Quotes

A Companion That Walks Beside Us …

Empathy is connection … Empathy is connecting with the emotion that someone is experiencing, not the event or the circumstance. … … Empathy is a strange and powerful thing. There is no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting and communicating… Continue reading A Companion That Walks Beside Us …

Poems, Prayers, Quotes

Invisible Connections (The Beauty of Our Lives) …

Think of yourself as an incandescent power, illuminated and perhaps forever talked to by God and his messengers. ― Brenda Ueland from If You Want To Write   The Stream of Life The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It… Continue reading Invisible Connections (The Beauty of Our Lives) …

Quotes

From Acorn Into Oak Tree …

If you took a blue spruce tree and planted it in the desert, it would obviously perish. How do we forget that we too are living systems, and each of us have unique environments, needs, and conditions within which we flourish or wither?— Dawna Markova from I Will Not Die an Unlived Life   You… Continue reading From Acorn Into Oak Tree …

Quotes

You Are Not Alone …

The longer I wake on this Earth, the louder the quiet things speak to me. The more I experience and survive, the more I find truth in the commonalities we all share. The more pain softens me, the deeper my joy and the greater the lessons of those things that live in great stillness.— Mark… Continue reading You Are Not Alone …

Prayers, Quotes

The Earth Is Burning (Prayers For The Amazon) …

For us to regard the bomb, the dying seas, or the poisoned air as monstrous injustices would suggest that we never took seriously the injunction to love. Perhaps we thought all along that Gautama and Jesus were kidding, or their teachings meant only for saints. But now we see, as an awful revelation, that we… Continue reading The Earth Is Burning (Prayers For The Amazon) …

Quotes

Empathy …

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But… Continue reading Empathy …

Media, Prayers, Quotes

There Is No Fear In Love (LGBTQ Pride Month) …

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP01bH9Ljf4   What happens when the most important parts of your life come into conflict? When Christian mom Susan Cottrell’s daughter came out, she faced an impossible choice: her LGBTQ child or her church. In this heartwarming talk, Susan explains why she chose her LGBTQ child and how she fights for progress inside the… Continue reading There Is No Fear In Love (LGBTQ Pride Month) …

Quotes

Love Is The Superstar Virtue Of Virtues …

If we are stretching to live wiser and not just smarter, we will aspire to learn what love means, how it arises and deepens, how it withers and revives, what it looks like as a private good but also a common good. I long to make this word echo differently in hearts and ears—not less… Continue reading Love Is The Superstar Virtue Of Virtues …

Media, Quotes

Uncommon Generosity, Uncommon Courage …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP1bZSsbWAM   Full Interview There are two ways to be holy. There are people who labor all day in the worst of conditions, for instance, for the neediest people in the world. Other people love them for it. Call them saints; call them courageous; call them the “salt of the earth.” Indeed they are. Then… Continue reading Uncommon Generosity, Uncommon Courage …