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Every moment in time touches every other moment in time, and in that there is a much deeper sense of responsibility, and that comes back to relationship. Relationship over time, or kinship over time. We're akin to what happened in the past, we're akin to what's going to happen in the future. --Stan Rushworth (in Prayer for the Earth: An Indigenous Response to these Times)

As a free person I can always come and go,
Not caught in ideas of is and is not,
Not caught in ideas of being and non-being,
Let your steps be leisurely. --Thich Nhat Hanh
(in Peace Is Every Step: Thich Nhat Hanh's 95 Year Earthwalk)

Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. --Henri Nouwen (in Welcome)

Though we see the same world, we see it through different eyes. --Virginia Woolf (in True Colors)

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself. --Maya Angelou (in The Core of Belonging)

Of course the gift to be cherished most of all is that of life itself. One's work should be a salute to life. --Pablo Casals (in Legendary Cellist Pablo Casals, at Age 93, on Creative Vitality )

You ask what the absolute is. It is the essence of your soul before everything. --The Upanishads (in Consciousness as the Ground of Being)

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. --Angela Schwindt (in Rachel Callander Sees Superpowers)

The thing that leads to intimacy and relationship and connection is tenderness.

--Fr. Greg Boyle
(in The Gentle Road Home)

What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander.
--Elie Wiesel
(in As We Speak: Music Video)

What an extraordinary way the reed pen has of drinking darkness and pouring out light! --Abu Hafs Ibn Burd Al-Asghar (in Calligraphy-- A Sacred Tradition)

On a branch
floating downriver
a cricket, singing. --Issa
(in Jane Hirshfield: The Fullness of Things)

If you could stand at just a little distance in time, how fluid and shape-shifting physical reality would be, everything hurrying into some other form, even concrete, even stone. --Mark Doty (in Are Cats Liquid?)

Recognition is famously a passage from ignorance to knowledge. --Amitav Ghosh (in Beings Seen and Unseen)

Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world. --Ramana Maharishi (in An Early Morning Revelation: Chuck St. John)

To listen to trees, nature's great connectors, is to learn how to inhabit the relationships that give life its source, substance, and beauty --David George Haskell (in The Log- Year 2)

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together. --Desmond Tutu (in Desmond Tutu: Father of South Africa's Rainbow Nation)

When we listen with curiosity, we don't listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what's behind the words. --Roy T. Bennett (in Words Can Change Your Brain)

No one reaches out to you for compassion or empathy so you can teach them how to behave better. They reach out to us because they believe in our capacity to know our darkness well enough to sit in the dark with them. --Brene Brown (in How to Support a Loved One Struggling with Mental Health)

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. --Sarah Williams (in 10 Insights from 2021 That Give Us Hope)

We remain forever neoplastic. We remain forever changeable, and healable by experiences of being understood. --Sarah Peyton (in Releasing Contracts that Block Joy)

Kindness enriches our life; with kindness mysterious things become clear, difficult things become easy, and dull things become cheerful. --Leo Tolstoy (in Attainable Aspirations Inspired By Great Humans of the Past)

Resolve to be always beginning -- to be a beginner. --Rainer Maria Rilke (in Turn New Year's Resolutions into Revelations)

So let us not return to what was normal,
But reach toward what is next. --Amanda Gorman
(in 'New Day's Lyric': Amanda Gorman)

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along. --Rumi
(in Love: Life's Greatest Gift)

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness? --John Steinbeck (in Maple Syrup: Taste of Wonder)

Adults often assume that most learning is the result of teaching and that exploratory, spontaneous learning is unusual. But actually, spontaneous learning is more fundamental. --Alison Gopnik (in Why Adults Lose the Beginner's Mind)

We have to belong to ourselves as much as we need to belong to others. Any belonging that asks us to betray ourselves is not true belonging. --Brene Brown (in Atlas of the Heart)

Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. --Scott Adams (in When There Is No Language Speak Kindness)

Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
--Albert Einstein
(in Man on the Moon)

Today we celebrate light and honor the wisdom of the shadows. In connecting with the natural world in a way that honors the sacred immanence in all things, we establish a resonance with the seasons. --Dacha Avelin (in A Solstice Invitation)

Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed? --Annie Dillard (in 14 Fabulous & Contemporary Women Nature Writers )

Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. --Rumi (in Rediscovering Gentleness)

Radical Acceptance is the willingness to experience ourselves and our life as it is. A moment of Radical Acceptance is a moment of genuine freedom. --Tara Brach (in What Defines You)

The practice of love offers no place of safety. We risk loss, hurt, pain. We risk being acted upon by forces outside our control. --bell hooks (in The Wide-Angle Legacy & Vision of bell hooks)

We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. A little parenthesis in eternity.
--Paulo Coelho
(in Love Letters to Presence: Three Poems)

They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming. --Hermann Hesse (in The Dying Sea: A Conversation with Radek Skrivanek)

We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
--Isaac Newton
(in An East-West Approach to Transformation)

A saint is a sinner who never gave up. --Paramhansa Yogananda (in From Bullets to Bangles)

Our happiness comes not as a goal, but as a byproduct of engaging in honesty with ourselves. --Susan David (in Breaking Free From the Tyranny of Positivity)

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there. --Rumi (in The Path of Reconciliation)

We stitch together quilts of meaning to keep us warm and safe, with whatever patches of beauty and utility we have on hand. --Anne Lamott (in While I Yet Live)

May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
May you walk gently through the world
And know its beauty all the days of your life. --Elliott Arnold
(in Her Imagination is a Beautiful Garden)

We should be willing to act as a balm for all wounds. --Etty Hillesum (in Tell Them What We Have Learned Here...)

Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife --Kahlil Gibran (in Time to Shed Our Skins)

Some people were born on third base and go through life thinking they've hit a triple. --Barry Switzer (in Born On Third Base)

The gift is to the giver, and comes back most to him -- it cannot fail. --Walt Whitman (in The Power of Giving)

The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it. --Nisargadatta Maharaj (in Heart Light in Dark Times)

Sense your presence, the naked, unveiled, unclothed beingness. --Eckhart Tolle (in The Well of Being)

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. --Herman Hesse (in How An Apple Tree Transformed My Life)


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