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Fear

Can you think of one thing right now that you know that if you did it, even though it would be scary and uncomfortable, your life would be better and fuller because you went through it?… These are times when fear can either propel you forward or become an excuse to do nothing.  At these moments you make a choice to either take it on and face your fear or to opt out, shy away, and stay where you are.  In reality we never stay as we are, we either grow or we shrink.  With the world moving and changing so fast, the choices we make either expand our lives or contract our lives.  I don’t believe there is an in-between.

— Kim Kiyosaki (from “Rich Woman”, p. 107)

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Letting go

It is natural, even instinctive

to prefer comfort to pain,

the familiar to the unknown.

But sometimes our instincts

are not wise.

Life usually offers us far more

than our biases and preferences

will allow us to have.

Beyond comfort lie grace,

mystery, and adventure.

We may need to let go of our beliefs

and ideas

about life

in order to have life.

— Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. (from “Kitchen Table Wisdom”, p. 75)

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Trust your light

We carry

our greatest treasure

within us:

a piece of light

which will forever shine,

a radiance

which is always

lighting

our way home.

Let us trust this light.

It will

never

go out.

— Joyce Rupp, in “Little Pieces of Light”, p. 68

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Summer stars

A quiet sense of oneness

ripens in me as I gaze

into evening’s summer sky.

I behold this endless space

filled with sparkling lights,

speaking of a world unknown,

luring my heart into mystery.

Dancer of the Stars

I am at home with you

when I view these galaxies

of ageless beauty.

— Joyce Rupp, in “The Circle of Life”

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My heart soars

The beauty of the trees,

the softness of the air,

the fragrance of the grass

speaks to me.

The summit of the mountain,

the thunder of the sky,

the rhythm of the sea

speaks to me.

The faintness of the stars,

the freshness of the morning dewdrop

on the flower

speaks to me.

The strength of fire,

the taste of salmon,

the trail of the sun,

and the life that never goes away,

they speak to me,

and my heart soars.

— Fritz Hull, founder of the Whidbey Institute

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The best in me

I was just thinking

one morning

during meditation

how much alike

hope

and baking powder are:

quietly

getting what is

best in me

to rise,

awakening

the hint of eternity

within.

I always think of that

when I eat biscuits now

and wish

that I could be

more faithful

to the hint of eternity,

the baking powder

in me.

— Macrina Wiederkehr, from “Seasons of Your Heart”

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The well

What makes this world so lovely

is that somewhere it hides a well.

Something lovely there is about a well

so deep

unpiped and real

filled

with buckets and buckets

of that life-giving drink.

A faucet will do in a hurry,

but what makes the world so lovely

is that somewhere

it hides a well!

Sometimes people are like wells

deep and real

natural (unpiped)

life-giving

calm and cool

refreshing.

They bring out what is best in you

They are like fountains of pure joy

They make you want to sing, or maybe dance

They encourage you to laugh

even, when things get rough.

And maybe that’s why

things never stay rough

once you’ve found a well. …

— Macrina Wiederhehr (from “Seasons of Your Heart”)

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