It was a challenge to decide what to start with, but I think that if we could really internalize this one we would all wake up and see ourselves and those around us as we really are. There is much more to read after these inspiring words from Nelson Mandela, take them in at your leisure, savor them so that they can nourish you.
I just realized that following quote was not here…. a favorite.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. You were born to manifest the glory of God that is within you.
It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
“There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.”
i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
…when i was out canvassing for the last election this poem was written on the sliding glass door of a house. the house was in an area where all of the homes were “off the grid”, surrounded by beautiful hills and the sun was just beginning to sink down. it was one of those magical moments when i felt really lucky to be alive.
Woman, in the picture language of mythology, represents the totality of what can be known. The hero is the one who comes to know. As he progresses in the slow initiation which is life, the form of the goddess undergoes for him a series of transfigurations: she can never be greater than himself, though she can always promise more than he is yet capable of comprehending. She lures she guides, she bides him burst his fetters. And if he can match her import, the two, the knower and the known, will be released from every limitation. Woman is the guide to the sublime acme of sensuous adventure. By deficient eyes she is reduced to inferior states; by the evil eye of ignorance she is spellbound to banality and ugliness. But she is redeemed by the eyes of understanding. The hero who can take her as she is, without undue commotion but with the kindness and assurance she requires, is potentially the king, the incarnate god, of her created world.
…what an amazing day it will be when all men and women get this!
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Love allows your beloved the freedom to be unlike you. Attachment asks for conformity to your needs and desires. Love imposes no demands. Attachment expresses an overwhelming demand–“Make me feel whole.” Love expands beyond the limits of two people. Attachment tries to exclude everything but two people.
Adapted from The Path to Love, Deepak Chopra
A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man should have to seek him first to find her
Metta (loving kindness) Meditation
May I be safe and protected from outer and inner harm. May I be safe.
May my heart be peaceful. May I be at peace.
May I be healthy and strong. May I be well.
Nay I be free from worry, anxiety, fear. May I live in trust and ease.
May I care for myself joyfully.
May I love and accept myself (my life) just the way I am (it is).
May you be safe and protected from outer and inner harm. May you be safe.
May your heart be peaceful during all the ups and downs of this time. May you be at peace.
May you be healthy and strong. May you be well.
May you be free from worry, anxiety, fear.
May you care for yourself joyfully.
May you love and accept yourself (your life) just the way you are (it is).
…this is often chanted in Buddhist temples
Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.
When buddhas don’t appear
And their followers are gone
The wisdom of awakening
Bursts forth by itself.
I beg you…to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.
Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now.
Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
Rainer Maria Rilke
All of those for whom authentic transformation has deeply unseated their souls must, I believe, wrestle with the profound moral obligation to shout from the heart—perhaps quietly and gently, with tears of reluctance; perhaps with fierce fire and angry wisdom; perhaps with slow and careful analysis; perhaps by unshakable public example—but authenticity always and absolutely carries a demand and duty: you must speak out, to the best of your ability, and shake the spiritual tree, and shine your headlights into the eyes of the complacent. You must let that radical realization rumble through your veins and rattle those around you.
…I think that the last election showed very clearly that we all have a responsibility to speak and act if we really want to live in a world that is more conscious. Just doing nothing is no longer an option.
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.
There is always a temptation to diddle around in the contemplative life, making itsy-bitsy statues. There is always an enormous temptation in all of life to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end. It is so self-conscious, so apparently moral, simply to step aside from the gaps where the creeks and winds pour down, saying, I never merited this grace, quite rightly, and then to sulk along the rest of your days on the edge of rage.
I won’t have it. The world is wilder than that in all directions, more dangerous and bitter, more extravagant and bright. We are making hay when we should be making whoopee; we are raising tomatoes when we should be raising Cain or Lazarus.
Ezekiel excoriates false prophets as those who have “not gone up into the gaps.” The gaps are the thing. The gaps are the spirit’s one home, the altitudes and latitudes so dazzlingly spare and clean that the spirit can discover itself for the first time like a once-blind man unbound.
The gaps are the clefts in the rock where you cower to see the back parts of God; they are the fissures between mountains and cells the wind lances through, the icy narrowing fiords splitting the cliffs of mystery.
Go up into the gaps. If you can find them; they shift and vanish too. Stalk the gaps. Squeak into a gap in the soil, turn, and unlock — more than a maple — a universe. This is how you spend the afternoon, and tomorrow morning, and tomorrow afternoon. Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”
Most people prettily color the outside
and leave the inside in shambles.
Some busily paint the inside
unconcerned about the outside.
A few, only a few renovate the inside
and the outside
for all-round joy.
For lifetimes of experience on the material plane your path has been one of destiny, fulfilling your healing purpose and fulfilling your contracts with your soul group. A new day has dawned for humanity, the new earth is here and its energies are expanded. Now everything is possible, you have moved from destiny to creation, from karma to forgiveness, from victim consciousness to spiritual mastery and from limitation to limitless possibilities. But this is meaningless for you if you are unable to recognize your new responsibility in the new earth, to co-create your reality as you want it to be.
As co-creator you work with the Universe to create your life. You do not require any knowledge or learning for this, everything you need to know is in your heart, which speaks to you of your dreams, your purpose and your truth. The still, small voice within speaks quietly of your purpose but is often drowned by the fear in your mind. It is aware of your limitless potential and your power, things which your mind cannot understand because its view is limited to what you believe and know. Your inner voice speaks of the Truth of your being and is unlimited by the smaller truth of your reality.
This is the time of co-creation, of allowing your light to shine brightly. The Universe is unwavering in its promise of unlimited abundance and boundless joy and prosperity and waits for you to receive. When you are willing to live an unlimited life you are open to receive its blessings. Be still in your confusion and open yourself to the voice of your heart. Whatever it tells you is possible is the Truth for you, follow its guidance to create the reality of your dreams and step into your co-creation. You have waited lifetimes for this moment and it is here. The Universe and the powers of heaven are waiting for you to join with them and create a reality that unfolds with blessings.
To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.
To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.
When God takes something from your grasp, He’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.
The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.
I have no idea where this came from, but it was in my file of inspiring words.
Do you know?
You are young. So you know everything. You leap
into the boat and begin rowing. But listen to me.
Without fanfare, without embarrassment, without
any doubt, I talk directly to your soul. Listen to me.
Lift the oars from the water, let your arms rest, and
your heart, and heart’s little intelligence, and listen to
me. There is life without love. It is not worth a bent
penny, or a scuffed shoe. It is not worth the body of a
dead dog nine days unburied. When you hear, a mile
away and still out of sight, the churn of the water
as it begins to swirl and roil, fretting around the
sharp rocks – when you hear that unmistakable
pounding – when you feel the mist on your mouth
and sense ahead the embattlement, the long falls
plunging and steaming – then row, row for your life
A Great Pilgrimage
I felt a need for a great Pilgrimage
so I sat still for three
and God came
We human beings, in the course of growing up, get lost in our minds; and if we don’t find our way out, our minds eventually kill us.
to love someone is to learn the song in their heart and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.
to be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared
It is impossible for a man to conceal himself. In every act, word, or gesture he stands revealed as he is, and not as he would have himself appear to be. From the universe nothing is or can be hidden.
every feeling, is a visitor.
You just say: Welcome.
Come in and sit with me.
…A little encouragement for those of us who sometimes don’t want to think or feel particular thoughts or feelings. They can all be our friends and instruments for more self understanding and compassion.
Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk everything, you risk even more.
There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer.
Love has nothing to do with somebody else, it is your state of being. Love is not a relationship. A relationship is possible but love is not confined to it, it beyond it, it is more than that ~ man becomes mature the moment he starts loving rather than needing. He starts overflowing, he starts sharing, he starts giving. And when two mature persons are in love, one of the greatest paradoxes of life happens, one of the most beautiful phenomena… they are together, and yet tremendously alone; they are almost one. But their oneness does not destroy their individuality.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo F. Buscaglia
…Of course this could go on and on, and I will be adding more and I hope that you send your words of inspiration, but I found this a good one to close on. We all can change another person’s day, which may change their life, by just smiling or saying hello. Try it regularly, your day, and life, may change as well.
Once again a deep thank you to all who contributed to this compilation and to those great spirits who originally brought them forth.
Much love always