Archives for November 2012

When one of us tells the truth …

“When one of us tells the truth, he makes it easier for all of us to open our hearts to our pain and to the pain of others.” – Mary Pipher, in reference to the book ~ Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

Build an Altar

“Suffering is like a pile of rocks. You can choose to carry the load, throw them at someone, just let them lay there, or you can build an altar.”
– Chad Arnold re: the death of his brother, Ryan
in a Journal entry entitled, “Steppingstones”

Extract the Precious from the Worthless

“The great danger of our age is to be lulled to sleep by the anesthesia of abundance. To have so much yet mean so little. To move so fast that we have no time to savor life’s sweet and simple pleasures. To let things temporal crowd out things eternal. To be too busy for those we love so that someday we are gone, or they are, before we acquire the good sense to slow down and extract the precious from the worthless.” – Steve Forbes quoted in My America: What My Country Means to Me

Thoughts Have Power

“She came to see the difference between a frightening reality and a frightening thought, and she realized that the latter, though genuinely unnerving, could not hurt her. A scary thought has no power to hurt you unless you believe it.” – Martha Beck, The Four Day Win

Sit still

“Why is ‘not doing’ so hard?” – Sue Bender,
Everyday Sacred: A Woman’s Journey Home

It Shouldn’t Have Happened

“We have to look at our childhood and its effect on our mind as it is. Our childhood is over. Our mind is now our responsibility. It only delays our mental freedom to say ‘it shouldn’t have happened’. Of course it shouldn’t have. But it did.” – Hugh Prather, The Little Book of Letting Go: A Revolutionary 30-Day Program to Cleanse Your Mind, Lift Your Spirit and Replenish Your Soul

When the heart is engaged …

“When the heart is engaged, it drives the body to act on the mind’s ideas; when your heart energy is absent ~ when your heart energy is not in something, your actions have no force.” – Caroline Myss, Invisible Acts of Power: Channeling Grace in Your Everday Life

… a world lives in you

“You can kiss your family and friends goodbye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”
– Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth:The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale

Everyone Has an Innate Healer

“I believe that everyone has an innate healer; it is the capacity to tune into a deeper part of ourselves and intuit a process of healing that comes from the culmination of all our life experiences. It is what we have learned to be true, honest and real, and to reveal from inside us.”
Kristine Carlson:
Heartbroken Open: A Memoir From Loss to Self-Discovery

Challenging Assumptions, Creative Solutions

“Some people are particularly good at identifying and challenging assumptions. In their quest to find creative solutions to seemingly impossible problems, they question the limits of what is reasonable and possible. They start their lives
over in exotic locations, they take on projects that have a grand scope, they make choices that seem radical, and they carve out a path that leads them into uncharted territory. We often watch in awe, preventing ourselves from taking the same leaps.” – Tina Seelig,
What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World