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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

[tweetthis]]”In the spring at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret Attwood #quote[/tweetthis]

“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

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

50 Quotes By Wayne Dyer Worth Remembering

50 Quotes By Wayne Dyer Worth Remembering

                                           

Wayne Dyer

51fWIh1uaSL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_ (1)I think Your Erroneous Zones was one of the first books I got so excited about I had to share it with everyone I knew. It just made so much sense! It helped me ditch a few layers of guilt and get to a few more important things. I listened to audios by Wayne Dyer when my husband lost his job and I had two small children. He inspired, guided and helped me dig myself out of the trenches time and time again. In the last decade his writings and thought have taken me further into a different perspective on spirituality – like many of the teachers that I’ve been reading, he too, found his way from getting it straight psychologically to the inevitability of a higher consciousness that included the Divine. There seems to be no way around the something more in the world and without dogma he lived a life that more than proved what he said to be true, was true. Universal truth. It’s all the same. The truth from one great teacher to another is always the same. Dr. Dyer gave me my first doable lessons in meditation so long ago. He made everything doable in his down to earth, real guy way. He will be missed, but his teachings will linger long after he is gone.

Books by Wayne Dyer

50 Memorable Quotes by Wayne Dyer

  1. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”
  2. “You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.” 
  3. “You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now.”
  4. “Heaven on Earth is a choice you must make, not a place you must find.”
  5. “Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.”
  6. “Self-worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy.”
  7. “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”
  8. “Focus on what you have to give.”
  9. “Look for the blessing in all situations.”
  10. “Remain confident that through continued reliance on your imagination, your assumptions are materializing into reality.”
  11. “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. “
  12. “I am realistic – I expect miracles.
  13. “With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”
  14. “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.”
  15. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
  16. “Conflict cannot survive without your participation.”
  17.  “What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.”
  18. “Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.”
  19. “Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.” 
  20. “If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles.” 
  21. “Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you.”
  22. “Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last…. The future is not guaranteed.”
  23. “I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside.”
  24. “Deficiency motivation doesn’t work. It leads to a life-long pursuit of try to fix me.”
  25. “The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness.”
  26. “Everything I need now is here.”
  27. “Within you is the divine capacity to manifest and attract all that you need and desire.”
  28. “Allow yourself the luxury of believing in the divinity of your own soul.”
  29. “The only limits you have, are the limits you believe.”
  30. “Love what you do. Do what you love.”
  31. “Mediocrity thrives on standardization.”
  32. “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
  33. “‘There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.’ 
  34. “You can Light Up the Whole World by Giving without any Expectation Back.”
  35. “Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.
  36. “If you Are What you Do, then When you Don’t… you Aren’t!”
  37. “All blame is a waste of time.”
  38. “See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see.”
  39. “It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive.”
  40. “I release the need to determine how things ‘should’ be.”
  41. “When you know rather than doubt, you’ll discover the necessary ability to carry out your purpose.”
  42. “Whatever we think about and thank about, we bring about.”
  43. “Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.”
  44. “Practice being the kind of person you wish to attract.”
  45. “A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.”
  46. “You cannot remedy anything by condemning it. You only add to the destructive energy that’s already permeating the atmosphere of your life.”
  47. “Truly believe in the potential for humans to live in peace and be receptive to all, and you’ll be someone who’s at peace and receptive to life’s possibilities.”
  48. “If you really want approval, stop thinking about yourself, and focus on reaching out and helping others.”
  49. “The qualities of creativity and genius are within you, awaiting your decision to match up with the power of intention.”
  50. “Don’t give mental energy to what others feel about how you should live your life. This can be a tough assignment at first, but you’ll the shift when it happens.”

Books by Wayne Dyer

Finding Hope – Quotes & Inspiration for Midlife Women

Finding Hope – Quotes & Inspiration for Midlife Women

Finding Hope June 2014

FINDING HOPE

Quotes & Inspiration

Mounting life pressures, unexpected change or disappointment can leave us depleted and without hope. In this book the author gives her readers just the lift they need to make it through hard times. Packed with insight and inspiration, this carefully crafted collection of vignettes and quotes by some of the world’s greatest teachers, will help you right your ship and find balance in your life once again. Available for Kindle on Amazon

REVIEWS

“This little book really resonated with me in so many areas. It’s clear the author has lived a life like many of us reflecting a few regrets and insecurities, some hurts and some loss combined with much success and happiness. I love the way she has learnt how to be positive and turn life’s tragedies and challenges into times of learning and growing. As I hurtle towards my three score years and ten I was beginning to feel depressed and conscious of the time ticking away. This book has come just at the right time to encourage me and make me appreciate all that I have rather than focusing on the things I don’t have. I think many women over 50 will enjoy the inspiration and quotes. It’s a book you can dip in and out of picking up little gems of encouragement just when you need it most.”    Pat Price,  Babyboomers Retiring

“I keep my copy by my bed and the pages are already dogeared from reading i t so much. Whenever I pick it up I seem to find something that gives me hope and lifts my spirits!”  says fifty-two year old Cindy L.

“My kids left home in September and I’m still trying to adjust, to find myself again and Dorothy’s book has been just what I needed.” ~ Joyce, 49

“I’ve been taking care of my elderly mother full time for the last several months. I don’t have time to sit down and read a book but I can grab a few minutes here and there to read one of Dorothy’s little stories or reflect on a quote.  The book has saved my life. I even read bits and pieces to Mom when she is having a bad day and it really seems to help her.”   Martha L. (62)

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“Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver

“Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver

Wild Geese

The above image is from: Quotes By Women

 

Mary Oliver was born in 1935 in Ohio. As a young poet she was influenced by Edna St. Vincent Mallay and has received much critical acclaim over the years. “Known for its clear and poignant observations and evocative use of the natural world, Oliver’s poetry is firmly rooted in place and the Romantic nature tradition”, according to her bio on PoetryFoundation.org.  “A prolific writer of both poetry and prose, Oliver publishes a new collection every year or two.”

The following poem was published in 1986.

Wild Geese

by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

from New & Selected Poems (Harcourt Brace).
Women of Wisdom Quotes

Women of Wisdom Quotes

Midlife brings with it the opportunity for growth and exploration of our inner worlds. It prepares us for our wisdom years, prodding and guiding us along our path to wisdom. It is not always an easy journey, as we have much to learn, but it is a powerfully important one, both for ourselves and those we leave behind.

Women have been gifted over the generations with deep wisdom, perspective, compassion and the ability to speak the truth. We stand to learn so much from those who have gone and go before us, as they carry the scars of great learning that may ease our own journeys. When we follow their lead, while listening to the winds of our own inner spirit, we can navigate the course of our lives, going where we are led, finding what we find, and giving what we have to give.

Take heart. Stand tall. Lean on the pillars of the many wise women that travel at your side and into the winds of fortune and change, knowing that you are not alone in your journey. Be lifted up by all that carry on the tradition of the wise woman, and breathe deeply the gift of life.

© Dorothy Sander 2013

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 “Nothing is wrong—whatever is happening is just “real life.” ~ Tara Brach

 

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“It is worse to stay where one does not belong at all than to wander about lost
for a while and looking for the psychic and soulful kinship one requires” 
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

 

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 ” Almost all of my middle-aged and elderly acquaintances, including me, feel about 25,
unless we haven’t had our coffee, in which case we feel 107.”
Martha Beck 
 

 

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“Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe” 
― Susan Cain

 

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