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We are dependent on each other. Therefore, replenishing the soil, replenishing society and being part of one continuum -- that's the new story. --Satish Kumar (in Satish Kumar: In Service of Humanity and Mother Earth)

What gives me hope is that life unfailingly responds to the advances of love. --Nipun Mehta (in Nipun Mehta: A Deeper Thanksgiving)

Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter. --Chinua Achebe (in This Land is Their Land)

The gifts a place gives to people are abundant. --Trebbe Johnson (in Uncommon Gratitude)

Thank you for the wind and rain
and sun and pleasant weather,
thank you for this our food
and that we are together.
--Mennonite blessing
(in Thanksgiving Blessings)

In a self-organizing system, leadership is distributed-- it can come from anywhere, from anyone, at any time, manifesting in ways that may stretch beyond some people's narrow definition of the word. --David Ehrlichman (in Fostering Self-Organization)

What if joy is not only entangled with pain, or suffering, or sorrow, but is also what emerges from how we care for each other through those things? --Ross Gay (in Ross Gay: Inciting Joy)

On the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree. --W.S. Merwin (in The Man Who Planted Trees)

The spirit of an artist's gifts can wake our own. --Lewis Hyde (in The Gift of Lewis Hyde's )

The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world. --James Baldwin (in Just Be Nice)

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken. --Leo Tolstoy (in Activating Moral Discomfort & Spiritual Community for the Earth)

We bring forth our worlds through the networks of conversation within which we participate. --Humberto Maturana (in How to Have a Community Conversation)

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness. --Joseph Campbell (in Agent of Illumination)

Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.

--Peace Pilgrim
(in Alison Thompson Responds with Heart)

The world desperately needs powerful storytellers to help us make sense of the unfathomable events taking place. --Alexis Wright (in The Inward Migration)

'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. --Alice Walker (in Why You Should Write That Thank You Note)

If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. --Meister Eckhart (in Thanksgiving Address)

The body says what words cannot. --Martha Graham (in Dancing in A-Yard)

We understand the people better if we know their music, and we appreciate the music better if we understand the people themselves. --Frances Densmore (in The Woman Who Saved Native Song)

Sometimes it just takes the right bird to awaken us. --Priyanka Kumar (in Messengers from the Past)

People today will mostly focus on the points of connection, the nodes of interest like stars in the sky. But the real understanding comes in the spaces in-between, in the relational forces that connect and move the points. --Tyson Yunkaporta (in Tyson Yunkaporta: Humans as a Custodial Species)

Our lives are not problems to be solved. We can have meaning and beauty and love, but nothing even close to resolution. --Kate Bowler (in Everything Happens for A Reason & Other Lies I've Loved)

When we express what we see in language that resonates, we can begin to make change. --Teow Lim Goh (in The Link Between Landscape and Diaspora)

If our starting point is a respect for nature and people, diversity is an inevitable consequence. --Helena Norberg-Hodge (in Wendell Berry and Helena Norberg-Hodge on Caretaking)

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. --Franklin D. Roosevelt (in Truth and Reconciliation)

All life-forms are in fact processes not things. --Merlin Sheldrake (in Merlin Sheldrake: Entangled Life)

Like a child, moving water is a treatise on impermanence, a constant reminder of the ungraspable. --Chris Dombrowski (in Love Song)

Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial. --George Saunders (in George Saunders on Writing)

I have come to understand my spirituality as an ongoing internal lyrical state of consciousness, semi-consciousness and unconsciousness in which I find meaning, comfort, refuge, inspiration, mystery and strength. --Michael Leunig (in Spirituality, Art and Innocence)

Play is an activity enjoyed for its own sake. It is our brain's favorite way of learning and maneuvering.

--Diane Ackerman
(in The Land: An Adventure Playground)

At 69, I'm eventually going to run out of time, so I'm lobbying to work on rainbows when I get to the other side. --Zoo Cain (in My Real Name: A Conversation with Zoo Cain)

Wildness recenters me. It humbles. It inspires. --J. Drew Lanham (in My Wild-Like Refuge)

There's no question dolphins are smarter than humans as they play more. --Albert Einstein (in The Art of Life: A Documentary)

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. --Naomi Shihab Nye (in Dear Vaccine: Pandemic Poetry)

Water is the driving force of all nature. --Leonardo da Vinci (in Water of Life)

Nothing is static, nothing is final, everything is held provisionally. --Jocelyn Bell (in The Silent Pulse of the Universe)

From my standpoint, the ultimate value of art is in nourishing the soul. Everything else is residual. --John Toki (in Earning It: A Conversation with John Toki)

Wisdom is dangerous. Love and beauty are too. Our culture has kept us away from them, and must do so to perpetuate the insanity we see all around us. --Nikos Patedakis (in Horse Medicine, Horse Mystery)

The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind. --Carly Simon (in In Praise of Black Capped Chickadees)

Showing up and staying present is a good writing day. --Karen Russell (in The Daily Routines of 12 Famous Writers)

We are all here for a single purpose: to grow in wisdom and to learn to love better. --Rachel Naomi Remen (in The Soul of Medicine)

Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world. --Rumi (in Beyond the Words)

Cultures and ecosystems alike thrive when they are most diverse. --Mitchell Thomashow (in To Know The World)

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. --May Sarton (in How to Grow a Home)

To rise above treeline is to go above thought, and after, the descent back into bird song, bog orchids, willows, and firs is to sink into the preliterate parts of ourselves. --Gretel Ehrlich (in Treeline)

There was a child went forth every day,
And the first object he look'd upon, that object he became...
The early lilacs became part of this child...
And the song of the phoebe bird --Walt Whitman
(in A Country Called Childhood)

What if the catalyst or the key to understanding creation lay somewhere in the immense mind of the whale? --Cormac McCarthy (in In the Mind of a Whale)

After all, the purpose of learning isn't to affirm our beliefs; it's to evolve our beliefs. --Adam Grant (in The Value of Rethinking Our Deeply Held Beliefs)

Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul.
--Friedrich Froebel
(in Froebel's Gifts)

Breathing involves a continual oscillation between exhaling and inhaling, offering ourselves to the world at one moment and drawing the world into ourselves at the next. --David Abram (in The Ecology of Perception)


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