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Action

"The only way for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."-Edmund Burke "This quote reflects Buddhism's teaching on ...

Action

"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences ...

Action

"Live truth instead of professing it."-Elbert Hubbard Actions speak louder than words. We can say something a million times, but when ...

Action

"Action is the antidote to despair."-Joan Baez Feeling a little blue? Do something! Get out there and take action. There is ...

Action

"The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye... The ...

Authenticity

“Somehow we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.”-Eleanor Roosevelt Who are you? Or maybe the question ...

Authenticity

“This above all: to thine own self be true.”-William Shakespeare The topic this week is “authenticity.” I love that word. Authentic ...

Authenticity

“To be nobody-but-yourself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else ...

Authenticity

“The highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is.”-John Lancaster Spalding The key word here is “appear.” ...

Authenticity

“Any path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if ...

Awareness

“I break up through the skin of awareness a thousand times a day, as dolphins burst through seas, and dive ...

Awareness

“Sometimes I think we’re all tightrope walkers suspended on a wire two thousand feet in the air, and so long ...

Awareness

“Eden is that old-fashioned HouseWe dwell in every dayWithout suspecting our abodeUntil we drive away.”-Emily Dickinson It’s kind of like that ...

Awareness

“Every dog has its day, but it’s not every dog that knows when he’s having it.”-Winifred Gordon, A Book of ...

Awareness

“It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful.”-Adrienne Rich Our ...

Beauty

“ Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.”-Kahlil Gibran When does life unveil her holy face? When we remove ...

Beauty

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is allYe know on earth, and all ye need to know.”-John Keats We’re always ...

Beauty

“I pray thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.”-Socrates Ah, Socrates! Wisdom is beautiful! You are beautiful! Who would ...

Beauty

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament. Welcome ...

Beauty

“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it ...

Blessings

"Yes, there is a Nirvanah: it is in leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child ...

Blessings

"Good heavens, of what uncostly material is our earthly happiness composed… if we only knew it. What incomes have we ...

Blessings

"The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your ...

Blessings

"Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy."-Abraham Heschel Think of the odds, think of what it took ...

Blessings

"Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third."-Marge Piercy We accept the first gift just by ...

Body

“ We should conduct ourselves not as if we ought to live for the body, but as if we could ...

Body

“If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred.”-Walt Whitman (1819-1892) The body really is such a miracle. It’s just beyond ...

Body

“The body is shaped, disciplined, honored, and in time, trusted.”-Martha Graham, Blood Memory, 1991 Dancers know, as Martha Graham so beautifully ...

Body

“ The body says what words cannot.”-Martha Graham, 1985 “Movement never lies.”-Martha Graham, Blood Memory 1991 We express ourselves with our bodies ...

Body

“ The body is wiser than its inhabitants. The body is the soul. We ignore its aches, its pains, its ...

Change

“ Everything is connected… no one thing can change by itself.”-Paul Hawken (1946- ) There is so much simplicity, and so ...

Change

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”-Apple computer TV ...

Change

“Let us suppose that there are two sorts of existences – one seen, the other unseen… The seen is the ...

Change

“Things do not change; we change.”-Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) When we change our perspective, things look differently to us. We may ...

Change

“A person can run for years but sooner or later he has to take a stand in the place which, ...

Character

“The great hope of society is individual character.”-William Ellery Channing (1780-1842) We each carry with us the hope of the world ...

Character

“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are ...

Character

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ...

Character

“The world may take your reputation from you, but it cannot take your character.”-Emma Dunham Kelley, Megda, 1891 “A man’s character ...

Character

“Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death.”-Eleanor Roosevelt Every day our characters are formed by the choices we ...

Children

"We find a delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body."-Ralph ...

Children

"Remember the feeling as a childwhen you woke up and morning smiled,it's time you felt like that again."-Taj Mahal, "Take ...

Children

"No day can be so sacred but that the laugh of a little child will make it holier still."-Robert G ...

Children

"Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man."-Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) Stray Birds, 1914 Every child ...

Children

"Children are God's apostles, day by daySent forth to preach of love, and hope, and peace."-James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) There's a ...

Colors

“ Green is the fresh emblem of well-founded hopes. In blue the spirit can wander, but in green it can ...

Colors

“ Red has been praised for its nobility of the color of life. But the true color of life is ...

Colors

“ I had forgotten what mustard fields looked like… Sheet upon sheet of blazing yellow, half-way between sulphur and celandrine, ...

Colors

Of all colors, brown is the most satisfying. It is the deep, fertile tint of the earth itself; it lies ...

Colors

“Black was bestlooking… Ebony was the best wood, the hardest wood; it was black. Virginia ham was the best ham ...

Comfort

“ I have enjoyed many of the comforts of life, none of which I wish to esteem lightly; yet I ...

Comfort

“I love it – I love it; and who shall dareTo chide me for loving that old arm-chair?”Eliza Cook, 1848 There’s ...

Comfort

“ Give me a well-cooked, well-served meal, a bouquet, and a sunset, and I can do more for a man’s ...

Comfort

“ One sits uncomfortably on a too comfortable cushion.”-Lillian Hellman, 1976 What I get from this is that there is such ...

Comfort

“I simply cannot understand the passion that some people have for making themselves thoroughly uncomfortable and then boasting about it ...

Commitment

“If you don’t make a total commitment to whatever you’re doing, then you start looking to bail out the first ...

Commitment

One’s lifework, I have learned, grows with the working and the living. Do it as if your life depended on ...

Commitment

“Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”-Swami Sivananda Commitment is ...

Commitment

“Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”-Swami Sivananda Commitment is ...

Commitment

“If you don’t wake up with something in your stomach every day that makes you think, “I want to make ...

Community

"People had changed - or rather fridges had changed them. Mrs. Munde felt that being able to store food for ...

Community

"The vision of a world community based on justice, not power, is the necessity of our age."-Henry A. Kissinger (1923 ...

Community

"There are no islands any more."-Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1940 We can really see the connections between people and between communities ...

Community

Above all we need, particularly as children, the reassuring presence of a visible community, an intimate group that enfolds us ...

Community

"Snowflakes, leaves, humans, plants, raindrops, stars, molecules, microscopic entities all come in communities. The singular cannot in reality exist."-Paula Gunn ...

Compassion

“ What value has compassion that does not take its object in its arms?”-Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944) Compassion at its ...

Compassion

“Spiritual energy brings compassion into the real world. With compassion, we see benevolently our own human condition and the condition ...

Compassion

“The dew of compassion is a tear.”-George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824) Compassion carries with it emotion. We feel it in our ...

Compassion

“It is the experience of touching the pain of others that is the key to change… Compassion is a sign ...

Compassion

“ Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the ...

Concentration

“To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement.”-Bertrand Russell We’ve heard this said hundreds of ...

Concentration

“If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other ...

Concentration

I think about this a lot. I recently attended the CHADD conference – CHADD is for Children and Adults with ...

Concentration

“The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what ...

Concentration

“Choice of attention, to pay attention to this and ignore that, is to the inner life what choice of action ...

Connection

“Path presupposes distance;If he be near, thou needest no path at all.Verily, it makes one smileTo hear of a fish ...

Connection

“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence,but it comes from within. It is there all the time.”-Anna ...

Connection

“Ultimately there are no dualities – neither black nor white, neitheroppressor nor victim. We are all connected in a journey ...

Connection

“Nonbeing can never be;being can never not be.Both these statements are obviousTo those who have seen the truth.”-The Bhagavad Gita So, ...

Connection

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”-Thornton Wilder A ...

Conscience

"Let me consider this as a resolution by which I pledge myself to act in all variety of circumstances and ...

Conscience

"I should love to satisfy all, if I possibly can; but in trying to satisfy all, I may be able ...

Conscience

"Conscience itself asserts that it is a voice of God."-Carl G. Jung (1875-1961) "Conscience is God's presence in man."-Emmanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) If ...

Conscience

"Conscience itself asserts that it is a voice of God."-Carl G. Jung (1875-1961) "Conscience is God's presence in man."-Emmanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) If ...

Conscience

"The needle of our conscience is as good a compass as any."-Ruth Wolff, 1963 Our conscience tells us which way to ...

Conscience

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960 A conscience ...

Creativity

“To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given the chance to create, is ...

Creativity

“Any creative endeavor is channeled, whether it be music or art or theoretical science. We have the capacity to tune ...

Creativity

“When we are writing, or painting, or composing, we are, during the time of creativity, freed from normal restrictions, and ...

Creativity

“We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.”-Nelson Mandela Part of our purpose in life lies in ...

Creativity

“Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.”-Gail Sheehy, (Pathfinders, 1981) What is certain anyway? If anything, certainty is habit, ...

Desire

"Heaven always favors good desires."-Cervantes (Don Quixote) What makes a "good" desire? All of our desires are good! We have our ...

Desire

"Desire is the very essence of man." - Benedict De Spinoza, Ethics Interesting word, "desire." It evokes a lot of feeling ...

Desire

"Our desires always increase with our possessions; the knowledge that something remains yet unenjoyed, impairs our enjoyment of the good ...

Desire

"Desires are the pulses of the soul; as physicians judge by the appetite, so may you by desires."-Thomas Manton Our desires ...

Destiny

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be ...

Destiny

"What extraordinary vehicles destiny selects to accomplish its design."-Henry Kissinger (1923 - ) What extraordinary vehicles indeed! It's us! Every one ...

Destiny

"I am not afraid… I was born to do this."-Joan of Arc (1429) "All I was doing was trying to get ...

Destiny

" Destiny's bank is inexorable, all accounts must balance."-Dorothy Fuldheim, A Thousand Friends (1974) How do accounts balance? It's simple - ...

Destiny

" Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven."-Confucius (550-478 B.C.) To me this says that ...

Dreams

“Within each one of us there is another whom we do not know. He speaks to us in dreams and ...

Dreams

“ The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.”-Sigmund Freud ...

Dreams

All that we see or seemIs but a dream within a dream.”-Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845) What is real? It has been ...

Dreams

“When you dream, you dialogue with aspects of yourself that normally are not with you in the daytime and you ...

Dreams

“I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they’ve gone through ...

Effort

“John Wooden taught us that doing the best you are capable of is victory enough.”-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947- ) John Wooden, who ...

Effort

“You can’t always get what you want.But if you try sometimes,You just might findYou get what you need.”-Mick Jagger (1943 ...

Effort

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.”-Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) Full effort is mindfulness ...

Effort

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious ...

Effort

“Babies are a nuisance, of course. But so does everything seem to be that is worth while – husbands and ...

Energy

“ Energy is Eternal Delight.”-William Blake (1757-1827) Think about the energy of the sun. It provides light and heat and ...

Energy

“The worshipper of energy is too physically energetic to see that he cannot explore certain higher fields until he is ...

Energy

“The greater the tension, the greater is the potential. Great energy springs from a correspondingly great tension of opposites.”-Carl G ...

Energy

“Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”-Sarah Bernhardt (1966) Energy is one of ...

Energy

“Energy is the power that drives every human being. It is not lost by exertion but maintained by it, for ...

Enthusiasm

“Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, and truth ...

Enthusiasm

“Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”-Dale Carnegie Remember that ...

Enthusiasm

“All we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”-Charles Kingsley There are so many things that ...

Enthusiasm

“The measure of an enthusiasm must be taken between interesting events. It is between bites that the lukewarm angler loses ...

Enthusiasm

“No one keeps up his enthusiasm automatically. Enthusiasm must be nourished with new actions, new aspirations, new efforts, new vision ...

Experience

“We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Aren’t we funny? This is so true! Sometimes it takes ...

Experience

“A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.”-Oliver Wendell Holmes, St. (1809-1894) So where do these insights come from if ...

Experience

“If it be knowledge or wisdom one is seeking, then one had better go direct to the source. And the ...

Experience

“Experience is what you get looking for something else.”-Mary Pettibone Poole, 1938 And many years later, John Lennon said: “Life is ...

Experience

“What is it which is bought dearly, offered for nothing, and then most often refused? – Experience, old people’s experience.”-Isak ...

Faith

“Faith is a mental attitude that is so convinced of its own idea – which so completely accepts it – ...

Faith

“ Any anxious thought as to the means to be employed in the accomplishment of our purposes is quite unnecessary ...

Faith

“Faith is the centerpiece of a connected life. It allows us to live by the grace of invisible strands. It ...

Faith

“ There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,Can circumvent or hinder or controlThe firm resolve of a determined soul.”-Ella ...

Faith

“ Faith makes the discords of the present the harmonies of the future.”-Robert Collyer (1823-1912) American Unitarian clergy Just as we ...

Forgiveness

“ The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good.”-Catherine Ponder Forgiveness tends to be one of those ...

Forgiveness

“Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself.”-Harriet Uts Nelson When we hold on to our grudges, ...

Forgiveness

“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.”-Robert Muller Think ...

Forgiveness

“ Dream of your brother’s kindnesses instead of dwelling in your dreams on his mistakes. Select his thoughtfulness to dream ...

Forgiveness

“ To err is human; to forgive, divine.”-Alexander Pope I’ve heard this quote dozens of times, but I never knew who ...

Freedom

“Freedom is not won on the battlefields. The chance for freedom is wonthere. The final battle is won or lost ...

Freedom

“ That is the truly beautiful and encouraging aspect of freedom; no onestruggles for it just for himself.”-Fanny Lewald, in ...

Freedom

“I believe in freedom – social, economical, domestic, political, mental and spiritual.”-Elbert Hubbard Freedom is all-encompassing; you can’t have one “kind”of ...

Freedom

“To have freedom is only to have that which is absolutely necessary toenable us to be what we ought to ...

Freedom

“ A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeshipfor freedom.”-Imamu Amiri Baraka, in Kulchur There ...

Friendship

"Those friends thou hast, and their adoptions tried,Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel."-Shakespeare One of the greatest gifts ...

Friendship

"However deep our devotion may be to parents, or to children, it isour contemporaries alone with whom understanding is instinctiveand ...

Friendship

"The only way to have a friend is to be one."-Ralph Waldo Emerson Friendship is ours to give. It is a ...

Friendship

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not bornuntil they arrive, and it is only by this ...

Friendship

"Friendship's a noble name, 'tis love refined."-Susannah Centlivre, The Stolen Heiress (1703) It's interesting that one of the top-rated TV shows ...

Giving

“The greatest grace of a gift, perhaps, is that it anticipates and admits of no return.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) Give without ...

Giving

A man there was, though some did count him mad,The more he cast away, the more he had.”-John Bunyan (1628-1688) So ...

Giving

“The one desire which grows more and more is to give… Giving and receiving are at bottom one thing, dependent ...

Giving

“When I give I give myself.”-Walt Whitman (1819-1892) Most of us have too much “stuff.” We could probably give half of ...

Giving

“We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.”-Anne-Sophie Swetchine (1869) God’s gifts to us ...

God

For a While We have all come to the right place.We all sit in God's classroom.Now,The only thing left for us ...

God

"God is a circle whose center is everywhere, and its circumference nowhere."-Empedocles God is omnipresent, without borders, without limitations. Everywhere we ...

God

"Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere."-Emerson "Glory" is a great word! Glory, ...

God

"We know God easily, if we do not constrain ourselves to define him."-Joubert We could wax on and on about all ...

God

"God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame."-Elizabeth Barrett Browning There is so much more to life and to living than ...

Grace

“It is the grace of God that helps those who do everything that lies within their power to achieve that ...

Grace

“ The breeze of God’s grace is blowing continually. You have to set your sail to catch that breeze.”-Swami Prabhavananda ...

Grace

“The state of love is the state of grace.”-N. Sri Ram (1899-?) This is the simplest definition of “grace” that I ...

Grace

“All is waiting and all is work; all is change and all is permanence. All is grace.”-Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (1984) All ...

Grace

“Grace comes into the soul, as the morning sun into the world; first a dawning; then a light; and at ...

Gratitude

"A grateful thought toward heaven is of itself a prayer."-Lessing What other topic could be better for Thanksgiving week than Gratitude? ...

Gratitude

"It is another's fault if he be ungrateful, but it is mine if I do not give. To find one ...

Gratitude

When thankfulness o'erflows the swelling heart, and breathes in free and uncorrupted praise for benefits received, propitious Heaven takes such ...

Gratitude

"O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness."-Shakespeare I read a comic strip this morning and ...

Gratitude

"It was easier to do a friendly thing than it was to stay and be thanked for it."-Louisa May Alcott, ...

Happiness

"If you observe a really happy man, you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, ...

Happiness

"If my heart can become pure and simple like that of a child, I think there can be no happiness ...

Happiness

"If you are unhappy, you are too high up in your mind."-Carl Jung Happiness is a choice. We can CHOOSE to ...

Happiness

"Happiness is a present attitude - not a future condition."-Hugh Prather How many times have we heard: "I'll be happy WHEN.. ...

Happiness

"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity ...

Heaven

“We must… make the kingdom of God a reality in this world by works of love.”-Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) Heaven. Each of ...

Heaven

“The world to come is not only a hereafter but also a herenow.”-Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) Heaven is not just “out ...

Heaven

“Heaven is always pictured as a community – never as made up of individuals who live in boxes, which they ...

Heaven

ldquo;The kingdom of God is within you.”-Jesus (A.D. 1st cent.) Luke 17:21 Where is Heaven? Within you. Within me. Within each ...

Heaven

“Heaven is neither a place nor a time.”-Florence Nightingale (1913) So, what is Heaven? It’s something different to each of us ...

Home

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it. There is no event greater in life than the ...

Home

“Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”-John Howard Payne (1791-1852) Even ...

Home

“Home, home on the range,Where the deer and the antelope play;Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,And the skies are ...

Home

“A house is no home unless it contain food and fire for the mind as well as for the body.”-Margaret ...

Home

“ A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in its permanence, in its capacity for accretion ...

Humor

“Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness ...

Humor

“ I think laughter may be a form of courage… As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the ...

Humor

“ Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you ...

Humor

“When humor goes, there goes civilization.”-Erma Bombeck We need humor to balance out all the other “stuff” that is going on ...

Humor

“Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.”-James Thurber (1894-1961) US humorist, illustrator Do you remember the TV show “My World and ...

Ideas

"Every new idea has something of the pain and peril of childbirth about it."-Samuel Butler (1835-1902) It seems like ideas are ...

Ideas

" Ideas come from God."-Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Ideas are so ethereal- we wonder where they come from, how we "get" them ...

Ideas

" You talk of our having an idea; we do not have an idea. The idea has us, and martyrs ...

Ideas

"The man with a new idea is a Crank until the idea succeeds."-Mark Twain (1835-1910) Imagine the ridicule that the Wright ...

Ideas

" Now some people when they sit down to write and nothing special comes, no good ideas, are so frightened ...

Independence

" I've lived a life that's fullI've traveled each and ev'ry highway,And more, much more than this,I did it my ...

Independence

" The first of earthly blessings, independence."-Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) Since the 4th of July, Independence Day in the U.S., is this ...

Independence

" The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself."-Montaigne (1533-1592) Independence could also be called ...

Independence

" What is independence? Freedom from all laws or bonds except those of one's own being, control'd by the universal ...

Independence

"No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings."-William Blake I guess this is another way of saying ...

Inspiration

“Stung by the splendour of a sudden thought.”-Robert Browning (1812-1889) Robert Browning describes inspiration so poetically. And isn’t that exactly what ...

Inspiration

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, precisely, the conjunction of learning and inspiration.”-Wanda Landowska, in Denise Restout, ed., ...

Inspiration

“I am one who, when Love inspires, attend, and according as he speaks within me, so I express myself.”-Dante (1265-1321) Writers ...

Inspiration

“Don’t loaf and invite inspiration.Light out after it with a club.”-Jack London (1876-1916) Inspiration can come to us… but more often ...

Inspiration

“ My affirmations or utterances come to me ready-made – not forethought – so that I occasionally awake in the ...

Inspiration

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, precisely, the conjunction of learning and inspiration.”-Wanda Landowska, in Denise Restout, ed., ...

Intuition

" You must train your intuition - you must trust the small voice inside you which tells you exactly what ...

Intuition

" By learning to contact, listen to, and act on our intuition, we can directly connect to the higher power ...

Intuition

"Instinct is the nose of the mind."-Madame De Girardin I love this! The nose doesn't "think" - it just senses- our ...

Intuition

"I go by instinct… I don't worry about experience."-Barbra Streisand This is such a powerful concept. Look at how this relates ...

Intuition

Trust your hunches… Hunches are usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. Warning! Do not confuse ...

Joy

"Joy is not in things; it is in us." -Richard Wagner "Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from ...

Joy

"Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever ...

Joy

"Joy is not in things; it is in us." - Richard Wagner Joy is always present, but do we choose to ...

Kindness

"Only kindness matters. We are God's hands." -Jewel Ask anyone what they value most in a person, what they remember most ...

Kindness

"Kindness is wisdom; there is none in life but needs it, and may learn." -Bailey It is truly amazing that as ...

Kindness

"Ask thyself, daily, to how many ill-minded persons thou hast shown a kind disposition."-Marcus Antoninus Therein lies the challenge! Sure, we ...

Kindness

"Deeds of kindness are equal in weight to all the commandments."-Talmud A kind word, a smile, a friendly gesture - sometimes ...

Kindness

"Heaven in sunshine will requite the kind."-Byron It is our nature to be kind. And most of the time, kindness comes ...

Language

" How did language develop? In much the same way as an economic order develops through the market - out ...

Language

" There have been periods in the history of the various cultures, when the language of spirituality was clear, accurate ...

Language

"Language is power… Language can be used as a means of changing reality."-Adrienne Rich (1929 - ) The words we say ...

Language

"England and America are two countries separated by the same language."-George Bernard Shaw (1856-1932) This is so funny, and so true! ...

Language

"I never taught language for the purpose of teaching it; but invariable used language as a medium for the communication ...

Laughter

“Laughter is the lightning rod of play, the eroticism of conversation.”-Eva Hoffman Look in any women’s magazine and you’ll find some ...

Laughter

“ Man is the only creature endowed with the power of laughter; is he not also the only one that ...

Laughter

“Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I’ve had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to ...

Laughter

“A good laugh is as good as a prayer sometimes.”-L.M. Montgomery Laughter heightens our senses so that we feel joy. And ...

Laughter

“A good laugh is sunshine in a house.”-William Makepeace Thackeray Norman Cousins discovered personally, and wrote eloquently, about the healing power ...

Leadership

“What you cannot enforce,Do not command!”-Sophocles (496? – 406 B.C.) The laws of nature are always at play. There are some ...

Leadership

“ The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is ...

Leadership

“Great leadership arises out of great conflict.”-James MacGregor Burns (1918- ) In turbulent times, we often find that the best ...

Leadership

“Divide and rule, the politician cries;Unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.”-Goethe (1749-1832) It has been said a million different ...

Leadership

“ Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”-Mother Teresa Now is the time for us to take ...

Learning

“ What we learn to do, we learn by doing.”-Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) There’s a difference between theory and practice. We may ...

Learning

“A primary method of learning is to go from the familiar to the unfamiliar.”-Glenn Doman, How to Teach Your Baby ...

Learning

“ You learn more from getting your butt kicked than from getting it kissed.”-Tom Hanks (1957- ) We often call life ...

Learning

“ It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows.”-Epictetus (A.D. 55? – 135?) The ...

Learning

“ I am still learning.”-Michelangelo (1475-1564) Michelangelo was a master – no one would dispute that. And yet, he knew there ...

Leisure

"Nothing excellent can be done without leisure."-Andre Gide (1869-1951) One of my favorite quotes is from Emerson who said: "Nothing great ...

Leisure

" Leisure is the mother of Philosophy."-Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) Leisure is our topic this week. We're in the midst of summer ...

Leisure

"He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate."-Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Spiritually, we know that there is ...

Leisure

" Leisure requires the evidence of our own feelings, because it is not so much a quality of time as ...

Leisure

"Leisure, some degree of it, is necessary to the health of every man's spirit."-Harriet Martineau, Society in America (1837) A woman ...

Life

“Trust life, and it will teach you, in joy and sorrow, all you need to know.”-James Baldwin (1924-1987) Here’s a broad ...

Life

“Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.”-Samuel Butler (1835-1902) Can’t you ...

Life

“ Life is what happens to youWhile you’re busyMaking other plans.”-John Lennon (1940-1980) We go about our lives trying really hard ...

life

“ I slept and dreamt that life way joy.I awoke and saw that life was duty.I acted and behold, duty ...

Life

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”-Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) We need to ask ...

Love

"Love is the central flame of the universe, nay, the very fire itself."-Ernest Holmes Of course, during this Valentine's week, our ...

Love

"We may think of the Divine as a fire whose outgoing warmth pervades the Universe."-Plotinus Many people say God IS love ...

Love

"Love is a fire and I am wood."-Rumi Love has been the subject for poets throughout the ages. In contemporary times, ...

Love

"All's love, yet all's law."-Robert Browning Love and Law are two sides of the same coin. Everything is love, and at ...

Love

"Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness... the energies of ...

Luck

"Luck to me means hard work - and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."-Lucille Ball (1911-1989) So, it's not just ...

Luck

"Luck is not chance-It's Toil-Fortune's expensive smileIs earned - "-Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) We hear time and time again that good luck ...

Luck

" Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose."-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Is there such a thing as luck? It's ...

Luck

"It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it."-Baltasar Gracian ...

Luck

" How can you say luck and chance are the same thing? Chance is the first step you take, luck ...

Meditation

“When one devotes oneself to meditation, mental burdens, unnecessary worries, and wandering thoughts drop off one by one; life seems ...

Meditation

“The very best and utmost attainment in this life is to remain still and let God act and speak in ...

Meditation

“You are used to listening to the buzz of the world, but now is the time to develop the inner ...

Meditation

ldquo; Meditation is the action of silence.”-Krishnamurti (1895-1986) Meditation is, quite simply, one of the best things we can do for ...

Meditation

“ The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this life. For it ...

Moments

“Each moment we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that never was before and ...

Moments

“Let me tell thee, time is a very precious gift of God, so precious that it’s only given to us ...

Moments

“I always say to myself, what is the most important thing we can think about at this extraordinary moment.”-Francois de ...

Moments

“ A player’s effectiveness is directly related to his ability to be right there, doing that thing, in the moment… ...

Moments

“Love the moment and the energy of the moment will spread beyond all boundaries.”-Corita Kent Love the moment. Isn’t that great? ...

Motherhood

“You might not have thought it possible to give birth to others before one has given birth to oneself, but ...

Motherhood

“ The most important thing she’s learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect ...

Motherhood

“Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite ...

Motherhood

“Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite ...

Motherhood

“Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of ...

Motherhood

“No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.”-Florida Scott-Maxwell, The Measure of ...

Music

“Music has charms to soothe a savage breast,To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.”-William Congreve (1670-1729) No, that’s not a ...

Music

“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheardAre sweeter.”-John Keats (1795-1821) When we listen very carefully to the silence we can hear ...

Music

“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of ...

Music

“Nothing recalls the past like music.”-Madame de Stael, Corinne (1807) We’ve all had that experience of driving around in the car, ...

Music

“Music comes first from my heart, and then goes upstairs to my head where I check it out.”-Roberta Flack (1993) Writing ...

Nature

“Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. She hums the old well-known air through innumerable ...

Nature

>“Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest ...

Nature

“Nothing in nature is isolated. Nothing is without reference to something else. Nothing achieves meaning apart from that which neighbors ...

Nature

“Ah, dear nature, the mere remembrance, after a short forgetfulness, of the pine woods! I come to it as a ...

Nature

“ The natural world is dynamic. From the expanding universe to the hair on a baby’s head, nothing is the ...

Optimism

"Thou hast seen nothing yet."-Cervantes (1547-1616) Don Quixote "You ain't seen nothin' yet."-Jimmy Durante (1893-1980) Entertainer. His signature line. "You ain't heard ...

Optimism

"I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's ...

Optimism

"I've got to admit it's getting betterIt's a little better all the time."-John Lennon (1940-1980) and Paul McCartney (1942-) "Getting ...

Optimism

"From every scrap you make a blanket."-Rose Chernin, in Kim Chernin, "In My Mother's House" (1983) When life gives you lemons.. ...

Optimism

"An optimist is the human personification of spring."-Susan J. Bissonette, in Reader's Digest (1979) A person with a good attitude is ...

Originality

“The will to originality is not the will to be peculiar and unlike anybody else; it means the desire to ...

Originality

“ People are always talking about originality; but what do they mean? As soon as we are born, the world ...

Originality

“Originality consists not only in doing things differently, but also in ‘doing things better.’”-Edward C. Stedman (1833-1908) I think that this ...

Originality

“True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.”-Edith Wharton, The Writing of Fiction, 1925 Each of ...

Originality

“Originality is… a by-product of sincerity.”-Marianne Moore, in Vogue, 1963 Sincerity is honesty, truth, meaningfulness. And when we share who we ...

Paradoxes

"Heaven and earth do nothingYet there is nothing they do not do."-Chuang-Tzu (369-286 B.C.) This week our topic is "paradoxes." There ...

Paradoxes

" All cases are unique, and very similar to others."-T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) I find this to be true every day of ...

Paradoxes

" Almost anything you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."-Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) If ...

Paradoxes

"There is a Law of Reversed Effort. The harder we try with the conscious will to do something, the less ...

Paradoxes

" God hides things by putting them near us."-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Isn't this so true? It's one of those "forest ...

Passion

“Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron ...

Passion

“ It is the soul’s duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master ...

Passion

“Passion is what the sun feels for the earthWhen harvests ripen into golden birth.”-Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1888) This is so beautifully ...

Passion

“The fiery moments of passionate experience are the moments of wholeness and totality of the personality.”-Anais Nin (1968) Passion is often ...

Passion

“How little do they know human nature, who think they can say to passion, so far shalt thou go, and ...

Patience

“Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.”-Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) It is easy to understand that patience ...

Patience

“ What is your need to eat the seed,When growth might be so sweet?”-Ann Wickham, 1915 Ah, this sounds almost like ...

Patience

“How poor are they that have not patience!What wound did ever heal but by degrees?”-Shakespeare, Othello Sometimes we need to just ...

Patience

“Patience is not passive: on the contrary it is active; it is concentrated strength.”-Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) English novelist Look at ...

Patience

“Steady, patient, persevering thinking, will generally surmount every obstacle in the search after truth.”-Nathaniel Emmons (1745-1840) Aren’t we all together in ...

Peace

"Love is not a doctrine. Peace is not an international agreement. Love and Peace are beings who live as possibilities ...

Peace

"Our goal must be not peace in our time but peace for all time."-Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) Informal remarks, Galesberg, ...

Peace

"Speak, move, act in peace, as if you were in prayer. In truth, this is prayer."-Francis de S. Fenelon (1651-1715), ...

Peace

"I have found that life persists in the midst of destruction and therefore must be a higher law than that ...

Peace

"Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures."-John ...

Peace

Sublime is the momentWhen the world is at peaceAnd the limitless deepLies bathed in the morning sun.-Hirohito (1901-1989) Untitled poem. This ...

Perception

"Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts ...

Perception

"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change."-Buddha Our perception tends to be ...

Perception

"Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts ...

Perception

"We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are."-The Talmud We're each looking through different eyes, ...

Perception

To a large degree "reality" is whatever the people who are around at the time agree to."-Milton H. Miller Basically, the ...

Perception

"Change your thoughts, and in the twinkling of an eye, all your conditions change. Your world is a world of ...

Perfection

“Perhaps the crescent moon smiles in doubtat being told that it is a fragmentawaiting perfection.”-Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) I love this! Tagore ...

Perfection

“ Ring the bells that still can ring,forget your perfect offering.There’s a hole in everything,That’s how the light comes thru.”-Leonard ...

Perfection

“The true perfection of man lies, not in what man has, but in what man is.”-Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) What man is ...

Perfection

“Everything, by an impulse of its own nature, tends towards its perfection.”-Dante (A.D. 1265-1321) Is it our nature to seek perfection? ...

Perfection

“ Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. Neglect nothing; the most trivial ...

Practice

"We must be the change we wish to see in the world."-Mahatma Gandhi Our spiritual practice has purpose. It helps us ...

Practice

"Whoever perseveres will be crowned."-Johann Gottfried von Herder (German author, 1744-1803) Remember the old joke, "How do you get to Carnegie ...

Practice

"We call prayer... that speech of man to God which, whatever else is asked, ultimately asks for the manifestation of ...

Practice

"Never bring the car home without gas in the tank."-Ron Shelton Our spiritual practice is as essential to our soul as ...

Practice

"Educate the heart - educate the heart."-Hiram Powers We know, conclusively and scientifically now, thanks to Dr. Paul Pearsall, that the ...

Praise

“When you do well, do not praise yourself but the gods.”-Bias (6th cent B.C.) One of the Seven Sages of ...

Praise

“ The advantage of doing one’s praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly ...

Praise

“The house praises the carpenter.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) I guess this is another way of saying that your work speaks for ...

Praise

>“ My soul preached to me and said, “Do not be delighted because of praise, and do not be distressed ...

Praise

“ I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep ...

Prayer

“ Prayer is something deeper than words. It is present in the soul before it has been formulated in words ...

Prayer

“ You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of ...

Prayer

“ Tomorrow I plan to work, work, from early until late. In fact I have so much to do that ...

Prayer

“Time spent on the knees in prayer will do more to remedy heart strain and nerve worry than anything else.”-George ...

Prayer

“ The purpose of prayer is to reveal the presence of God equally present, all the time, in every condition.”-Oswald ...

Present

“No mind is much employed upon the present: recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments.”-Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) Most of ...

Present

“The present is the future of the past.”-Karl Popper (1902-1994) “We are tomorrow’s past.”-Mary Webb, Precious Bane, 1924 We can’t change what ...

Present

“ Now or never! You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each ...

Present

“The present is the necessary product of all the past, the necessary cause of all the future.”-Robert G. Ingersoll, 1899 I ...

Present

“The older one gets the more one feels that the present must be enjoyed: it is a precious gift, comparable ...

Progress

“Frozen food is not progress.”-Russell Baker (1925- ) Technology has offered us some amazing conveniences – but at what expense? Do ...

Progress

“ Our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.”-George ...

Progress

“ Each step upward makes me feel stronger and fit for the next step.”-Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) One day at a ...

Progress

“ Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and regression, of evolution ...

Progress

“ I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction ...

Purpose

“ Not only to see and find the Divine in oneself, but to see and find the Divine in all, ...

Purpose

“The human soul, the world, the universe are laboring on to their magnificent consummation. We are not fashioned… marvelously for ...

Purpose

“ The purpose of life on earth is that the soul should grow – So grow! By doing what is ...

Purpose

“ Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,Is our destined end or way;But to act, that each tomorrowFind us farther than today.”-Henry ...

Purpose

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”-Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) We each ...

Reality

“There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal ...

Reality

“Nothing which is at all times and in every way agreeable to us can have objective reality. It is of ...

Reality

“All our interior world is reality – and that perhaps more so than our apparent world.”-Marc Chagall Love, joy, bliss, peace ...

Reality

“ Reality has changed chameleonlike before my eyes so many times that I have learned, or am learning, to trust ...

Reality

“We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.”-Iris Murdoch Have ...

Relationships

“Intimate relationships cannot substitute for a life plan. But to have any meaning or viability at all, a life plan ...

Relationships

“Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough ...

Relationships

“Union is only possible to those who are units. To be fit for relations in time, souls, whether of man ...

Relationships

“The biggest mistake is believing there is one right way to listen, to talk, to have a conversation – or ...

Relationships

“ The long-term accommodation that protects marriage and other such relationships is… forgetfulness.”-Alice Walker, You Can’t Keep a Good Woman ...

Remembrance

“The world does not require so much to be informed as reminded.”-Hannah More (1745-1833) English author This week our topic is ...

Remembrance

“How can such deep-imprinted images sleep in us at times, till a word, a sound, awake them?”-Gotthold E. Lessing (1729-1781) ...

Remembrance

“The joys I have possessed are ever mine; out of thy reach, behind eternity, hid in the sacred treasure of ...

Remembrance

“The joys I have possessed are ever mine; out of thy reach, behind eternity, hid in the sacred treasure of ...

Remembrance

“ How we remember, what we remember, and why we remember form the most personal map of our individuality.”Christina Baldwin ...

Renewal

“ The natural healing force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.”-Hippocrates Spring has sprung! Doesn’t ...

Renewal

“Whatever the mind holds to and firmly believes in, forms a new pattern of thought within its creative mold, as ...

Renewal

“You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.”-Heraclitus Here on earth, ...

Renewal

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”-Psalm 51:10 Spirit is all-loving, all-encompassing, unbounded, ...

Renewal

“The house of the Divine is not closed to any who knock sincerely at its gates, whatever their past stumbles ...

Resolution

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing."-Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) It's ...

Resolution

"Resolve, and thou art free."-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) Our resolutions carry power! We can do anything we set our mind to ...

Resolution

"Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve."-Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) A resolution is a commitment - it's ...

Resolution

"Paths clear before those who know where they're going and are determined to get there."-Anonymous Once we set our minds on ...

Resolution

"He who is firm and resolute in will moulds the world to himself."-Goethe We are blessed with choice, with free will ...

Self-Knowledge

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”-Henry David Thoreau As ...

Self-Knowledge

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.”-Lao-tzu There are so many things to learn in this life. We spend years ...

Self-Knowledge

“No one remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself.”-Thomas Mann Does the world change when we understand who we ...

Self-Knowledge

“A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us.”-Antoine de Saint-Exupery Sometimes one single event is all ...

Self-Knowledge

“ It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient, too.”-Josh Billings I guess from ...

Self-Realization

“I had become a new person; and those who knew the old person laughed at me. The only man who ...

Self-Realization

“One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as ...

Self-Realization

“ King Henry: Presume not that I am the thing I was;For God doth know, so shall the world perceive,That ...

Self-Realization

“ Spiritual living is a fulfillment from moment to moment, in which the outer person is in a state of ...

Self-Realization

“ Most people are like a falling leaf that drifts and turns in the air, flutters, and falls to the ...

Service

“There is no greater satisfaction for a just and well-meaning person than the knowledge that he has devoted his best ...

Service

“Serve self you serve societyServe society serve yourself.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Besides helping other people, service has the added benefit of ...

Service

“ In the time we have it is surely our duty to do all the good we can to all ...

Service

“All altruism springs from putting yourself in the other person’s place.”-Harry Emerson Fosdick It’s all about empathy. We are all one ...

Service

“If we could all hear one another’s prayers, God might be relieved of some of his burden.”-Ashleigh Brilliant We are here ...

Sharing

"For we must share, if we would keep, that blessing from above;Ceasing to give, we cease to have;such is the ...

Sharing

" Sharing what you have is more important than what you have."-Albert M. Wells, Jr. Sharing is not limited to material ...

Sharing

" Imagine no possessionsI wonder if you canNo need for greed and hungerA brotherhood of manImagine all the peopleSharing all ...

Sharing

" Friends share all things."-Pythagoras (580? - 500? B.C.) True friends share things without even realizing it sometimes. When one of ...

Sharing

"No good thing is pleasant to possess without friends to share it."-Seneca the Younger (5? B.C. - A.D. 65) What's the ...

Silence

“Thought works in silence, so does virtue. One might erect statues to Silence.”-Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Silence is the single most important ...

Silence

“Silence is the mother of truth.”-Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) Silence gives birth to so many wonderful things. It is from this space ...

Silence

“Silence is the language of God.”-Swami Sivananda (1887-1963) Are we really listening when we are in silence? Or are we “thinking” ...

Silence

“It [would be] vain for me to endeavor to interpret the Silence. She cannot be done into English.”-Henry David Thoreau ...

Silence

“Silence is the perfectest herald of joy.”-Shakespeare (1564-1616) Claudio, in Much Ado About Nothing Some people might think of silence as ...

Silence

“Quietness is indeed a sign of strength. But quietness may also help one to achieve strength.”-Franz Kafka (1883-1924) We all have ...

Simplicity

“In character, in manners, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) Have you noticed that ...

Simplicity

“Our life is frittered away by detail… Simplify, simplify, simplify.”-Henry David Thoreau, Walden How many ways can we say this, or ...

Simplicity

“Manifest plainness,Embrace simplicity,Reduce selfishness,Have few desires.”-Lao-tzu, The Way of Life Another word for simple is “easy.” With ease, doesn’t that sound ...

Simplicity

“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”-Laura Ingalls Wilder (1917) What’s real? Schedules, ...

Simplicity

“When thought is too weak to be simply expressed, it is a clear proof that it should be rejected.”-Luc de ...

Solitude

“Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.”-James Russell Lowell, Among My Books Solitude, time ...

Solitude

“Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous – to poetry. But also, it gives ...

Solitude

“I have never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”-Henry David Thoreau, Walden No one can know you as ...

Solitude

“We’re all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life!”-Tennessee Williams, Orpheus Descending There comes a time ...

Solitude

“The secret of solitude is that there is no solitude.”-Joseph Cook, Conscience (1880) So the secret is out! When we understand ...

Soul

“The growth of the soul may be compared to the growth of a plant. In both cases, no new properties ...

Soul

“The soul of man … is a portion or a copy of the soul of the Universe and is joined ...

Soul

“ All religion, all life, all art, all expression come down to this: to the effort of the human soul ...

Soul

“ The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.”-Plato (427-347 B.C.) The physical world is temporary and transient. It is ever ...

Soul

“The soul unfolds itself like a lotus of countless petals.”-Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) Our spiritual growth is such a beautiful thing. We ...

Spirituality

“The spiritual quest begins, for most people, as a search for meaning.”-Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, 1980 The topic for this ...

Spirituality

“Peace is a necessary condition of spirituality, no less than an inevitable result of it.”-Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) Peace is reason enough ...

Spirituality

“Nothing in all nature is so lovely and so vigorous, so perfectly at home in its environment, as a fish ...

Spirituality

“ Although I tryto hold the single thoughtof Buddha’s teaching in my heart,I cannot help but hearthe many crickets’ voices ...

Spirituality

“We cannot take a single step toward heaven. It is not in our power to travel in a vertical direction ...

Success

“Self-trust is the first secret of success”-Ralph Waldo Emerson Since this is the time of year that many people are graduating ...

Success

“If a man wants his dreams to come true, he must wake up.”-Anonymous Dreams might come to us, but success is ...

Success

“ I am not the smartest or most talented person in the world, but I succeeded because I keep going, ...

Success

“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of knowing you did your best to become the best ...

Success

“Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed”-Corita Kent Present-moment awareness. Being awake and aware and ...

Teachers

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."-Albert Einstein (1879-1955) This week is ...

Teachers

"An understanding heart is everything in a teacher… One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude ...

Teachers

" The teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is himself taught in dialogue with the students, who ...

Teachers

" When the National Science Foundation asked the "breakthrough" scientists what they felt was the most favorable factor in their ...

Teachers

" No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your ...

The present

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about ...

The present

“ Stay present. You’ll always have time to worry later on if you want to.”-Dan Millman Do we worry because we ...

The present

“For you, the world is weird because if you’re not bored with it you’re at odds with it. For me ...

The present

“ On Arturo Toscanini’s eightieth birthday, someone asked his son, Walter, what his father ranked as his most important achievement ...

The present

“ Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.”-Henry Miller (1891-1980) How ...

Thoughts

“The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, ...

Thoughts

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”-Proverbs 23:7 Even way back when the bible was written people were ...

Thoughts

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we ...

Thoughts

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”-Marcus Antonius (A.D. 86-161) How often do we think about ...

Thoughts

“When you rule your mind you rule your world. When you choose your thoughts you choose results.”-Imelda Shanklin Our minds are ...

Time

“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.”-Maria Edgeworth (1801) We don’t need to plan ...

Time

“Time and space are only forms of thought.”-Edith Nesbitt “Measure, time and number are nothing but modes of thought or rather ...

Time

“I grew up in a gentler, slower time. When Ike was president, Christmases were years apart, and now it’s about ...

Time

“ As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time.”-John Mason (1706-1773) Some might joke that John ...

Time

“ There is a time to be born, and a time to die, says Solomon, and it is the memento ...

Transformation

“The sacred call is transformative. It is an invitation to our souls, a mysterious voice reverberating within, a tug on ...

Transformation

“Transformation means replacing old values with new ones in the evolution of conscious life.”-Kazimierz Dabrowski, 1964 Things change. That’s for sure! ...

Transformation

“ You don’t go through a deep personal transformation without some kind of a dark night of the soul.”-Sam Keen ...

Transformation

“An underlying urge to self-transformation possibly lies at the basis of all existence, finding expression in the process of growth, ...

Transformation

“Any transformation of one person invites accommodating transformations in others.”-R.D. Laing (1927-1989) We’re all connected. There is a unity that can’t ...

Truth

“We know truth, not only by reason, but also by the heart.”-Blaise Pascal (1723-1662) In many ways, truth is intuitive. We ...

Truth

“This is the character of truth: it is of all time, it is for all men, it has only to ...

Truth

“This is the character of truth: it is of all time, it is for all men, it has only to ...

Truth

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”-Mark Twain (1835-1910) Of ...

Truth

“There are no new truths, but only truths that have not been recognized by those who have perceived them without ...

Truth

“Truth – is as old as God –His Twin identityAnd will endure as long as HeA Co-Eternity –“-Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) Truth ...

Uncertainty

“ If we insist on being as sure as is conceivable… we must be content to creep along the ground, ...

Uncertainty

“Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope, and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain ...

Uncertainty

“The unknown is what it is. And to be frightened of it is what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams, ...

Uncertainty

“Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don’t let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and ...

Uncertainty

“ The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold ...

Understanding

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into ...

Understanding

“Those who understand only what can be explained understand very little.”-Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) There is so much more to this ...

Understanding

“Sometimes it proves the highest understanding not to understand.”-Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658) Some things seem beyond our understanding. Certain algebraic formulas, for ...

Understanding

“ In what we really understand, we reason but little.”-William Hazlitt (1778-1830) True understanding is knowingness. We don’t have to be ...

Understanding

“ Much learning does not teach understanding.”-Heraclitus (540?- 480?) Where do we find understanding? It doesn’t just come from education. It ...

Understanding

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into ...

Wisdom

“Wise men hear and seeAs little children do.”-Lao-Tzu (6th cent. B.C.) Children see things with an open mind and an open ...

Wisdom

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Since this newsletter is called ...

Wisdom

“ The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, ...

Wisdom

“It is easier to be wise for others than for oneself.”-La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) This is so true! Don’t we all give ...

Wisdom

“Wisdom cannot be pass’d from one having it to another not having it.Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible ...

Wisdom News 1

“How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” -Shakespeare, Othello Sometimes we need to just ...

Wisdom News 2

"Only kindness matters. We are God's hands." -Jewel Ask anyone what they value most in a person, what they remember most about ...

Words

“The more perfect the understanding between men, the less need of words.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Have you ever noticed how, with ...

Words

“ You can stroke people with words.”-F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) What would we do without language? This is how we communicate ...

Words

“ Words make another place, a place to escape to with your spirit alone.”-Robert MacNeil (1931 - ) We all know ...

Words

“ You may choose your word like a connoisseur,And polish it up with art,But the word that sways, and stirs, ...

Words

“ Words and eggs must be handled with care.Once broken they are impossiblethings to repair.”-Anne Sexton, 1975 Another way of making ...

Work

"I believe in hard work. It keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and the spirit."-Helena Rubinstein "To find joy in ...

Work

"The man [or woman!] who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely ...

Work

"He [or she!] who would really benefit mankind [humankind] must reach them through their work."-Henry Ford Another famous American businessman who ...

Work

"If a man [or woman!] love the labor of any trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the ...

Work

"All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. Work is ...