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I go to nature to be soothed, healed and have my senses put in order.
--John Burroughs
(in How Nature Helps Us Heal)

I'm always astonished by a forest. It makes me realize that the fantasy of nature is much larger than my own fantasy. I still have things to learn. --Gunter Grass (in Old Growth: The Best Writing About Trees)

Woods and fields are a table always spread. --Henry David Thoreau (in The Art of Engagement)

Tolstoy wrote with the precision of the artist and the passion of the scientist. --Vladamir Nabokov (in Beauty & Science: A Conversation with Edward Johnson)

Where do we even start on the daily walk of restoration and awakening? We start where we are. --Anne Lamott (in A River Reawakened)

When you change the way you see people, your experience of people changes. --Nic Askew (in Soul Biographies: Nic Askew)

Beauty is not caused. It is. --Emily Dickinson (in Aura Glaser: Moments of Beauty)

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. --Leo Buscaglia (in Touch as Nutrition)

To wonder why some things settle in some bodies and not in others is to begin to ask questions about power, injustice, and inequity, questions that are bound in modern medicine with questions of colonialism. --Rupa Marya (in Health & Justice: The Path of Liberation Through Medicine)

I want to raise questions because I don't think I have the answers. --Hung Liu (in I Want to Raise Questions: A Conversation with Hung Liu )

Let us go singing as far as we go: the road will be less tedious.
--Virgil
(in Singing: Most Companionable of Arts)

The voice has its own intelligence and when you open it up, a lot of things come with it. --Barbara McAfee (in The Spirit of Yes)

It's paradoxical and it's fantastically benevolent that we can feel deeply in contact with the world around us as, and really only as, we cultivate that deep contact within ourselves. --Judith Blackstone (in Inhabiting the Ground of Being)

The most beautiful thing in the world to me is watching someone falling through their own stories. --Jolanda van den Berg (in Falling Through Our Stories)

Enlightenment to me is a movement in the here and now, not a goal to be reached. --Gert van Leeuwen (in Change Happens at the Edge of Our Comfort Zone)

The truth is, indeed, that love is the threshold of another universe.
--Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
(in Threshold Choir: An Interview with Kate Munger)

Every moment of light and dark is a miracle. --Walt Whitman (in Window of Possibility)

Simply walking into a forest is a holiday for your mind and soul, allowing your imagination and creativity to bloom --Diana Beresford-Kroeger (in Ecology by A.K. Ramanujam)

A bird is three things: Feathers, flight and song, And feathers are the least of these. --Marjorie Allen Seiffert (in For Love of Nectar: The Dazzling Sunbirds of India)

So it's true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love --E.A. Bucchianeri (in Mizuko Kuyo: A Unique Japanese Grieving Ritual)

All is connected... no one thing can change by itself. --Paul Hawken (in Calling Team Earth)

We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions. --Brene Brown (in Comparative Suffering & Compassion)

Navigating becomes a way of knowing, familiarity, and fondness. It is how you can fall in love with a mountain or a forest. --M.R. O'Connor (in Place, Personhood & the Hippocampus)

The extraordinary is waiting quietly beneath the skin of all that is ordinary. --Mark Nepo (in A Case for the Porch)

There isn't time -- so brief is life -- for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving -- and but an instant, so to speak, for that. --Mark Twain (in What Makes A Good Life?)

When we are being, not only are we collaborating with chronological time, but we are touching on kairos and are freed from the normal restrictions of time. --Madeleine L'Engle (in Getting Back in Time)

The memories of childhood have a strange shuttling quality, and areas of darkness ring the spaces of light. The memories of childhood are like clear candles in an acre of night, illuminating fixed scenes from surrounding darkness. --Carson McCullers (in Where I'm From...)

Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict - alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence. --Dorothy Thompson (in A Palestinian Woman Building Peace From the Bottom Up)

If you restore balance in your own self, you will be contributing immensely to the healing of the world. --Deepak Chopra (in The Difference Between Healing & Curing)

There is some strange intimacy between grief and aliveness, some sacred exchange between what seems unbearable and what is most exquisitely alive. --Francis Weller (in Two Simple Ways to Release Grief)

Ultimately, all moments are really one, therefore now is an eternity. --David Bohm (in Wholeness, Timelessness & Unfolding Meaning)

Every day I make a choice to transcend the negative and use every moment that there is breath in this body to positively impact the world around me. --Preethi Srinivasan (in Between Grit and Grace)

The world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things. --Mary Oliver
(in I Am the Triangular Window in a Mud Hut)

We have a legal and moral obligation to protect people fleeing bombs, bullets and tyrants, and throughout history those people have enriched our society. --Juliet Stevenson (in Working to Welcome and Resettle Afghan Refugees)

In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety. --Abraham Maslow (in What You Get Into Will Change You)

The question is not 'Can you make a difference?' You already do make a difference. It's just a matter of what kind of difference you want to make during your life on this planet. --Julia Butterfly Hill (in Inside the Fight to Save an Ancient Forest)

I am life which wills to live, and I exist in the midst of life which wills to live. --Albert Schweitzer (in Nature is a Jazz Band, Not a Machine)

Love sacrifices all things to bless the thing it loves.. --Edward Bulwer-Lytton (in The Man in the Red Bandana)

Rewilding is about humility, about stepping back. --George Monbiot (in Knepp Rewilded)

Biologically, physiologically, we are not so different from each other; historically, as narratives--we are each of us unique. --Oliver Sacks (in How Do You Be?)

If we are to respect others' religions as we would have them respect our own, a friendly study of the world's religions is a sacred duty. --Mahatma Gandhi (in What Buddhism Taught Me: A Sri Lankan Christian's Reflections)

Can you walk on water? Then you have done no better than a straw.
Can you fly through the air? You have done no better than a bluebottle.
Conquer your Heart, and then you may become someone. --Abd Allah Ansari
(in A Quite Interesting Approach to Education)

We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know. --Carl Rogers (in How Small Moments of Empathy Affect Your Life)

Wherever love is, I want to be, I will follow it as surely as the land-locked salmon finds the sea. --Jeanette Wiinterson (in The Wisdom of Salmon)

Placemaking shows people just how powerful collective vision can be. --David Engwicht (in The Muse Who Made Storefronts Bloom)

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. --Soren Kierkegaard (in Prayer for Atheists)

I think what art can do is give hope. Real hope. --Jacob Needleman (in A Few Early Moments)

Grief and joy and love -- it's all part of the same spectrum. I'm grieving because I loved someone so much. --Maryanne O'Hara (in Death Doulas Provide End of Life Aid)

I would like to paint the way a bird sings.

--Claude Monet
(in Monet Refuses the Operation )

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. --Gary Snyder (in Re-inhabiting the World)


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