Category: Quotes to Live By

Everyday Is Earth Day ~ Feel the Earth, Feel the Gratitude

Everyday Is Earth Day ~ Feel the Earth, Feel the Gratitude

Earth DayOur earth is a spectacular gift … a miracle … a source of constant amazement to me. When I stop to think about its riches and abundant beauty it boggles my mind. Particularly those of us who live on the western hemisphere have so much to be grateful for, far exceeding the wildest imaginations of those sequestered by circumstance to other parts of the world. I need only watch the news one evening to be reminded of the abundance that is ours for the taking. Not only have we been blessed to be at home in a country that affords us some distance from the destruction of war, but the freedom to enjoy what we have. With all freedom comes responsibility. The more freedom we have, the more responsibility we bear for tending to and protecting what is sacred … and the earth is sacred. The earth provides for our very existence.

I whisper a prayer of gratitude in my heart whenever I see, sense or touch a thing of beauty … a reminder to maintain some semblance of humility for the gifts I have been given. Gratitude is a reminder that our ego will never provide for us, or care for us in the way that we think it can. Our mental gymnastics and machinations will not do it for us either. Rather, it is humbling ourselves so that we can surrender to and rest in all that stands outside of reason, logic and ego, and outside of the cultural norm.  This alone keeps us grounded in the awareness that we are a part, not only of the earth itself, but of the universe. What is in one is in all. What is in all is in one.

 

EARTH DAY QUOTES:

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.”
– Ancient Indian Proverb

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” Thich Nhat Hanh

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

“The earth has music for those who listen.”
George Santayana

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“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.”
Andy Warhol

Meditations on Peace – Wednesday Wisdom

Meditations on Peace – Wednesday Wisdom

In these trouble times, when hope is hard to find, I like to go to meditations on peace and the inspiration of writers such as those I’ve included here. These are but a drop in the vast ocean of hope filled authors that have guided humanity, and continue to guide humanity through turbulent times. Let us all take time each day to reflect on all that is good and right and true in this world. I will always believe that if enough of us join forces for good, for truth, for love and honor … it will make a difference. I believe …

meditations on peace

The Oppressor and the Oppressed Must Both be Liberated..”  ~Nelson Mandela

“I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there is mercy and generosity. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. Even in the grimmest times in prison, when my comrades and I were pushed to our limits, I would see a glimmer of humanity in one of the guards, perhaps just for a second, but it was enough to reassure me and keep me going. Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.

It was during those long and lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my own people became a hunger for the freedom of all people, white and black. I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.

When I walked out of prison, that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both. Some say that has now been achieved. But I know that is not the case… We have not taken the final step of our journey, but the first step on a longer and even more difficult road. For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. The true test of our devotion to freedom is just beginning.”

From Nelson Mandela’s autobiography: Long Walk to Freedom.

When we take the time to think about, contemplate and meditate on peace, or love, or hope we not only take a step toward the restoration of all that is good in our own lives, but our choice to do so spills over into the world. Take time. Even just a moment now and again. Return to hope. 

FOR LOVE IN THE TIME OF CONFLICT

When the gentleness between you hardens
And you fall out of your belonging with each other,
May the depths you have reached hold you still.

When no true word can be said, or heard,
And you mirror each other in the script of hurt,
When even the silence has become raw and torn,
May you hear again an echo of your first music.

When the weave of affection starts to unravel
And anger begins to sear the group between you,
Before this weather of grief invites
The black seed of bitterness to find root.,
May your souls come to kiss.

Now is the time for one of you to be gracious,
To allow a kindness beyond thought and hurt,
Reach out with sure hands
To take the chalice of your love,
And carry it carefully through this echo-less waste
Until this winter pilgrimage leads you
Towards the gateway to spring.

John O’Donohue

(From Benedictus A Book of Blessings, John O’Donohue)


Meditations on Peace

More Meditations on Peace

Inspiring Quotes by Coretta Scott King

Inspiring Quotes by Coretta Scott King

Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.”  Coretta Scott King

It’s always been said that behind every great man is an extraordinary woman. This was even more true at the time Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King fought for racial equality. Coretta Scott King not only fought for racial equality, she bore the burden of gender inequality as well. It did not hold her back. Today as we honor one man’s legacy, let us also honor the woman who stood beside him, fought with him, suffered with him and was ultimately left a widow to carry on his dream in his absence. Her’s was not an easy journey in this life, but despite everything, she made a difference.  She had a dream. She believed in her husband’s dream. She believed in freedom and justice for everyone. She understood the powerful truth that, “if the soul of the nation is to be saved” then the soul of women must be front and center. Thank you, Coretta Scott King for your strength, courage and commitment to a better world, and to dedicating your life to this cause.  Thank you for supporting your husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. as he created the legacy we celebrate today.  Dorothy


Coretta Scott King Quote
Coretta Scott King was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1953 until his death in 1968. Coretta Scott King helped lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

 

Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.” Coretta Scott King


 

I’m fulfilled in what I do. I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes – the finer things of life – would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense.” Coretta Scott King

 


 

Coretta Scott King quote



If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children.” 
Coretta Scott King


Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.”  Coretta Scott King


 

I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.” Coretta Scott King


The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members, … a heart of grace and a soul generated by love.” Coretta Scott King


 

 

HOLIDAY QUOTES TO ENCOURAGE AND INSPIRE

HOLIDAY QUOTES TO ENCOURAGE AND INSPIRE

It’s not surprising to me that so many people love quotes and holiday quotes are a perfect way to share the season. The very best quotes hold a gem of truth that when reflected upon shines a light upon our path and nourishes our soul. Wisdom is simple. Truth is clear. We feel it. It resonates. This holiday season, you may wish to take a few moments to examine these jewels and/or share them with others. Happy Holidays! Dorothy


 

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.”      – Helen Keller


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May we learn to open in love
so all the doors and windows
of our bodies swing wide
on their rusty hinges.
May we learn to give ourselves with both hands,
to lift each other on our shoulders,
to carry one another along.
May holiness move in us
so we pay attention to its small voice
and honor its light in each other.”
Dawna Markova


Perfect holiday quotes for the busy woman…

Tara Brach quote


“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
― Brené Brown


Corrie Ten Boom quote


“Remove the veils so that I might see what is really happening here and not be intoxicated by my stories and fears.” Elizabeth Lesser


Alice Walker Quote


In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” Elizabeth Gilbert


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie


Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” — Maya Angelou


“One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.”
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés


“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ― Maya Angelou


“Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.”
― Thomas Mann


“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss


Hold on to what is good
even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe
even if it is
a tree which stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do
even if it is
along way from here,
Hold on to life even when
it is easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand even when
I have gone away from you.
Nancy Wood, Many Winters


Reflect on Peace – Peace Quotes

Reflect on Peace – Peace Quotes

"Snowbird" by Catherine McClung
“Snowbird” by Catherine Mc Clung, Michigan.

There is no time left for anything but to make peacework a dimension of our every waking activity.
Elise Boulding

Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.
Buddha

Peace is the only battle worth waging.
Albert Camus

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
Mother Teresa

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
Albert Einstein

But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.
John F. Kennedy

One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.
Martin Luther King, Jr.


If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.
Lao Tzu

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.
John Lennon

May you be filled with loving kindness.
May you be well.
May you be peaceful and at ease.
May you be happy.
Ancient – Tibetan Buddhist – Meditation

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.
Matthew, V:9

Peace may sound simple – one beautiful word – but it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal.
Yehudi Menuhin

It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
Eleanor Roosevelt

I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.
Mother Theresa

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Mother Theresa 

We, Veteran’s for Peace, view peace as a positively active and creative process which requires courage, commitment, endurance, vigilance, and integrity. Peace is a struggle toward unity, and it is characterized by an absence of violence in all its forms, including discrimination based on gender, age, race, religion, social and economic status, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Those who labor for peace are called peacemakers because they tirelessly pursue nonviolent solutions, work for economic and social justice, celebrate diversity, and strive to build relationships between adversaries through education, conflict mediation, and humanitarian relief. We recognize that peace is both a means and end simultaneously, and that it is never finally or fully achieved. This is because change and growth require some degree of tension or conflict. Historically, such conflict has provided the impetus for military solutions. Thus we, Veteran’s for Peace, strongly believe that the greatest obstacle to peace is militarism with its reliance on violence and war. We further believe that peacekeeping action should only be accomplished by a legitimate international body.
Committee to Define Peace, Veterans for Peace

Peace is always beautiful.
Walt Whitman

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
― Virginia Woolf

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.
Rumi

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
Jimi Hendrix

God can’t give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.
C.S. Lewis

Deep peace I breathe into you, O weariness, here:
O ache, here!
Deep peace, a soft white dove to You;
Deep peace, a quiet rain to you;
Deep peace, an ebbing wave to you!
Deep peace, red wind of the east from you;
Deep peace, grey wind of the west to You;
Deep peace, dark wind of the north from you;
Deep peace, blue wind of the south to you!
Deep peace, pure red of the flame to you;
Deep peace, pure white of the moon to you;
Deep peace, pure green of the grass to you;
Deep peace, pure brown of the earth to you;
Deep peace, pure grey of the dew to you,
Deep peace, pure blue of the sky to you!
Deep peace of the running wave to you,
Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the sleeping stones to you!
Deep peace of the Yellow Shepherd to you,
Deep peace of the Wandering Shepherdess to you,
Deep peace of the Flock of Stars to you,
Deep peace from the Son of Peace to you,
Deep peace from the heart of Mary to you,
And from Briget of the Mantle
Deep peace, deep peace!
And with the kindness too of the Haughty Father
Peace!
In the name of the Three who are One,
Peace!
And by the will of the King of the Elements,
Peace! Peace!
The Dominion of Dreams : Under a Dark Star – Fiona Macleod – 1895

The Lord bless thee,

and keep thee: The Lord

make his face shine upon

thee, and be gracious upon

thee: The Lord lift up his

countenance upon thee

and give thee peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

Why Do We Make Life So Complicated?

Why Do We Make Life So Complicated?

Believe that life is worth living

 

Most of us live and act as if life is a complicated nightmare, a giant puzzle that is up to us to figure out.  I must confess that I enjoy the puzzling, wondering, figuring, learning of it all in my peaceful moments. I do not, however, enjoy the confusion, pain, anxiety and fear that often precipitates it and intensifies as I struggle. The unease, discomfort, and longing to know the why of things drives me toward a deeper understanding of life. It too often drove me through life, leaving me exhausted!  I’ve come to see there is a better way.

The longer I live, the more I understand our complex view of life as an outgrowth of our overactive imaginations focused on the wrong things. We puzzle more over those things we are trying to control than accepting that many things are beyond our control. We fight our finitude. We resist our imperfect nature, as if it is our birthright to have and conquer both.

We make life complicated by our lack of acceptance of what is and our propensity to argue with the laws of nature, the laws of our nature, the laws of the universe. Change is a constant in this universe we live in. It is in our best interest to accept it and figure out what to do with that truth. Sometimes we just have to believe that life is worth living. When we are suffering this is, indeed, a challenge. If, however, we can believe there is value in our suffering, it’s just a little bit easier to bear. Rather than dwelling on the whys and wherefores of our suffering, turning our attention to hope, belief, love and all the blessings that keep us afloat amidst our difficult times offers us a reason to keep sailing toward the sun.