Sunday Quotes – Grace

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Grace means more than gifts. In grace something is transcended, once and for all overcome. Grace happens in spite of something; it happens in spite of separateness and alienation. Grace means that life is once again united with life, self is reconciled with self. Grace means accepting the abandoned one. Grace transforms fate into a meaningful vocation. It transforms guilt to trust and courage. The word grace has something triumphant in it.

Yrjo Kallinen

Grace must find expression in life, otherwise it is not grace.

Karl Barth

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

Denis Waitley

We frail humans are at one time capable of the greatest good and, at the same time, capable of the greatest evil. Change will only come about when each of us takes up the daily struggle ourselves to be more forgiving, compassionate, loving, and above all joyful in the knowledge that, by some miracle of grace, we can change as those around us can change too.

Mairead Maguire

Sunday Quotes – Awakening

We live between the act of awakening and the act of surrender. Each morning, we awaken to the light and the invitation to a new day in the world of time; each night, we surrender to the dark to be taken to play in the world of dreams where time is no more.

John O’Donohue

I think dance is amazing because what people don’t realize is like when you dance your spirit and your soul get ignited. You’re not only releasing endorphins, but also your spirit is awakening. It makes you feel good and happy.

Laurieann Gibson

I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I’d seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it.

Bryan Adams

It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful.

Adrienne Rich

Sunday Quotes – Blame

 

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.’

Charles M. Schulz

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.

John C. Maxwell

If we fall, we don’t need self-recrimination or blame or anger — we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to re-commit, to be whole-hearted once again.

Sharon Salzberg


T.G.I.F. Thank God I’m Fabulous!

 Inc.com had an article at the beginning of 2015 that lists 57 ways to make 2015 fabulous. I know we are all fabulous but there are times we get too busy or too tired and we forget how wonderful and extraordinary we are! Here’s a few things to help remind us of what we can do to make 2015 (and beyond) fabulous.

 

  • Help someone less fortunate. Giving to others is the best way to create a sense of abundance in your own life.
  • Laugh more often. Numerous studies show that laughter doesn’t just make you happier, it also make you healthier by relieving stress.
  • Let go of your results. Once you’ve taken action and there’s nothing else you can do, forget about the result and focus on the job at hand
  • Limit exposure to media violence. Intensely violent and suspenseful movies and video games can force your body into “fight or flight.” Don’t overdo them.
  • Lose more arguments. Some battles aren’t worth fighting, and many people are easier to handle when they think they’ve won.

 

Sunday Quotes – Delusions

Reading is a form of prayer, a guided meditation that briefly makes us believe we’re someone else, disrupting the delusion that we’re permanent and at the center of the universe. Suddenly (we’re saved!) other people are real again, and we’re fond of them.

George Saunders

Much protective self-criticism stems from growing up around people who wouldn’t or couldn’t love you, and it’s likely they still can’t or won’t. In general, however, the more you let go of the tedious delusion of your own unattractiveness, the easier it will be for others to connect with you, and the more accepted you’ll feel.

Martha Beck

Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth.

Ludwig Borne

To me, the human move to take responsibility for the living Earth is laughable – the rhetoric of the powerless. The planet takes care of us, not we of it. Our self-inflated moral imperative to guide a wayward Earth, or heal our sick planet, is evidence of our immense capacity for self-delusion. Rather, we need to protect ourselves from ourselves.

Lynn Margulis

Sunday Quotes – Peace

 

Peace in ourselves, peace in the world.

Thich Nhat Hanh

For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the Universe.

Larry Eisenberg

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

Francis of Assisi

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.

John Lennon

Sunday Quotes – Achievement

It is not enough to have knowledge, one must also apply it. It is not enough to have wishes, one must also accomplish.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.

Desiderius Erasmus

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.

Golda Meir

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done 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 and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows 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 know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt