Evans (in Make a Living, Make a Life)

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking. --John Kenneth Galbraith (in How Conformity Can Be Good and Bad for Society)

Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn't know possible. --Tia Walker (in Navigating the Transition into Caregiving)

Weeds are transparently close to us. Yet we don't see them. There is something about that, their being right in front of us and our not seeing them, that made me think this really needed to be looked at. --Doug Burgess (in Weeds: A Conversation with Doug Burgess)

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. --Mother Teresa (in How a Simple Human Smile Saved His Life)

Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows. --Henry David Thoreau (in Meredith's Joy Jars)

We do have enough time. Life is long, if we listen to ourselves often enough, and look up. --Erling Kagge (in Why We Walk)

I ask you to please wake up and make changes required possible --Greta Thunberg (in School Strike for Climate Change)

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there. --Rumi
(in A New Republic of the Heart)

The whole process of learning is asking questions and making mistakes and taking risks. --Denise Pope (in How Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?)

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. --Dalai Lama (in Happiness is Practice, Not Pleasure)

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. --Gilbert K. Chesterton (in The Gift of Humility)

Deep trust in life is not a feeling but a stance that you deliberately take. It is the attitude we call courage. --Br. David Steindl-Rast (in Deepening Our Comfort with Uncertainty)

We give dignity to each other by the way we listen to each other, in a spirit of trust and of dying to oneself so that the other may live, grow and give. --Jean Vanier (in Farewell to Jean Vanier)

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. ---Franklin D. Roosevelt- (in Cultivating Courage in Young People)

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. --Anais Nin (in Kitbull: A Moving Story of Friendship Between Dog and Cat)

Sleep is the best meditation. ---Dalai Lama- (in Sleep is Your Superpower)

When the gift moves in a circle its motion is beyond the control of the personal ego, and so each bearer must be a part of the group and each donation is an act of social faith. --Lewis Hyde (in How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World)

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well --Ralph Waldo Emerson (in Solar Sister)

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another. --Helen Keller (in Heroines of Health)

The patterns we perceive are determined by the stories we want to believe. --John Verndon (in Humanity's Path to a Flourishing Future)

In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.

--Paulo Coelho
(in Trailhead)

Attending to life is an act of love. --Katie Rubinstein (in Mother's Day: Belonging to Each Other)

Don't we all die someday and someday comes all too soon? What will you do with your own wild, glorious chance at this thing we call life? --Mary Oliver (in The Courageous Mary Oliver)

Looking at the Earth and the universe from the stand point of awe, wonder and radical amazement at the grandeur and magnificent mystery of all being. That's what the new bottom line is about. --Rabbi Michael Lerner (in Scott Fry is a Loving Earthling)

A contraction is an expansion waiting to happen. It just needs to be unpacked a little first. --Diane Poole Heller (in We Are Designed for Connection)


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