Friday, November 30, 2007

I have been

I have been truthful all along the way. The truth is more interesting, and if you tell the truth you never have to cover your tracks.

~Real Live Preacher

This isn't

This isn't good or bad. It's just the way of things. Nothing stays the same.

~Real Live Preacher

God, I don't have

God, I don’t have great faith, but I can be faithful. My belief in you may be seasonal, but my faithfulness will not. I will follow in the way of Christ. I will act as though my life and the lives of others matter. I will love. I have no greater gift to offer than my life. Take it.

~Real Live Preacher

My life

My life is the story of a man who always wants to carry too much. My spiritual quest is the painful process of learning to let go of things not essential.

~Real Live Preacher

I believe love

I believe love is primarily a choice and only sometimes a feeling. If you want to feel love, choose to love and be patient.

~Real Live Preacher

Fidelity

Fidelity to commitment in the face of doubts and fears is a very spiritual thing.

~Real Live Preacher

The only comfort

The only comfort comes in thinking about how nice it was to know them, and how nice it was to brush against goodness for a season.



~Real Live Preacher

Thursday, November 29, 2007

You can always choose

You can always choose to open yourself, in the midst of a thousand graces and setbacks, to the oneness with God that is the reality of all that is real.

~James Finley

The hardest

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.

~Helen Hayes (at 73)

I refuse

I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows.

~Janette Barber

My second favorite

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first one being -- hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.

~Erma Bombeck

Old age

Old age ain't no place for sissies.

~Bette Davis

Inside me

Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut her up with cookies.

~unknown

I'm not

I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.

~Roseanne Barr

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

And after death

And after death...you will begin to see that your life here is almost nothing but the sum total of every choice you have made during every moment of your life. Your thoughts, which you are responsible for, are as real as your deeds. You will begin to realize that every word and every deed affects your life and also touches thousands of lives.

~ Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The secret

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.

~The Buddha

To hold

To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go.

~Tao Te Ching

We can

We can choose to live in joy.

~Joseph Campbell

We choose

We choose. We choose what carries energy in our lives. We choose what we pay attention to. We choose what mental and emotional impulses and responses drive us.

~Christina Baldwin

At any given moment

At any given moment you can choose to grow where you are planted. You can yield to the subtle inclination that tugs at your heart to open yourself to the presence of God that is always there.

~James Finley

Every choice

Every choice we make, every thought and feeling we have, is an act of power that has biological, environmental, social, personal, and global consequences.

~Caroline Myss

We always have

We always have a choice. We can let the garden of our life grow wild and unattended until it fills with weeds, or we can take up the proper tools and tend to our garden until we create a place of unimaginable loveliness.

~John Marks Templeton

Sunday, November 18, 2007

You feed something

You feed something every time you think, so you must decide what it will be. Do you want to feed your separation, your alienation? It will increase. Do you want to feed your Wholeness? It, too, will increase. You are the way to Truth and Light. You are the way! Gather up your awareness and place it where you wish it to be and it will stay there, fixed, until you move it again. It’s really up to you.

~Mary-Margaret Moore

We are continually

We are continually engaged in the evolution of self and world – and we have the power to choose, moment by moment, between that which gives life and that which deals death.

~Parker J. Palmer

We choose

We choose the god-like splendor
Of the best-beloved Sun
To inspire us;
May the shining Sun
Brighten your life!

~The Ramayana

We choose

We choose our lives, we make them, we cocreate them, we give birth to them by the ‘inward’ choices we make.

~Matthew Fox

What is dark

What is dark clings to what is light and so enhances the brightness of the latter. A luminous thing giving out light must have within itself something that perseveres; otherwise it will in time burn itself out. Everything that gives light is dependent on something to which it clings, in order that it may continue to shine.

Thus the sun and moon cling to heaven, and grain, grass, and trees cling to the earth. So too the twofold clarity of the dedicated man clings to what is right and thereby can shape the world. Human life on earth is conditioned and unfree, and when man recognizes this limitation and makes himself dependent upon the harmonious and beneficent forces of the cosmos, he achieves success.

~I Ching

One need remain

One need remain in hell no longer than one chooses to; we can rise to any heaven we ourselves choose; and when we choose so to rise, all the higher powers of the Universe combine to help us heavenward.

~R. W. Trine

You can choose

You can choose to think positive thoughts or negative thoughts. You can choose to feel happy or sad. You can choose to see the positive in a negative situation, or the negative in a positive situation.

~Rabbi Shoni Labowitz

We're here

We’re here to learn to love more fully, to be God or angels in disguise for one another, to show our love, to show our compassion, to be active in creation. That is the reason and the meaning behind our lives. Each of us has a choice about how to love the world in our unique way.

~Bernie Siegel

Joyousness

Joyousness that is weighed is not at peace. After ridding himself of mistakes a man has joy. Often a man finds himself weighing the choice between various kinds of pleasures, and so long as he has not decided which kind he will choose, the higher or the lower, he has no inner peace. Only when he clearly recognizes that passion brings suffering, can he make up his mind to turn away from the lower pleasures and to strive for the higher. Once this decision is sealed, he finds true joy and peace, and inner conflict is overcome.

~I Ching

True joy

True joy must spring from within. But if one is empty within and wholly given over to the world, idle pleasures come streaming in from without. This is what many people welcome as diversion. Those who lack inner stability and therefore need amusement, will always find opportunity of indulgence. They attract external pleasures by the emptiness of their natures. Thus they lose themselves more and more, which of course has bad results.

~I Ching

The depth

The depth of the psyche, the unconscious, is not made by man but is divinely created nature.

~C. G. Jung

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

All paths

All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. However, a path without a heart is never enjoyable. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy—it does not make a warrior work at liking it; it makes for a joyful journey; as long as a man follows it, he is one with it.

~Carlos Castaneda

Your pain is

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy; And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields. And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

~Kahlil Gibran

Choose to be

Choose to be in close proximity to people who are empowering, who appeal to your sense of connection to intention, who see the greatness in you, who feel connected to God, who live a life that gives evidence that Spirit has found celebration through them.

~Wayne Dyer

Sunday, November 11, 2007

I'm not

I'm not going to live forever...
I just wanna live while I'm alive.

~John Bon Jovi

The past

The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshiped. It is our future in which we find greatness.

~Pierre Trudeau

The intuitive mind

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

~Albert Einstein

Within each soul

Within each soul is a passion: an inner fire born of love and the intellegence profoundly immersed in the wholeness of creation--therefore, an intelligence burning with compassion. A blessing is this very soulfire made manifest.

~David Spangler

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Twenty years from now

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

~Mark Twain

In life

In life you must choose between bordom and suffering.

~Madam de Stael

Iron rusts

Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen - so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.

~Leonardo da Vinci

I'm not

I'm not gonna say anything inspirational; I'm just gonna fucking swear a lot.

~Billie Joe Armstrong

Every normal man

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

~H.L. Mencken

Age is not

Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk.

~George Macdonald

As we explore

As we explore the extraordinary interplay of energies between the many aspects of our personality -- our needs, unconscious reactions, repressed emotions, aspirations and fears -- with the functioning of our physical system and its capacity to maintain itself, we soon realise how very wise the body is. With its intricately detailed systems and operations it portrays infinite intelligence and compassion, constantly giving us the means to understand ourselves further, to confront issues we are not looking at, and to go beyond that which is holding us back.

~Deb Shapiro

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

God delights

God delights to isolate us every day, and hide from us the past and the future... "you will not remember," he seems to say, "and you will not expect."

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every mind

Every mind must know the whole lesson for itself, must go over the whole ground. What it does not see, what it does not live, it will not know.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you think

If you think you came into being for the purpose of taking an important part in the administration of events, to guard a province of the moral creation from ruin, and that its salvation hangs on the success of your single arm, you have wholly mistaken your business.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The whole object

The whole object of the universe to us is the formation of character.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

All our progress

All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. It is vain to hurry it. By trusting it to the end, it shall ripen into truth and you shall know wny you believe...

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world

The world is not the product of manifold power, but of one will, of one mind; and that one mind is everywhere active, in each ray of the star, in each wavelet of the pool; and whatever opposes that will is everywhere balked and baffled, because things are made so, and not otherwise.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I will so trust

I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me and the heart appoints.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must

We must be our own before we can be another's.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, November 5, 2007

Poetry

Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.

~Vincent Van Gogh

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