Writings/quotes

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
~George Bernard Shaw

 

“Through repetition, the magic is allowed to rise.”- Anonymous

“Listen far beyond hearing and call the unheard.” -Lao Tzu

“When the soul is attuned to G-D, every action becomes music.” -Hazrat Inyat Kahn

“It is only within the heart that one can see rightly what is invisible to the eye.” -Antoine de Sant-Eusepry

“Until we lose ourselves there is no hope finding ourselves.” -Henry Miller

“There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.” -Herman Hesse

“Silence is the mother of sound and sound…the mother of silence.” -unknown

“Joy is exactly what is happening right now, minus our opinion of it.” -Charolette Joko Beck

“Light or luminosity is created by the way elements are juxtaposed. They become reflective and a radiance comes from putting different things together.” -Merce Cunningham

“Only indiscriminate love can make us free.” -Babatunde Olatunji

“….O listen- listen more carefully to what is inside you right now. In my world all that remains is the wonderous call to dance and prayer. Rising up like a thousand suns out of the mouth of a single bird.” –unknown

Words that come from the heart, enter the heart.” -Miles Krassen

“No safety without risk and what you risk reveals what you value.” -unknown

“Life happens while we are making other plans.” -John Lennon

“Keep knocking and the joy inside will eventually open a window and look out to see who is there.”-Rumi

“The essence of healing does not lie in the efficiency with which my life can be restored to its strength. It lies in the meaning that is added as I suffer difficulty.” -David Wolf-Blank

“Often it is the journey itself,not the destination, that is the real reason of setting forth.” -unknown

“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” -Leonardo DeVinci

“Wisdom begins in wonder.” -Socrates

“Rhythm is a means of organizing sound into specific energy formulas to harmonize the mind and body. Chanting, rhythmic breathing and drumming form an ancient technology for directly synchronizing the mind/body complex, creating conditions for psychological and physical healing.” -Layne Redmond

“This sound is the sorce of all manifestation….. the knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe.” -Hazrat Inyat Kahn

“Sometimes it is the inquiry itself that offers the answer.” -Jacqueline Westhead

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” -Martin Luther King

“To be present in the here, this now. The place where Divine light is shining, this moment, is where love comes to meet you. Love reflects and supports this light and meets you right where you are.” -Jacqueline Westhead

“Knowledge comes but wisdom lingers.” -Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Faith is a passionate intuition.” -Wordsworth

“Let him who would move the world first move himself.” -Socrates

“All life is an expirament.” -Emerson

“A person of faith is like a bed of coals. As long as a single spark remains, a great fire can be kindled.” -Chassidic teaching

“In our spiritual work we need not create anything new. All we need is to illuminate that which is already hidden within us.” -Rebbe of Kotsk

“I love…..and then there I am dissolving my fears…..walking on rocks smooth and round. My blood is pumping, beats and roars, like the ocean…..like the ocean.” -Jacqueline Westhead

“The quest is to become all that you already are.” –unknown

“We do not sing to create music. We sing in order to release the urge that already exists within us.”- Frank Barker

“The ultimate aim of dancing is to be able to move without thinking, to be danced.”- John Blacking

“The cure for the part should not be attempted without treatment of the whole.”- Plato

“Our only job in every situation is to merely let go of our resistance to love.” – Anonymous

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”- Emerson

“The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, he who can no longer wonder and stand rapt with awe, is as good as dead.”- Albert Einstein

“Every object, thought and feeling has pourousness, fluidity and motion… nothing need define us forever.” – Anonymous

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

“The river taught us how to listen with a silent heart, with a waiting open soul…”- Herman Hesse

“At the root of all power and motion, there is music and rhythm, the play of patterned frequencies against the matrix of time. More than 2,500 years ago, Pythagoras told his followers that a stone is frozen music, an intuition fully validated by modern science; we now know that every particle in the physical universe takes its characteristics from the pitch and pattern and overtones of its particular frequencies, its singing. And the same thing is true of all radiation, all forces great and small, all information. Before we make music, music makes us…the way music works is also the way the world of objects and events works…the deep structure of music is the same as the deep structure of everything else.” – George Leonard

“Come, I will show you a new way to the Lord, not with words but with song.”- Chassidic masters

“We may listen to our inner self–and still not know which ocean we hear roaring.”-Martin Buber

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”-Emily Dickinson

“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.”- Ursula K LeGuin

“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how…the artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.”-Agnes DeMille

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.” – Henry Miller

“Grace fills empty spaces but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it, and it is grace itself which makes this void.” – Simone Weil

” In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us.”-Virginia Woolf

” The body is a sacred garment. It is your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and depart life with and it should be treated with honor “-Martha Graham

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”-George Eliot

“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” -Helen Keller

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which really you stop and look fear in the face…..you must do the thing you cannot do. “- Eleanor Roosevelt

“And the day came when the risk (it took) to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to open.”-Anais Nin

“If we could…recognize our common humanity…that our destinies are bound up in one anothers……that we can be free only together….then a glorious world would come into being where all of us lived together as members of one family, the human family”” – unknown

“To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field it beholds, every hour, a picture which has never been seen before and which shall never be seen again.”” – Emerson

“I profess the religion of love wherever its caravan turns, along the way that is the belief, the faith I keep.”” – Ibn Arabi

“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time”” – T.S Elliot

“Even after all this time,the sun never says to the earth……You owe me.  Look what happens with a love like that,iIt lights the whole sky..”” –Hafiz

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius power and magic in it.” -Goethe

“a person is a person through (other) persons” (umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu)

“A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”” – UBUNTU: South African philosophy of life

“There was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.  Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.  When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,  “Nothing, I just helped him cry.²”

“Excerpt for Herman Hesse’s ‘Wandering’

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.

When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.

A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’ suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts. Trees have long thought, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve and incomparable joy. Whoever has leaned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness”

A. POWELL DAVIES:

Life is just a chance to grow a soul.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN:

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

ALBERT EINSTEIN:

True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.

ALICE WALKER:

Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise.

ANAIS NIN:

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.

ANAIS NIN:

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.

ANNIE DILLARD:

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

BARRY LOPEZ:

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.

BUDDHA:

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

CAPTAIN JEAN-LUC PICARD:

Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.

CARL SANDBURG:

Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.

CORITA KENT:

Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed.

E. B. WHITE:

You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.

Charlotte, “Charlotte’s Web”

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT:

I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

ELIE WIESEL:

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. 
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. 
And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.

(Oct. 1986)

EMILY DICKINSON:

Love—is anterior to Life—
Posterior—to Death—
Initial of Creation, and
The Exponent of Earth—

EMILY DICKINSON:

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

F. FORRESTER CHURCH:

Religion is the human response to being alive and having to die.

FRANKLIN P. JONES:

Love doesn’t make the world go ’round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

FREDERICK BUECHNER:

The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE:

And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW:

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

HELEN KELLER:

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

HENRI FREDERICK AMIEL:

Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.

HENRY VAN DYKE:

Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.

ISADORA DUNCAN:

People do not live nowadays – they get about ten percent out of life.

JOAN BAEZ:

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now.

JONI MITCHELL:

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all.

MARCUS AURELIUS:

The universe is transformation; our life is what our thoughts make it.

MARK TWAIN:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

MARK TWAIN:

There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy and a tragedy.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.:

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

MARY OLIVER:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

MARY OLIVER:

To live in this world you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go. Blackwater Woods

MATTHEW ARNOLD:

Is it so small a thing 
To have enjoy’d the sun, 
To have lived light in the spring, 
To have loved, to have thought, to have done…

MOHANDAS K. GANDHI:

Where there is love there is life.

MORTIMER ADLER:

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.

NADINE STAIR (ATTRIBUTED, PROBABLY ERRONEOUSLY):

If I had my life to live over, I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax; I’d limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I’m one of those people who lived sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after the other, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute. If I had it to do over again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over again, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dance; I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.

NORBERT CAPEK:

It is worthwhile to live
and fight courageously
for sacred ideals.

NORMAN MACEWAN:

Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

NORMAN VINCENT PEALE:

Live your life and forget your age.

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES:

It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES:

Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES:

A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.

OMAR N. BRADLEY:

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.

OSCAR WILDE:

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

PAUL ANKA:

And now the end is near
And so I face the final curtain,
My friends, I’ll say it clear,
I’ll state my case of which I’m certain.
I’ve lived a life that’s full, I’ve travelled each and evr’y highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way.

PAUL BEATTIE:

When My Mind is Still

When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I remember things too easily forgotten:
The purity of early love,
The maturity of unselfish love that asks — 
desires — nothing but another’s good,
The idealism that has persisted through all the tempest of life.

When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I can find a quiet assurance, an inner peace, in the core of my being.
It can face the doubt, the loneliness, the anxiety,
Can accept these harsh realities and can even grow
Because of these challenges to my essential being.

When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I can sense my basic humanity,
And then I know that all men and women are my brothers and sisters.
Nothing but my own fear and distrust can separate me from the love of friends.
If I can trust others, accept them, enjoy them,
Then my life shall surely be richer and more full.
If I can accept others, this will help them to be more truly themselves,
And they will be more able to accept me.

When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart,
I know how much life has given me:
The history of the race, friends and family,
The opportunity to work, the chance to build myself.
Then wells within me the urge to live more abundantly,
With greater trust and joy,
With more profound seriousness and earnest service,
And yet more calmly at the heart of life.

Paul Beattie was a Unitarian Universalist minister, serving in congregations including in Kansas City, Missouri, and last at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, PA. He was also president of the Fellowship of Religious Humanists, among his many involvements.

PAUL BOWLES:

… we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.

PEARL S. BUCK:

The truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it.

PEARL S. BUCK:

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.

RABINDRANATH TAGORE:

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.

from Gitanjali

RALPH ELLISON:

Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON:

We are always getting ready to live but never living.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON:

Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON:

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON:

Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON:

Life is a progress, and not a station.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON.:

Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.

RAY BRADBURY:

Life is “trying things to see if they work.”

RAYMOND CHARLES BARKER:

The principle of life is that life responds by corresponding; your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be.

ROBERT BYRNE:

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

ROBERT FROST:

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

ROBERT FROST:

What is this talked-of mystery of birth
But being mounted bareback on the earth?

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON:

The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.

ROY H. WILLIAMS:

Lives, like money, are spent. What are you buying with yours?

SARAH BAN BREATHNACH:

An authentic life is the most personal form of worship. Everyday life has become my prayer.

SARAH BERNHARDT:

Life begets life. Energy becomes energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.

SEAN O’CASEY:

I have found life an enjoyable, enchanting, active, and sometime terrifying experience, and I’ve enjoyed it completely. A lament in one ear, maybe, but always a song in the other.

SENECA:

Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough.

SOPHIA LYON FAHS:

Life becomes religious whenever we make it so: when some new light is seen, when some deeper appreciation is felt, when some larger outlook is gained, when some nobler purpose is formed, when some task is well done.

STEPHEN COVEY:

Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.

THEODORE RUBIN:

There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.

THICH NHAT HANH:

Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.

THOMAS JEFFERSON:

It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.

TOM LEHRER:

Life is like a sewer. What you get out of it depends on what you put into it.

TONI MORRISON:

Birth, life, and death — each took place on the hidden side of a leaf.

UNKNOWN:

Life would be much easier if I had the source code.

URSULA K. LEGUIN:

If you see a whole thing – it seems that it’s always beautiful. Planets, lives…. But close up a world’s all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.

VICTOR FRANKL:

If architects want to strengthen a decrepit arch, they increase the load that is laid upon it, for thereby the parts are joined more firmly together. So, if therapists wish to foster their patients’ mental health, they should not be afraid to increase that load through a reorientation toward the meaning of one’s life.

VICTOR FRANKL:

A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how.”

VICTOR FRANKL:

We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by doing a deed; (2) by experiencing a value; and (3) by suffering.

VICTOR HUGO:

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.

VIRGINIA SATIR:

Over the years I have developed a picture of what a human being living humanely is like. She is a person who understand, values and develops her body, finding it beautiful and useful; a person who is real and is willing to take risks, to be creative, to manifest competence, to change when the situation calls for it, and to find ways to accommodate to what is new and different, keeping that part of the old that is still useful and discarding what is not.

WALLACE STEGNER:

Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.

WILL ROGERS:

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.

WILLIAM BLAKE:

For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.

WILLIAM JAMES:

Religion, whatever it is, is a man’s total reaction upon life.

The Varieties of Religious Experience, 1902

WILLIAM JAMES:

These, then, are my last words to you: Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create that fact.

Is Life Worth Living?

WINSTON CHURCHILL:

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

ZENO:

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman

“What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

Johann von Goethe

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
-Aristotle

“Use what talent you poseess- the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”

Henry Van Dyke

“Our trials are not meant to punish us.  They are meant to awaken us.”-anonymous

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”

-From the Alchemist

“Errors like straws upon the surface flow; she who would search for pearls must dive below.”

-John Dryden

“It’s better to see God in everything thento figure it all out.”-Maharishi Neem Karoli Baba

“Scientist and mystic accept everything cannot be known but always seek new wisdom.”

“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear as it is…..infinite”

-Blake

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.

Emily Dickinson

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.

Ursula K LeGuin

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how…the artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.

Agnes DeMille

Grace fills empty spaces but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it, and it is grace itself which makes this void.

Simone Weil

In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us.

Virginia Woolf

The body is a sacred garment. It is your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and depart life with and it should be treated with honor.

Martha Graham

It is never too late to be what you might have been

George Eliot

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.

Helen Keller

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which really you stop and look fear in the face…..you must do the thing you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt

And the day came when the risk (it took) to remain tight in the bud was more

Painful than the risk it took to open.

-Anais Nin

As with any creative endeavor, originality in thinking, in being, requires a heightened state of alertness, a bridging of the poles, a show of fearlessness and willingness to forfeit the known for the unknown, the learned for the experienced. It requires a trust deeper than the sea, for what it asks for is a letting go, an unmooring from the safe harbor of certainty for a journey into the mists of mystery and possibility…The solutions to the crises of our time do not lie dormant in one individual. They live like seeds in every one of us. It is not a savior who will rescue us from the plight and perils we face, but a communion of saints who go by our names.-Jan Phillips

The imagination is an organ of understanding. And the imagination needs all the faculties at hand, all the sensibility, all the conscious and unconscious intelligence it can galvanize to fulfill its luminous mission.-Edward Hirsch

Works of art always spring from those who have faced the danger, gone to the very end of an experience, to the point beyond which no human being can go. The further one dares to go, the more decent, the more personal, the more unique a life becomes.-Rainer Maria Rilke

At certain key moments in this life, you must find courage in yourself, in order to move forward… It is like a muscle and it must be exercised, first a little, and then more and more. All the really exciting things possible… require a little more courage than we currently have. A deep breath and a leap.
–John Patrick Shanley

There are no mistakes. What happens during the process of making something is sacred and organic.
–Vicki Noble

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

One of the oddest things in life, I think, is the things one remembers.
–Agatha Christie

If the story is in you, it has got to come out.
–William Faulkner

Mother Theresa-“People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway. Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway.”

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

“There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation than for bread.”

“Griefy can take care of itself but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with”-mark twain

Remember, we bring ourselves, and all of our beliefs, expectations, anxieties, experiences and fears to everything we experience. For today, and maybe tomorrow too, put those things down. Listen to what the universe is trying to tell you. Hear your heart beating. You are a living and breathing incarnation of the heavens at the exact moment of your birth. You are the heavens made live and walking around on earth! That chart of yours was born, with you in the driver seat, to accomplish something! So get working on it! Adjust. Regulate. Tinker. Modify. Alter. Fiddle with. Fine tune. Bend. Amend. Tweak. Get to work with the Universe! Have a wonderful New Year!

What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world.-Eintsein

Albert Einstein

«The only real valuable thing is intuition.»

«There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.»

Lao Tzu (ancient Chinese philosopher):

«The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.»

What happens now can only be the result of everything

that has preceded this moment

this moment, the present, can only be seen as something

that’s very close to what has just been happening

the immediate memory of the just elapsed moment

is the closest we come to experiencing the elusive present

immediate memory allows us to notice what our mental

Processes have just been, and thus, becoming includes being

Now that you’re gone

from “the aim of all nature is Beauty” Ann Tardos

Being self luminous

You cause everything to shine;

Delighting in your form

You fill the universe with delight;

Rocking with your own bliss

You make the whole world

Dance with Joy

-Utpaladeva

“ I think it pisses god off when you walk by th color purple in a fields somewhere and don’t notice it…. People think pleasing god is all  god care about. but any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back” –shug avery/color of purple

“we must find ways to become real actors, to become authentic subjects in our own history.”

“We may not be able to will a movement into being, but neither can we sit idly for a movement to spring full-grown, as from the head of Zeus.”

At the turn of the last century, Eugene Debs, the great Socialist Party leader from Terre Haute, Ind., told a group of workers in Chicago, “If I could lead you into the Promised Land, I would not do it, because someone else would come along and lead you out.”

greatest revolution starts with loving yourself

“sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment”


-Rumi

“In the middle of the difficulty lies opportunity”

-Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge”

_Einstein

“with courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. courage is the foundation of integrity”

-keshavan Nair

“True life is lived when tiny changes occur”

-Leo Tolstoy

“living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. the artist never entirely knows. we guess.we may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark”

-agnes de mille

“words are a form of action influencing change”

-ingrid bengis

“at the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidescope of new possibilities’

-jean Houston

“nobody sees a flower, really, it is so small it takes time-we haven’ time-and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time”

-georgia okeefe

“Believe in the merit of every breath simply for taking it”-Jacqueline

“Each of us has responsibility for all humankind.”
14th Dalai Lama

It is important to realize our sameness as human beings.”
14th Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama HH4 
”Love and compassion are the basis of hope and determination.”
14th Dalai Lama

“My true religion is kindness.”
14th Dalai Lama

The kind of love we should advocate is this wider love that you can have even for someone who has done harm to you: your enemy.”
14th Dalai Lama

“There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart, is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
14th Dalai Lama

“Always search for your innermost nature in those you are with.”
Rumi

“Let the beauty we love be what you do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
Rumi

“Inside the great Mystery that is, we don’t really own anything. What is this competition we feel then, before we go, one at a time, through the same gate?”
Rumi

“There is no companion but love… No starting, or finishing yet, a road.”
Rumi

“Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirror to where you are so bravely working.”
Rumi

“Come, come whoever you are, wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving, (it doesn’t matter). Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, come even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, come yet again, come.”
Rumi

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.”
Rumi

“Through love all pain will turn to medicine.”
Rumi

“Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. Between the two my life flows.”
Nisargadatta

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
St. Francis

“Let your hook be always cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be fish.”-ovid

Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded. -Fyodor Dostoevsky

“When can I run and play with the real rabbits?”

“Curiosity does, no less than devotion, pilgrims make”. Abraham Cowley

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”– Theodore Seuss Giesel alias, Dr. Seuss

“Curiosity does, no less than devotion, pilgrims make”. Abraham Cowley

he use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.- Samuel Johnson

“I think over again my small adventures, my fears

These small ones that seem so big

For all the vital things I had to get and reach

And yet there is only one great thing

the only thing

To live and see the great day that dawns

and the light that fills the world”

-Inuit Song


“…..Time to go into the dark

where the night has eyes

to recognize its own.

There you can be sure

you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb

tonight.

The night will give you a horizon

further than you can see.

You must learn one thing.

The world was made to be free in.

Give up all other worlds

except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet

confinement of your aloneness

to learn

anything or anyone

that does not bring you alive

is too small for you.”

-David Whyte

“The job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow

and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.”

-Ken Kesey

“ Stand still.  The tress ahead and the bushes beside you

Are not lost.  Wherever you are is called Here,

And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,

Must ask it permission to know it and be known.

The forest breathes. Listen. It answers.

I have made this place around you.

If you leave it, you may come back again,saying Here.

No two trees are the same to Raven.

No two branches are the same to Wren.

If what a tree or bush does is lost on you,

You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows

Where you are. You must let it find you.”

-David Wagoner, “Lost”

“…I look out

at everything

growing so wild

and faithfully beneath

the sky

and wonder

why we are the one

terrible

part of creation

privileged

to refuse our flowering…..”

David Whyte

“There’s a thread you follow. It goes among

things that change. But it doesn’t change.

People wonder about what you are pursuing.

You have to explain about the thread.

But it is hard for others to see.

While you hold it you can’t get lost.

Tragedies happen; people get hurt

or die; and you suffer and get old.

Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.

You don’t ever let go of the thread.”

-William Stafford. “The way it is”

“In our grasshopper and salamander days, who among us didn’t ask why the

grasshopper could jump so far-or why the salamander had black dots on its orange body?

We trampled leaves with our feet just to hear what kind of sounds leaves made. We threw flat stones over the surface of streams to see how far the stones would skip. We listened to crickets cry in nights far beyond our grasp of what the darkness was. We slept, only to wake, with the strange sense of how could we be awake when we had only just been sleeping.

In those days we knew as much as we had to know in order to ask what we didn’t know.  Our ignorance wasn’t just innocence but the foundation from which we offered ourselves the daily surprise of discovering another question, another way to uncover something mysterious, something we hadn’t understood yesterday. We lived by wonder, for by wondering we were able to multiply a growing consciousness of being alive.”

-Richard Lewis, Living by Wonder

“With their whole gaze

animals behold the Open.

Only our eyes

are as though reversed

and set traps around us,

keeping us inside.

That there is something out there

we know only from the creature’s countenance.

We turn even the young child around,

making her look backward

at the forms we create,

not outward into the Open,

which is reflected in the animal;s eyes…..”

-Rainer Maria Rilke, “The Eigth Elegy”

“This being human is a guest house

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness

comes as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,still,

treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent,

as a guide from beyond.

-Rumi

Not all those who wander are lost.

-J R Tolkien

Life is a mystery to be lived not a problem to be solved

-unknown

“So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.

Whisper of running streams, and winter lightening.

The wild thyme unseen and the wild strawberry,

The laughter in the garden, echoed ecstasy

Not lost, but requiring, pointing to the agony

Of death and birth….”

T S Eliot, ‘East Coker’

“….out of the silenece

you can make a promise

it will kill you to break,

that way you’ll find

what is real and what is not…..

David Whyte

“…to be human

is to become visible

while carrying

what is hidden

as a gift to others”

D. Whyte

“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of imagination.

-john keats

“You walking, your footprints are

the road, and nothing else;

there is no road, walker,

you make the road by walking.

By walking you make the road,

and when you look backward,

you see the path that you

never will step on again.

Walker, there is no road,

only wind-trails in the sea.

-Antonio Machado, Proverbs and tiny songs”

“As once the winged energy of delight

carried you over childhood’s dark abysses,

now beyond your own life build the great

arch of unimagined bridges.

Wonders happen if we can succeed

in passing through the harshest danger;

but only ina  bright and purely granted

achievement can we realize the wonder.

To work with Things in the indescribable

relationship is not too hard for us;

the pattern grows more intricate and subtle,

and being swept along is not enough.

Take your practiced powers and stretch them out

until they span the chasm between the two

contradictions…For the god

wants to know himself in you.”

Rilke

“What we call the beginning is often the end

and to make an end is to make a beginning.

The end is where we start from….

….And any action

Is a step to the block, to the fire, down the sea’s throat

Or to an illegible stone: and that is where we start.

We die with the dying:

See, they depart and we go with them.

We are born with the dead:

See, they return, and bring us with them…..

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time…..

T S Eliot, “little gidding”

“The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time. They are kneeling with hands clasped that we might act with restraint, that we might leave room for the life that is destined to come.  To protect what is wild is to protect what is gentle.  Perhaps the wildness we fear is the pause between our own heartbeats, the silent space that says we live only by grace. Wild mercy is in our hands.”

Terry Tempest Williams

Red: Passion and patience in the desert


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