“I am done with great things and big things, great institutions and big success, and I am for those tiny, invisible molecular moral forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which if you give them time, will rend the hardest monuments of man's pride.”

~ William James

“Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing.”

~ Rachel Naomi Remen

"There is a saying in the Tibetan scriptures: 'Knowledge must be burned, hammered, and beaten like pure gold. Then one can wear it as an ornament.' So when you receive spiritual instruction from the hands of another, you do not take it uncritically, but you burn it, you hammer it, you beat it, until the bright, dignified color of gold appears. Then you craft it into an ornament, whatever design you like, and you put it on."

~ Chogyam Trungpa

“A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, the longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one's suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home.” 

~ Hermann Hesse, Wandering

"The shamans say that being a medicine man begins by falling into the power of the demons. The one who pulls out of the dark place becomes the medicine man, and the one who stays in it is the sick person. You can take every psychological illness as an initiation. Even the worst things you fall into are an effort of initiation, for you are in something which belongs to you."

~ Joan Halifax 

"To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be. When we let be with compassion, things come and go on there own."

~ Jack Kornfield

"What would it be like to give yourself the freedom from having to be in any particular state right now?"

~ Adyashanti

"In the presence of nature a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nature" 

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives might be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief.  I come into the presence  of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

~ Wendall Berry









~ From The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry

"People need wild places. Whether or not we think we do, we do. We need to be able to taste grace and know again that we desire it. We need to experience a landscape that is timeless, whose agenda moves at the pace of speciation and glaciers. To be surrounded by a singing, mating, howling commotion of other species, all of which love their lives as much as we do ours, and none of which could possibly care less about us in our place. It reminds us that our plans are small and somewhat absurd. It reminds us why, in those cases in which our plans might influence many future generations, we ought to choose carefully. Looking out on a clean plank of planet earth, we can get shaken right down to the bone by the bronze-eyed possibility of lives that are not our own.” 

~ Barbara Kingsolver

"To Listen a soul into disclosure and discovery is the greatest service a human being can do for another."

~ Quaker Saying

"Understanding the nature of impermanence and the importance of ceremonially marking life changes has enabled our human psyche to meet its very nature and to track its own journey around the wheel of our becoming-ness for thousands of years. With most of this knowledge absent in modern society we are missing a major healing modality that has the potential, not to medicate, fix, or suppress, but to validate and partner the excruciating journey through grief, loss, or life-threatening illness into the promise of an initiated life."

~ Petra Lentz Snow

"Peace isn’t an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth, it’s an experience that’s expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened."

~ Pema Chodren


are you breathing just a little,

and calling it life?

~ Mary Oliver

(excerpt from poem: Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches?)

“Whatever your story, you no longer need to be alone with it. This is what will allow your healing to begin.”

~ Carl Rogers

"For what it's worth... it's never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same ... I hope you live a life you 're proud of, and if you're not, I hope you have the courage to start over again."

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

"If you love a flower, don't pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation."

~ Osho