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The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. --Shel Silverstein (in Mark and Doug: The Power of Friendship)

When you use a living medicine and get well, you feel that the world is alive and aware and wants to help you. People often talk about saving the Earth, but how many times have you experienced the Earth saving you? --Stephen Harrod Buhner (in Living Medicine: On Plant Intelligence and Natural Healing)

Your openness is more powerful than the feelings you're opening to. --John Welwood (in Unconditional Presence: Letting Yourself Have Your Experience)

Truth, crushed to earth, will rise again. --William Cullen Bryant (in Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community)

When nothing is sure, everything is possible. --Margaret Drabble (in The Big Bang of Equity + Systems Change)

More recently there has been a recognition of the importance of craft and design, and a desire to see evidence of the human hand, even in digitally produced things. --Alison McIntyre (in Barbara Kingsolver on Knitting as Creation Story)

What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world. --Paul Hawken (in We Can Do This: A Conversation with Paul Hawken)

I very strongly feel I'm here for a reason. And I'm trying to live up to what I believe I'm supposed to be doing. --Jane Goodall (in The Shadow of Humanity and the Spirit of Animals)

To anyone out there who's hurting -- it's not a sign of weakness to ask for help. It's a sign of strength. --Barack Obama (in Active Minds: Creating Hope Out of Tragedy)

Anxiety is an emotion; it's not a disease. It's an essential part of your intelligence, and it brings you unique skills that are irreplaceable. --Karla McLaren (in Welcoming the Gifts of Anxiety)

If you're not willing to see more than is visible, you won't see anything. --Ruth Berhard (in Bridges to Cross: A Conversation with Michael Grbich)

Redemption is possible, and it is the measure of a civilized society. --Greg Boyle (in Hot Gravy: A Story of Hope and Healing)

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing. --Georgia O'Keefe (in Of a Different Yarn)

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. --Jane Goodall (in At a Tipping Point -- Towards Healing the Climate)

Facts bring us to knowledge, but stories lead to wisdom. --Rachel Naomi Remen (in Brian Conroy: The Art of Storytelling)

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. --Roald Dahl (in Photographing the Hidden Story)

It seems to me that almost all our sadnesses are moments of tension, which we feel as paralysis because we no longer hear our astonished emotions living. --Rainer Maria Rilke (in Dial Up the Magic of This Moment)

Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space. Every one of us is a part of that jewel. --Fred Rogers (in Revisiting Fred Rogers 2002 Commencement Address)

Scarcity appears when wealth cannot flow. --Lewis Hyde (in Ayni: Living Life in the Round)

In the vessel of your body, you yourself are the world tree, deep roots in the Earth and a crown of stars. Your essence bridges dimensions. --Elizabeth Eiler (in Grounding Yourself on Mother Earth)

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. --Charles Dickens (in A Pandemic Letter to My 17-Year-Old Son)

Our relationship to most living things is, and must be I think, a moral one not a practical one. --Carl Safina (in Beyond Words: A Conversation with Carl Safina)

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.
--Thomas Merton
(in Lucky Man: Life Lessons from William Segal)

What is even more astonishing is that the entire science of wayfinding is based on dead reckoning. You only know where you are by knowing precisely where you have been and how you got to where you are. --Wade Davis (in The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World)

...to begin always anew, to make, to reconstruct, and to not spoil, to refuse to bureaucratize the mind, to understand and
to live life as a process --live to become... --Paulo Freire
(in Teaching to Transgress: bell hooks on Education)

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea. --e.e. cummings
(in The Waters of Heterodoxy)

We suffer, ironically, from our indifference to those among us who suffer. --Parker J. Palmer (in Expanding the Spirit of Democracy)

The first duty of love is to listen. --Paul Tillich (in The Phone Call)

After awhile, looking and listening became something much more; I came to see and to hear the world, existence, more and more acutely. The more I watched and listened, the more I saw and heard. --Laurie Seagel (in A Man Impossible to Classify)

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. --Martin Luther King Jr. (in BLM: Four Lessons in White Allyship from South Africa)

Even if, from the sky, poison befalls all,
I'm still sweetness
wrapped in sweetness
wrapped in sweetness... --Rumi
(in Small Joys are Essential to Resilience)

What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another. --Mahatma Gandhi (in The Church Forests of Ethiopia)

I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all. --Richard Wright (in Human Connections in 'This Brilliant Darkness')

That which secures life from exhaustion lies in the unseen world, deep at the roots of things. --Rudolf Steiner (in The Soil's Story is the Story of Us)

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. --Helen Keller (in Seven Ways to Live in the Direction of Your Purpose)

Only through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others. --Harriet Goldhor Lerner (in Connect & Find Joy While Social Distancing)

We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough? --Wendell Berry (in Celebrating Wendell Berry)

Only when our feet learn once again how to walk in a sacred manner, and our hearts hear the real music of creation, can we bring the world back into balance. --Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee (in Finding Balance in an Unstable World)

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. --e.e. cummings (in Milford Zornes: An Artist's Life)

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it. --Lao Tzu (in Taiji Quan: The Wisdom of Water)

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. --Henry Havelock Ellis (in Breaking Reins)

Love is first and foremost exemplified by action --by practice -- not solely by feeling. --bell hooks (in The Power of Real Love)

If you're right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth. --Mahatma Gandhi (in Beyond Hope: Letting Go of a World in Collapse)

Stillness is our most intense mode of action. It is in our moments of deep quiet that is born every idea, emotion, and drive which we eventually honor with the name of action. --Leonard Bernstein (in The Opposite of Meditation is Not Action It's Reaction)

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)


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