A collection of wisdom for when you need a little reminder of your purpose here...


There is nothing more powerful than a woman with an open heart…

~ as yet unkown


She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing “yes” in the sky.
~ Monique Duval~


You have to begin to tell the story of your life as you now want it to be and discontinue the tales of how it has been or of how it is.
~ Esther & Jerry Hicks


I finally settled on Buddhism, she said, but it’s more than just a fashion statement. I’ve always done some of my best work in my bathrobe.

~ Brian Andreas


There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.

~ Annie Dillard


Believe that life is worth living and your belief will create the fact. Be not afraid to live.

~ William James


Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.

~ Buddha


The secret to life is obvious: be here now, love as if your whole life depended on it, find your life’s work, and try to get hold of a giant panda. If you had a giant panda in your back yard, anything could go wrong ~ ~ someone could die, or stop loving you, or you could get sick – and if you could look outside and see this adorable, ridiculous, boffo panda, you’d start to laugh; you’d be so filled with thankfulness and amusement that everything would be o.k. again.

~ Anne Lamott


The cure for anything is salt water…sweat, tears or the sea.

~ Isak Dinesen


Sacred activism is the fusion of the mystic’s passion for God with the activist’s passion for justice, creating a third fire, which is the burning sacred heart that longs to help, preserve and nurture every living thing.

~ Andrew Harvey


People say that what we’re seeking is a meaning for life… I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.

~ Joseph Campbell


May your body be blessed.

May you realize that your body is a faithful and beautiful

friend of your soul.

And may you be peaceful and joyful and recognize that your sense are sacred thresholds.

May you realize that holiness is mindful, gazing, feeling,

hearing, and touching.

May your senses gather you and bring you home.

May your senses always enable you to celebrate the universe

and the mystery and possibilities in your presence here.

May the Eros of the Earth bless you.

~ John O’Donahue from anam cara: a book of celtic wisdom


At the risk of sounding ridiculous, I say all true revolutionaries are guided by great feelings of love.

~ Che Guevera


If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
~ Mother Theresa


It is so important to protect your dreams from the mundane.

~ Madelyn {of persistingstars.blogspot.com}


The best things in life are nearest.
Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes,
flowers at your feet, duties at your hand,
the path of right just before you.

~ Robert Louis Stevenson


In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.
~ Law of Peace, Iroquois Confederacy


Divine Guidance often comes when the sky is the darkest.

~ Gandhi


One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

~ Friedrich Nietzsche, 19th century German philosopher


The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is, “Look underfoot.” You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars; every place is the centre of the world. Stand in your own door and you have eight thousand miles of solid ground beneath you, and all the sidereal splendors overhead.

~ John Borroughs in “The Divine Soil,” April, 1908.


And in the end
The Love you take
Is equal to the
Love you make
~ Paul McCartney


No mirror ever became iron again;
No bread ever became wheat;
No ripened grape ever became sour fruit.
Mature yourself and be secure from a change for the worse.
Become the light.

~ Mevlana Rumi, 13th century sufi poet and mystic


Survival. When a plant thinks it might die, it bursts into bloom. It uses up most or all of its remaining energy to produce flowers, which will in turn produce seeds. I understand that this is a side effect of what it’s actually trying to accomplish—the survival of its species—but I love that the floral response to stress creates beauty. Can you do the same? Try it. The more stressed out you get, the harder you should try to generate some original beauty to share with the world. I reckon that will make you feel a whole lot better: Even if it doesn’t, it sure will make life nicer for the rest of us, and that can’t be a bad thing.

~ From the NY Press ~ September 19, 2007


You have to persist relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings.

~ Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)


As a universal principle of growth, darkness initiates the flowering process.

~ Unknown


Keep doing what you know you’d regret not doing if you didn’t do it!!

~ W. McGill


Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity,…we shall harness the energies of love. Then, for the second time in the history of the world, (we) will have discovered fire.
~ Teilhard de Chardin


There is a vitality, a life~ force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open…whether you choose to take an art class, keep a journal, record your dreams, dance your life story or live each day from your own creative source. Above all else, keep the channel open!
~ Martha Graham


Let this beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
~ Rumi


Life is my religion, Yoga is my practice.
~ Maggie Sullivan


Love asks us that we be a little braver than is comfortable, a little more generous, a little more flexible. It means living on the edge more than we care to.
~ Norman Mailer


It is important to not hurt anyone or anything each day and that includes yourself.
~ Anonymous


You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
~ Buddha


Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.
~ Helen Keller


All things are connected like the blood that unites us,
We did not weave the web of life. We are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
~ Chief Seattle


I went from the floor of the deepest ocean
up to the surface where I am now sailing on the water.
There are still waves and storms, but I have found the air
that i was searching for.
~ Christine MacDonald


Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh


Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music ~ ~ the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls & interesting people. Forget yourself.
~ Henry Miller


The privelage of a lifetime is being who you are.
~ Joseph Campbell


You know who you are, but know not who you could be.
~ Shakespeare


Change and growth take place when a person risks herself and dares to experiment with her own life.
~ Herbert Otto


Love is a verb.
~ Stephen R. Covey


Every act of knowing brings forth a world.
~ H. Maturana and F. Varela, “The Tree of Knowledge”


Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
~ Hippocrates


Insist on yourself; never imitate.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


At the root of all power and motion, at the burning center of existence itself, there is music and rhythm.
~ George Leonard


If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
~ Wayne Dyer


All are but parts of one stupendous whole.
~ Alexander Pope


If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you aren’t afraid of dying, there is nothing you can’t achieve.
~ Lao Tzu