Imperfection and perfection go so hand in hand, and our dark and our light are so intertwined, that by trying to push the darkness or negative aspects of our life to the side… we are preventing ourselves from the fullness of life.
Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.
We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.
The first and most important choice a leader makes is the choice to serve, without which one’s capacity to lead is severely limited.
Even when life challenges us, it’s a gift beyond all measure.
Imperfection inspires invention, imagination, creativity. It stimulates. The more I feel imperfect, the more I feel alive.
Start with a small step and don’t give up.
Compassion is the basis of morality.
You can’t be neutral on a moving train.
Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.
Which drop of water constituting an ocean is unimportant?
We are dependent on each other. Therefore, replenishing the soil, replenishing society and being part of one continuum — that is the new story.
Return to the most human, nothing less
Will nourish the torn spirit, the bewildered heart,
The angry mind: and from the ultimate duress,
Pierced with the breath of anguish, speak for love.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
Dalai Lama XIV
Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.
The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
There is a moon inside every human being. Learn to be companions with it.
I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.
Pearl S. Buck
Tag: Daily Good
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Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.
I have been circling for thousands of years,
and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?
Rainer Maria Rilke
I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.
Based on this goal of accumulation, industrial society practices conspicuous consumption. Indigenous societies, on the other hand, practice…”conspicuous distribution.” We focus on the potlatch, the giveaway, an event which carries much more honor than accumulation does.
Cooking is good citizenship.
To burn out is to let one’s light languish until it disappears. As interdependent beings, we are responsible for making sure our flame is fueled.
When your kid walks in the room, does your face light up?
Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
T. S. Eliot
But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.
There is always going to be obstacles. The thing is you don’t let those obstacles determine where you are going.
I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.
If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.
If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.
Surrender isn’t a sacrifice of the known, but rather a celebration of the infinite.
The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
What at first glance what may appear to be messy and inefficient may actually be life experimenting — discovering what is possible.
Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.
Being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure.
He who rules himself rules over the whole world.
I now see the soul as that wild creature way back there in the woods that knows how to survive in very hard places.
History is the essence of innumerable biographies.
What makes things memorable is that they are meaningful, significant, colorful.
Once we view the economy as supporting a meaningful, comfortable life for everyone in a sustainable world, then we can use economic growth to provide the goods and services we actually want, that actually benefit the people and the planet.
It is only logical that the pauperization of our soul and the soul of society coincide with the pauperization of the environment. One is the cause and the reflection of the other.
Quotes courtesy of Daily Good
There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.
The paradox of trauma is that it has both the power to transform and resurrect.
Peter A. Levine
Art is a harmony parallel with nature.
Whatever is held and listened to will show us where it lives in the world and in us.
If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.
Sir Ken Robinson
We’re impermanent as ripples in a lake and bubbles in a river. But our true nature is the water that pours down.
I shut my eyes in order to see.
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
Rest is the original transformative technology. Through rest we rebuild, rewire and renew ourselves – literally.
Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together
Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.
To respect the cat is the beginning of aesthetic sense.
Nature is too big, too unknowable and multidimensional to be contained within a picture frame.
Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.
Thomas Henry Huxley
Life is like getting into a boat that’s just about to sail off to sea and sink.
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Quotes courtesy of Daily Good
Any landscape is a condition of the spirit.
Henri Frederic Amiel
We must believe it is darkest before the dawn of a new world. We will see it when we believe it.
In the tapestry of life, we’re all connected. Each one of us is a gift to those around us, helping each other be who we are, weaving a perfect picture together
The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
Only in quiet waters do thing mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.
When there is so much to be known, when there are so many fields of knowledge in which the same words are used with different meanings, when everyone knows a little about a great many things, it becomes increasingly difficult for anyone to know whether he knows what he is talking about or not.
Ecocide demands a response. That response is too important to be left to politicians, economists, conceptual thinkers, number crunchers; too all-pervasive to be left to activists or campaigners. Artists are needed.
Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine
Life seems to have one question it asks us over and over: will you have your heart broken with something you care about?
Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgement, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of “you’re not alone.”
Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
My sense is wherever you are, and whatever your religious orientation or lack of it, just to go to silence whether it’s by taking a walk or going into a retreat house is like going into a hospital for the soul.
When you discard your own pettiness, center yourself in integrity, and reach into your soul for your greatness, it is always there.
I have never forgotten the almost mystical power over an audience a storyteller has, when the story is deep and links you.
We must turn water into air in order to live, which for us means turning our experience into something that can sustain us. It means turning pain into wonder, heartache into joy.
Let your heart go out and abide in things. Let things return and abide in your heart.
Joy is the gift of love. Grief is the price of love. Anger is the force that protects it.
The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.
When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
Children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.
Linda Creed and Michael Masser
A generous heart is always open, always ready to receive our going and coming. In the midst of such love we need never fear abandonment. This is the most precious gift true love offers – the experience of knowing we always belong.
Make love of yourself perfect. Deny yourself nothing — give yourself infinity and eternity and discover that you do not need them; you are beyond.
No seed ever sees the flower.
There are no wrong turns, only unexpected paths.
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.
Sane leadership…is the deep knowing that, even in the most dire circumstances, more becomes possible as people engage together with compassion and discernment, self-determining their way forward.
Peace is the only battle worth waging.
Everything is connected…no one thing can change by itself.
True self tells us who we are, where we are planted in the ecosystem of life, what “right action” looks like for us, and how we can grow more fully into our own potentials.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
A curve is always beautiful because it’s truthful.
I’ve found that many of the decisions in my life involving change have come from the heart.
If you have built castles in the air; your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau
Education is not a tool for development– individual, community, and the nation. It is the foundation for our future. It is empowerment to make choices and emboldens the youth to chase their dreams.
Those who teach the most about humanity, aren’t always humans.
Donald L. Hicks
Work on the body is very important to help people feel fully alive. Aside from telling their story they must reacquaint themselves with their body. Trauma isn’t out there it is right in here.
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
When the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.
Leonardo Da Vinci
Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.
We seek a restorative justice, not a retributive justice.
If the cause of poverty is marginalization, the cure is inclusion.
Richard John Neuhaus
The truth is that falling hurts. The dare is to keep being brave and feel your way back up.
When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or whether you take them with gratitude.
According to writer Seth Godin, there are two ways to live in the world: with a “have to” attitude or a “get to” attitude. The latter mindset opens up the world and all the possibility of goodness therein and the former shuts down the heart and closes the door on the world. So the question is, how do we want to live? Too often, we have taken the gifts around us for granted and end up feeling entitled. We can begin to find gratitude by looking at our lives with open eyes and take steps toward being grateful, even in the hard times. We may not always know where this will take this, but -as Seth Godin saysno one gets “to Cleveland by knowing every turn from here to Cleveland. You start driving and get directions as you go.” This is the essence of living a life of gratitude.