“What happens when people open their hearts? They get better.”
― Haruki Murakami
"Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.
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. A soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these—to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.
There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.
In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for."
—Clarissa Pinkola Estes
I have a feeling that my boat
has struck, down there in the depths,
against a great thing.
And nothing happens!
Nothing … Silence … Waves …
Nothing happens? Or has everything happened,
and are we standing now, quietly, in the new life?
—Oceans by Juan Ramon Jimenez, translated by Robert Bly
“To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.”
“A spiritual reinterpretation of events gives us miraculous authority to command the winds, to part the waters, and to break all chains that bind us.”
― Marianne Williamson
“Tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow.”
― Rita Schiano
“The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.”
― Mother Teresa
"Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion."
"Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it."
― Tori Amos
“Don’t feel bad about feeling bad. Don’t be frightened of feeling afraid. Don’t be angry about getting angry. There is no need to give up when we are feeling depressed. Nor should we be dismayed at the grief which often accompanies the outgrowing of anything which needs outgrowing. We can be glad that our soul is speaking to us and pushing us onwards. We frequently need to persevere with a period of inner turmoil before the dust can settle and be swept out the door.”
― Donna Goddard
"If you attend to nature, if you are willing to heed it as you would the wisest of all teachers, it will reveal three towering loves that show up in every life it summons into being: nature loves change, it loves diversity and it loves service."
― Philip Shepherd
"Wholeness and breath are inextricably linked. Your breath reveals your being. So the primary question to explore is whether the whole of your body is available to the breath. If it is, the whole of your being is available to it."
― Philip Shepherd
Many of us find comfort, guidance, and insight in the power of thoughts and words. The following quotes ring true for our team and we wanted to share them with you.