Every so often I come upon some wonderful words that remind me of who I am in truth, of what life is about, and of how to turn darkness into light when necessary. I want to share some of them with you today. I hope some of them will ring bells for you. Would love to hear from you about any that seem relevant to your own life…
Inspirational Quotes - For Your Body
The body is a sacred garment. It’s your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor.
If you want to find the answers to the Big Questions about your soul, you’d best begin with the Little Answers about your body.
If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred.
For if our body is the matter upon which our consciousness applies itself, it is coextensive with our consciousness. It includes everything that we perceive; it extends unto the stars.
One way or another, we were made from the sacred elements that together compose the Earth. We are made from the Earth, we breathe it in with every breath we take, we drink it and eat it, we share the same spark that animates the whole planet. Our stories tell us this, and so does our science.
As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.
We are healed of our suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
The goal of the hero’s journey is yourself, finding yourself.
Inspirational Quotes About BEAUTY
Beauty is but the spirit breaking through the flesh.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
In the house of long life, there I wander,
In the house of happiness, there I wander.
Beauty before me, with it I wander.
Beauty behind me, with it I wander.
Beauty below me, with it I wander.
Beauty all around me, with it I wander.
In old age traveling, with it I wander.
I am on the beautiful trail, with it I wander.
DONALD SANDERS IN NAVAHO SYMBOLS OF HEALING
To become human, one must make room in oneself for the wonders of the universe.
SOUTH AMERICAN INDIAN SAYING
Inspirational Quotes About Ageless Aging
The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball—the further I am rolled the more I gain.
SUSAN B. ANTHONY
Perhaps middle age is, or should be, a period of shedding shells; the shell of ambition, the shell of material accumulations and possessions, the shell of the ego. Perhaps one can shed at this stage in life as one sheds in beach-living; one’s pride, one’s false ambitions, one’s mask, one’s armor. Was that armor not put on to protect one from the competitive world? If one ceases to compete, does one need it? Perhaps one can at last in middle age, if not earlier, be completely oneself. And what a liberation that would be!
ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH
The power to live a full, adult, living, breathing life in close contact with what I love—the earth and the wonders thereof, the sea the sun…. I want to enter into it, to be part of it, to live in it, to learn from it, to lose all that is superficial and acquired in me, and to become a conscious direct human being. I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming….
Midlife brings with it an invitation to accept ourselves as we truly are, embracing the darker sides of ourselves as well as the good, the dark sides of our culture as well as the good. We have an instinctive fear of facing the dark mysteries. The shadow or unknown parts of us belong to an inner world that is usually suppressed in the first half of life…. But by confronting our mysterious and shadowy center, we tap into life’s revitalizing energies and gain access to our innermost self, which contains the key to a new understanding of our life’s meaning.
PAULA PAYNE HARDIN
Inspirational Quotes About Courage
You cannot travel into yourself without exploring the infinite reaches
of eternal consciousness.
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
In the middle of the way of our lives, I found myself in a dark, dangerous wood.
Our task is to cross the thresholds
into unknown lands
where our teachers
may provoke our initiation
and our demons summon our illumination.
May the Great Spirit smile within us
Making our spirits strong
And our souls light.
And what we learn, may we carry it back
Whole or in part
And share it with our village.
NADU, CIRCLE OF SHAMAN
Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness, concerning all acts of initiation (and creation)… the moment one definitely commits, the Providence comes too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred…Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin now.
Where there is dismemberment in the beginning there is remembrance at the end.
Terrified, I sent out the
Greatest shriek, saying: “O
Mother where are you? I would
Suffer pain more lightly if I
Had not felt the deep pleasure
Of your presence earlier…Where
Is your help now?”
HILDEGARD OF BINGEN
Inspirational Quotes About Silence & Solitude
Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.
The best way out is always through.
A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is—infinite.
Beyond words, in the silencing of thought, we are already there.
The task is to go deeply as possible into the darkness…and to emerge on the other side with permission to name one’s reality from one’s own point of view.
For six years now l have gone around by myself and built up my science. And now I am a master. Son, I can love anything. No longer do I have to think about it even. I see a street full of people and a beautiful light comes in me. I watch a bird in the sky. Or I meet a traveler on the road. Everything, son. And anybody. All strangers and
all loved! Do you realize what a science like mine can mean?
LISTEN TO THE WHISPERS
As we progress and awaken to the soul in us and things we shall realize that there is consciousness also in the plant, in the metal, in the atom, in electricity, in everything that belongs to physical nature.
Only through being yourself can you give to the others in your world your greatest gifts. To do any less betrays both them and yourself...To orient your life around a structure of some other human being’s understanding is to worship a false god. It is to lock yourself into a framework of someone else’s prejudice, however well intentioned. It is to prefer the past-oriented knowledge of another to your own present-moment perception. It is to doubt both yourself and the Creator who would, if you permit it, awaken within you.
The seat of the soul is there, where the outer and inner worlds meet.
Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself. It is not far, it is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere—on water and on land.
If only human beings could... be more reverent toward their own fruitfulness...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
You’ll never be able to dance unless you hear your own music. It doesn’t matter how you say it—the words on your lips must reflect the truth of your heart. Otherwise your life’s breath is muted.
THE THEFT OF THE SPIRIT CARL A HAMMERSCHLAG MD
I arise today
Through the strength of heaven
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire
Speed of lightning
Swiftness of wind.
Depth of sea
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.
ST PATRICK’S PRAYER
AND FINALLY THIS
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
These are the times. We are the people.