Monthly Quote

Inspirations and Insights

February 2022

“You can’t go back and change the beginning,
but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

C.S. Lewis

January 2022

“The moment we begin to see that there are infinitely many kinds of beautiful lives, we cease being captive to the myth of normalcy — the cultural tyranny that tells us there are a handful of valid ways to be human and demands of us to contort into these accepted forms of being. But the great hoax is that they are Platonic forms — the real reduced beyond recognition into the ideal, an ideal too narrow and symmetry-bound to account for the spacious, uneven, gloriously shambolic reality of being what we are.”

Brain Pickings by Maria Popova, 10/17/2021

December 2021

“I may not have gone where I intended to go,
but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

Douglas Adams

November 2021

“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”

Leonard Cohen, from his song Anthem

October 2021

“There is only one happiness in this life: to love and be loved.”

George Sand

Sept 2021

“For listening to the stories of others, is a kind of water that breaks the fever of our isolation.
If we listen closely enough, we are soothed into remembering our common name.”

Mark Nepo

August 2021

“Don’t die with the music still in you.”

Wayne Dyer

July 2021

“It is said that before entering the sea
a river trembles with fear.

She looks back at the path she has traveled,
from the peaks of the mountains,
the long winding road crossing forests and villages.

And in front of her,
she sees an ocean so vast,
that to enter
there seems nothing more than to disappear forever.

But there is no other way.
The river can not go back.

Nobody can go back.
To go back is impossible in existence.

The river needs to take the risk
of entering the ocean
because only then will fear disappear,
because that’s where the river will know
it’s not about disappearing into the ocean,
but of becoming the ocean.”

“Fear” Khalil Gibran

June 2021

“Revolutionary Love

To be brave enough to look at anyone around me and to say you are a part of me
I do not yet know.
I will let your story into my heart.
I will let your grief into my heart and I will fight for you when you are in harm’s way.”

Valerie Kaur

May 2021

“There’s an inner universe as vast and mysterious as the outer. This includes images, archetypes, subtle feelings, intuitions and an inner realm of wisdom that is always available to us.”

Dr. Roger Walsh

April 2021

“When you’re young, the territory of the psyche is like a vast estate, with rolling hills, forests and plains, swamps and meadows. So many things can be experienced, expressed, wanted, and loved.

But as life goes along, most people pull back from major parts of their psyche. Perhaps a swamp of sadness was painful, or fumes of toxic wishes were alarming, or jumping exuberantly in a meadow of joy irritated a parent into a scolding. Or maybe you saw someone else get in trouble for feeling, saying, or doing something and you resolved, consciously or unconsciously, to Stay Away From That Place Forever.

In whatever way it happens, most of us end up by mid-adulthood living in the gate house, venturing out a bit, but lacking much sense of the whole estate, the great endowment of the whole psyche. Emotions are shut down, energetic and erotic wellsprings of vitality are capped, deep longings are set aside, sub-personalities are shackled and silenced, old pain and troubles are buried, the roots of reactions – hurt, anger, feelings of inadequacy – are veiled so we can’t get at them, and we live at odds with both Nature and our own nature.

Sure, the processes of the psyche need some regulation. Not all thoughts should be spoken, and not all desires should be acted upon! But if you suppress, disown, push away, recoil from, or deny major parts of yourself, then you feel cut off, alienated from yourself, lacking vital information about what is really going on inside, no longer at home in your own skin or your own mind – which feels bad, lowers effectiveness at home and work, fuels interpersonal issues, and contributes to health problems.”

Rick Hanson,  Let It R.A.I.N., Just One Thing

March 2021

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded.  It’s a relationship between equals.
Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. 
Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

Pema Chodron

February 2021

“Past and Present I know them well; each is a friend and sometimes an enemy to me. 
But it is the quiet, beckoning Future, an absolute stranger, with whom I have fallen madly in love.”

Richelle E. Goodrich, “Slaying Dragons”

January 2021

“Whether you are having the best New Year ever or you are struggling right now, the essence of spiritual life, in my experience,
is to always begin again—again and again—from wherever we find ourselves.
Each new moment is a chance to open our hearts and to turn an affectionate gaze on ourselves, others, and our surroundings.
Each new moment is a chance to say something true and vulnerable and meet someone in a deeper way.
Each new moment is a chance to start again and take some type of action that feels loving and life-giving.”

Tami Simon, Founder and Publisher, Sounds True

End of the Year 2020

“As this year draws to its end,
We give thanks for the gifts it brought
And how they became inlaid within
Where neither time nor tide can touch them.

The days when the veil lifted
And the soul could see delight;
When a quiver caressed the heart
In the sheer exuberance of being here.

Surprises that came awake
In forgotten corners of old fields
Where expectation seemed to have quenched.

The slow, brooding times
When all was awkward
And the wave in the mind
Pierced every sore with salt.

The darkened days that stopped
the confidence of the dawn.

Days when beloved faces shone brighter
With light from beyond themselves;
And from the granite of some secret sorrow
A stream of buried tears loosened.

We bless this year for all we learned,
For all we loved and lost
And for the quiet way it brought us
Nearer to our invisible destination.”

John O’Donohue, from his blessing At the end of the Year, from his book of blessings:
To Bless the Space Between Us.

December 2020

“Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person. You can call it compassionate listening.
You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

November 2020

“You will never be able to escape from your heart.  So it is better to listen to what it has to say.”

Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist

October 2020

“To love someone is to learn the song in their heart and sing it to them when they have forgotten.”

Arne Garborg

September 2020

“The places we are seen and heard are holy places. They remind us of our value as human beings. They give us the strength to go on.
Eventually they may even help us transform pain into wisdom.”

Rachel Naomi Remen

August 2020

“Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked.  Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”

Louise Hay

July 2020

“Our feelings of deficiency are a trance because, while we might realize we judge ourselves too much, we are rarely aware of how thoroughly a felt sense of falling short affixes itself to all our relationships, to work, to many moments of daily life. When in this trance, we are living in an imprisoning perception of who we are. When strong, our beliefs and feelings of deficiency prevent us from being intimate and authentic with anyone; we sense that we are intrinsically flawed and others will find out. Because the fear of failure is constant, it is difficult to lay down our hyper-vigilance and just relax. Instead, we are consumed with hiding our flaws and/or trying to be a better person.”

Tara Brach

June 2020

“It was only when I accepted myself just as I was, that I was free to change.”

Carl Rogers

May 2020
“Go outside and let your breath be stolen away.  Find the forests, seek the seas, meditate on the mountains, mist covered from morning.  We are nurtured by nature, born for the wild places; we’ve no business in cities, in buildings taller than trees can grow.  Go outside, and begin living again.”

Tyler Knott Gregson

April 2020

Feelings are Opportunities

“Feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back.  They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away.  They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck.  This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.”

Pema Chodron

March 2020

“We work on ourselves, then, in order to help others.  And we help others as a vehicle for working on ourselves.”

Ram Dass

February 2020

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.  Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too can become great.”

Mark Twain

January 2020

“You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.”

Brene Brown

December 2019


“Let no one keep you from your journey,
no rabbi or priest, no mother
who wants you to dig for treasures
she misplaced, no father
who won’t let one life be enough,
no lover who measures their worth

by what you might give up,
no voice that tells you in the night

it can’t be done.

Let nothing dissuade you
from seeing what you see

or feeling the winds that make you
want to dance alone
or go where no one
has yet to go.

You are the only explorer.
Your heart, the unreadable compass.
Your soul, the shore of a promise
too great to be ignored.”

Mark Nepo

November 2019

“Compare yourself with who you were yesterday, not with who someone else is today.”

Jordan B. Peterson

October 2019

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

Joseph Campbell

September 2019

“Butterfly maiden is the female fertilizing force. Carrying the pollen from one place to another, she cross-fertilizes, just as the soul fertilizes mind with night-dreams, just as archetypes fertilize the mundane world. She is the center. She brings the opposites together by taking a little from here and putting it there. Transformation is no more complicated than that. This is what she teaches. This is how the butterfly does it. This is how soul does it.”

Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run with the Wolves

August 2019

“Until we have met the monsters in ourselves, we will keep trying to slay them in the outer world. For all darkness in the world stems from darkness in the heart. And it is there we must do our work.”

Marianne Williamson

July 2019

“Happiness turned to me and said:
‘It is time to forgive yourself for all of the things you did not become. It is time to exonerate yourself for all the people you couldn’t save, for all the fragile hearts you fumbled with in the dark of your confusion. It is time, child, to accept that you don’t have to be who you were a year ago, that you don’t have to want the same things. Above all else, it is time to believe, with reckless abandon, that you are worthy of me, for I have been waiting for years.’ “

Bianca Sparacino

June 2019

“I Worried”

“I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not how shall
I correct it?

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,

Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
lockjaw, dementia?

Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
and sang.”

Mary Oliver

May 2019

“We need to travel. If we don’t offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world become small and we lose our sense of wonder. Our eyes don’t lift to the horizon; our ears don’t hear the sounds around us. The edge is off our experience, and we pass our days in a routine that is both comfortable and limiting. We wake up one day and find that we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days. Don’t let yourself become one of these people. The fear of the unknown and the lure of the comfortable will conspire to keep you from taking the chances the traveler has to take. But if you take them, you will never regret your choice. To be sure, there will be moments of doubt when you stand alone on an empty road in an icy rain, or when you are ill with fever in a rented bed. But as the pains of the moment will come, so too will they fall away. In the end, you will be so much richer, so much stronger, so much clearer, so much happier, and so much better a person that all the risk and hardship will seem like nothing compared to the knowledge you have gained.”
Kent Nerbum, Letters to My Son: A Father’s Wisdom on Manhood, Women, Life, and Love

April 2019

“The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. No, not at all. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.”
Robert Fulghum

March 2019

“The mind creates the abyss, and the heart crosses it.”
Sri Nisargadatta

February 2019

“You will have wonderful surges forward. Then there must be a time of consolidating before the next forward surge. Accept this as part of the process and never become downhearted.”
Eileen Caddy

January 2019

“Work like you don’t need the money.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like nobody’s watching.
Live like it’s heaven on Earth.”
Author unknown

December 2018

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves and not to twist them to fit our own image.  Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
Thomas Merton

November 2018

“That I feed the hungry, forgive an insult, and love my enemy–these are great virtues. But what if I should discover that the poorest of beggars and most impudent of offenders are all within me, and that I stand in need of all the alms of my own kindness; that I myself am the enemy who must be loved–what then?”
Carl Jung

October 2018

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
Japanese Proverb

September 2018

“The journey between who you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really begins.”
Barbara De Angelis

August 2018

“The really big successes often happen only after you let go of control.”
Robert Holden

July 2018

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

June 2018

“I left Home so long ago now
that I would not recognize my own face.
I constructed the Boat of My Life
and I set out
into the open sea
waving to all who knew
that the seas would give me
everything I could handle
and everything I could not
and yet they waved, and I set out
into the open sea
in the Boat of My Life:
built from Soul, crafted by Heart
and with great innocence I pushed off
into the open sea
and have been away from my Home
so long now that I would not recognize my own face
but I know that Home—-
remembers me.”
‘Long at Sea’, 2007, Em Claire

May 2018

“This is how a human being can change.
There is a worm
addicted to eating grape leaves.
Suddenly, he wakes up,
call it grace, whatever, something
wakes him, and he is no longer a worm.
He is the entire vineyard,
and the orchard too, the fruit, the trunks,
a growing wisdom and joy
that does not need to devour.”

April 2018

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

March 2018

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within 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 are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson

February 2018

“Maybe we are overdeveloped outwardly and underdeveloped inwardly. Perhaps it is we who, for all our wealth, are living in poverty.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn ( from, Wherever you go, There you are. Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life)

January 2018

“A friend is someone who supports you in being the best that you can be, yet accepts you as you are.”
Raphaella Vaisseau

December 2017

“My religion is kindness.”
The Dalai Lama

October 2017

“Follow your Bliss and the Universe will open doors where there were only walls.”
Joseph Campbell

November 2017

“If you are willing to look at another person’s behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with themselves rather than a statement about your value as a person, then you will, over a period of time, cease to react at all.”
Yogi Bhajan

September 2017

“Remember: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
 Eleanor Roosevelt

August 2017

“Self-acceptance is the fast track to healing.  I thought self-acceptance was muffled, white leather couch-therapist talk.  Turns out it’s penicillin for the soul, where infections die, and healthy insights take over.  What part of your life do you need to accept right now?”
Tama Kieves, A Year Without Fear

July 2017

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

June 2017

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.”
Andre Gide

May 2017

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

April 2017

“Through fear of knowing who we really are and what we want, we sidestep our own destiny which leaves us hungry in a famine of our own making.”
John O Donohue.

March 2017

“We’re not unhappy because we don’t have enough of what we think that we want. We are unhappy because we are resisting what is so in our lives and are frantically caught up in trying to fix something that we perceive to be broken.”
Katherine Woodward Thomas, Calling in “The One”

February 2017

“Hold on to the truth that all dark nights end with a light illuminating a new path.”
Caroline Myss, Anatomy of the Spirit

January 2017

“See loneliness as a healing period that allows you to tread a new path by choice, not out of a need to escape.” Author unknown

December 2016

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
 A Chinese proverb

November 2016

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether or not I am afraid.”
Audre Lorde

October 2016
“All escapes were cut off.  I had to move into my own silence and find out who was in there.”
Marion Woodman

September 2016

“Do not compare, do not measure.  No other way is like yours.  All other ways deceive and tempt you.  You must fulfill the way that is in you.”
Carl Jung

August 2016

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor…Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain

July 2016

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new”

June 2016

“Loving oneself is no easy matter just because it means loving all of oneself including the shadow where one is inferior and socially so unacceptable.  The care one gives this humiliating part is also the cure.”
James Hillman

May 2016

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
Maya Angelou

April 2016

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
 Mahatma Gandhi 

March 2016

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

February 2016

“Every single time I make the decision to treat myself gently, I send peace to the world.  Every time I forgive myself, the world feels the effects of my forgiveness.  My self-respect and self-forgiveness return me to the beauty of who I truly am, which stirs the energy of love in me and sends it out into the world.”
Rev. Jane Beach, Science of Mind Magazine, Sept 10, 2014 daily guides

January 2016

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt

December 2015

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”
JB Priestly

November 2015

“When I embrace my wounds and allow them to heal…
I have no impulse to injure you.
When I understand my desire to be lifted up…
I refuse to tear you down.
When I think rightly about myself…
I need not make you wrong.
And when my cry for love opens my own heart’s doors…
I no longer close you out.”
Dr Roger W. Teel

October 2015

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
Anaïs Nin

September 2015

“It is mainly through the wounds in life that the Gods enter.”
James Hillman

August 2015

“Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves,  the tides, and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love.  Then for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

July 2015

“Soul enters life from below, through the cracks, finding an opening into life at the points where smooth functioning breaks down.”
Thomas Moore

June 2015

Mother Of Us All

Mother-of-us-all prays to free us
from our image of perfection
to which so much suffering clings.

When in the shadowy mind
we imagine ourselves imperfectly,
praying to be freed from gravity
by enlightenment, she refines our prayers.

Putting her arms around us
she bids us rest our head on her shoulder
whispering, Don’t you know
with all your fear and anger
all you are fit for is love.
Stephen Levine

May 2015
“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”
Kahlil Gibran,  The Prophet

April 2015

“Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

March 2015

“So many of the parts of ourselves we have pushed away come up in grief.  That is why grief has this enormity of potential for healing”.
Stephen Levine, Meetings at The Edge

February 2015

“It’s not what we didn’t learn that hurts us.  It’s what we did learn that ain’t so”
Mark Twain

January 2015

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”
Brene Brown

December 2014

“Are you holding the contents of your life in such a way that it is stealing aliveness from you?”
Kathy Hearn

November 2014

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
Joseph Campbell, from Reflections on the Art of Living

October 2014

“Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise
From outward things, whatever you may believe.
There is an inmost center in us all,
Where truth abides in fullness…
And to know
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendor may escape,
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.”
Robert Browning, Paracelsus

September 2014

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.”
From, Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver

August 2014

“He who binds to himself a joy, does the winged life destroy.
He who kisses the joy as it flies, lives in eternity’s sunrise.”
William Blake

July 2014

“There’s one relationship in our lives that’s most important.  It’s the foundation of all our other relationships.  And when that relationship is working, then all the other relationships in our lives work.  When it isn’t working, then none of the rest of our relationships do.  That relationship is with ourselves.”
Shakti Gawain, Awakening. A Daily Guide to Conscious Living

June 2014

” A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”
Chinese Proverb (taken from Eat Mangoes Naked, by Sark)

May 2014

“One does not become enlightened by
imagining figures of light, but by
making the darkness conscious.”
C.G Jung

April 2014

“Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now.
Let it teach you Being.
Let it teach you integrity — which means to be one, to be yourself, to be real.
Let it teach you how to live and how to die, and how not to make living and dying into a problem.”
Eckhart Tolle

March 2014

The Guest-House By Jelaluddin Rumi

This being human is a guest-house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
Who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture.
Still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing, and
invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

February 2014

“What is required of us is that we love the difficult and learn to deal with it. In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us. Right in the difficult we must have our joys, our happiness, our dreams: there against the depth of this background, they stand out, there for the first time we see how beautiful they are.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

January 2014

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

December 2013

“Not all who wander are lost.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

November 2013

“Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakens.”
Carl Jung

October 2013

“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.”

September 2013

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same”
Carlos Castaneda

August 2013

“Creativity is making something of the soul out of every experience”
Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul

July 2013

“Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?”
Mary Oliver

June 2013

“People say that what we are seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. 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 2013

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask youself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Harold Thurman Whitman

April 2013

“The more we allow ourselves to unfold, the less likely we are to unravel.”
Rabbi Irwin Kula