Favorite quotes

The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer. They think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer. ~ Ken Kesey (courtesy of David Lauterstein)

Silence is the language of God. All else is poor translation. ~ Rumi

Coherence is a state of being that is characterized by harmonious order and coordination of interconnected systems. ~ HeartMath Institute

Let us live so well we will not spend useless years in timidity and inertness. Let us dedicate ourselves to the liberation of the human mind and spirit ~ beginning with our own. ~ Maya Angelou

People say that what we’re all 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 our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. ~ Joseph Campbell

The creation of love is the highest art form. Love is not here to take sides but to take over. ~ Bruce Fredrick Patzke (12/17/1943-12/1/2022)

Attention is the most basic form of love. Through it, we bless and are blessed. ~ John Tarrant Roshi

The water you drink is three billion years old, give or take five million years. The stuff your body is made of is at least 10 billion years old, probably older, and has been as far away as 100,000 light-years from where it is right now. 

The air you breathe has, in the course of its travels, been literally everywhere on the planet, and has slipped in and out of the lungs of almost every human being who has ever lived.

Would you act differently if you had a visceral sense of these facts? What unprecedented behavior might you express? ~ Rob Brezsny

After you jump, before you land is God. ~ Gabrielle Roth

We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth. ~ Virginia Satir

…fear can be love trying its best in the dark. So do not fear your fear. Own it. Free it. This isn’t a liberation that I or anyone can give you—it’s a power you must look for, learn, love, lead and locate for yourself. ~ Amanda Gorman

This is a dark time, filled with suffering and uncertainty. Like living cells in a larger body, it is natural that we feel the trauma of our world. So don’t be afraid of the anguish you feel, or the anger or fear, because these responses arise from the depth of your caring and the truth of your interconnectedness with all beings. ~ Joanna Macy

Breathing in, I know I am breathing in.
Breathing out, I know I am breathing out.
Breathing in I know I am alive;
Breathing out, in this present moment.
Breathing in, there is only this present moment.
Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet. ~ Franz Kafka

The dancer’s body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul. ~ Isadora Duncan

A person is a fluid process, not a fixed and static entity; a flowing river of change, not a block of solid material; a continually changing constellation of potentialities, not a fixed quantity of traits. ~ Carl Rogers

Living is verbing. ~ MaryAnn Reynolds

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing. ~ William James

The map is not the territory. ~ Alfred Korzybski

Caught in the self-centered dream, only suffering;
holding to self-centered thoughts, exactly the dream;
each moment, life as it is, the only teacher;
being just this moment, compassion’s way. ~ Joko Beck

The natural healing force in each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. ~ Hippocrates 

“I am learning to shut up more in the presence of God.” More and more for him, he says, communion with God is about “trying to grow, in just being there. Like when you sit in front of a fire in winter — you are just there in front of the fire. You don’t have to be smart or anything. The fire warms you.” ~ Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, age 78

Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness. ~ Eckhart Tolle

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

The surgeon uses a microscope to magnify his field of work. We magnify our field of work and observation by calling into play our total living sensory field. We open all the sensory areas of the brain. We open all the proprioceptive sensory fibers from the head to the feet. ~ Rollin Becker, DO, cranial osteopath

The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think. ~ Gregory Bateson

Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness. ~ Peter Levine

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. ~ Henry Miller

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. ~ W.B. Yeats

If you obsess over whether you are making the right decision, you are basically assuming that the universe will reward you for one thing and punish you for another. The universe has no fixed agenda. Once you make any decision, it works around that decision. There is no right or wrong, only a series of possibilities that shift with each thought, feeling, and action that you experience. ~ Deepak Chopra

The shortest distance between two points is intention. ~ John Upledger

One idea that really hampers us is to believe that people get ‘enlightened,’ and then they’re that way forever and ever. We may have our moments, and if we get sick and have lots of things happening, we may fall back. But a person who practices consistently over years and years is more that way, more of the time, all the time. And that’s enough. There is no such thing as getting it. ~ Charlotte Joko Beck

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. ~ Anne Lamott

Each of us may be nothing more than a moving wave of change, but we are waves able to know this fact. We rise and fall in an infinitely deep and timeless sea, upright and undisturbed. ~ Sallie Tisdale

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves. ~ Alan Watts

We are stars wrapped in skin. The light that you are seeking has always been within. ~ Rumi

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. ~ John Muir

Unlike many of his contemporaries, however, the Buddha didn’t try to convince people that the method through which he found release from suffering was the only true method. A common theme running through many of the sutras could be summarized in modern terms as, “This is just what I did and this is what I recognized. Don’t believe anything I say because I say so. Try it out for yourselves.” ~ Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

The difference between the two physics (Newtonian and quantum) is that quantum mechanics more specifically applies to molecular and atomic realms while Newtonian laws apply to higher levels of organization, such as organ systems, people, or populations of people. Most biological dysfunctions (except injuries due to physical trauma) start at the level of a cell’s molecules and ions. Hence the need for a biology that integrates both quantum and Newtonian mechanics. ~ Bruce Lipton

True healers know that wellness is the order of the day, so they do not allow themselves, even for a moment, to see anything other than that. So, the power of the healer is in the power to influence the one who needs to be healed into a vibration that allows the healing that they are summoning (that they could get, even without the healer, but they can get faster with a healer’s influence). ~ Esther (Abraham and Jerry)

We are exploring what we’re exploring with. ~ Gabrielle Roth

Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken. Take heed, do not squander your life. ~ Dogen Zenji

Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real. ~ Niels Bohr

Your skin doesn’t necessarily separate you from the world – it’s a bridge through which the world flows into you, and you flow into the world. ~ Alan Watts

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