Search Results for 'change'

When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You're able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently. 

~ Pema Ch?dr?n

Link: GoodReads

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Buddhism

· life · change · awareness · mindfulness

 A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.

~ Mohandas K Gandhi

Link: Brainy Quote

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Hinduism

· faith · change · determination

Religion is not about accepting twenty impossible propositions before breakfast, but about doing things that change you. It is a moral aesthetic, an ethical alchemy. If you behave in a certain way, you will be transformed. The myths and laws of religion are not true because they they conform to some metaphysical, scientific or historical reality but because they are life enhancing. They tell you how human nature functions, but you will not discover their truth unless you apply these myths and doctrines to your own life and put them into practice.

~ Karen Armstrong

Link: GoodReads

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Multiple traditions

· religion · spirituality · change · attitude · truth · tradition · mythology

If it is written and read with serious attention, a novel, like a myth or any great work of art, can become an initiation that helps us to make a painful rite of passage from one phase of life, one state of mind, to another. A novel, like a myth, teaches us to see the world differently; it shows us how to look into our own hearts and to see our world from a perspective that goes beyond our own self-interest.

~ Karen Armstrong

Link: GoodReads

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Multiple traditions

· books · reading · lectio divina · initiation · change · mythology

An Improvisation For Angular Momentum

Walking is like
imagination, a
single step
dissolves the circle
into motion; the eye here
and there rests
on a leaf,
gap, or ledge,
everything flowing
except where
sight touches seen:
stop, though, and
reality snaps back
in, locked hard,
forms sharply
themselves, bushbank,
dentree, phoneline,
definite, fixed,
the self, too, then
caught real, clouds
and wind melting
into their directions,
breaking around and
over, down and out,
motions profound,
alive, musical!

 
Perhaps the death mother like the birth mother
does not desert us but comes to tend
and produce us, to make room for us
and bear us tenderly, considerately,
through the gates, to see us through,
to ease our pains, quell our cries,
to hover over and nestle us, to deliver
us into the greatest, most enduring
peace, all the way past the bother of
recollection,
beyond the finework of frailty,
the mishmash house of the coming & going,
creation's fringes,
the eddies and curlicues

by A.R. Ammons

Link: Panhala

Category: Poetry

Tradition: None

· poem · poetry · change · life · death · universe

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.

~ Betty Reese

Category: Quotations

Tradition: None

· attitude · smallness · change · effectiveness

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

~ Anatole France

Category: Quotations

Tradition: None

· action · change · dream · faith

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

~ John Wooden

Category: Quotations

Tradition: None

· failure · change

The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.

~ Warren Bennis

Category: Quotations

Tradition: None

· leadership · change

Innovation

I invite you to close your eyes, and think of a time that you tried something new. Maybe the first time you rode a bike, or your first kiss, or the first time you tried a type of food that you were convinced you didnt like. Maybe it was the first time you tried a new spiritual practice: meditation, or visualisation, or prayer, or elaborate ritual. Maybe it was when you did something scary, like capsizing a canoe or doing a parachute jump. Try to remember how it felt before you did it. Were you scared, resisting, apprehensive, hesitant? Was there someone there to help you get over your fear? What did they do? Were they supportive and kind, or did they push you into it being cruel to be kind? Try to remember how it felt while you were doing it. When did fear change to pleasure? If it did what kind of pleasure was it? Quiet satisfaction or wild exhilaration? Now try to remember how it felt afterwards. Did you want to do it again? Did it make you more willing to try new things? Did it change how you felt about yourself? [pause] Hold the memory of these feelings in your mind. When you are ready, open your eyes and return to the present and your companions here.

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: Dance of the elements

Category: Meditations and reflections

Tradition: Unitarian

· meditation · Unitarian · daily · spiritual practice · Yvonne Aburrow · change · experiment · experience

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something I can do.

~ Edward Everett Hale

Link: Still I am one

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Unitarian

· action · change · dream · faith

Living means growing and changing. To live is to feel discomfort and pain along with the pleasure and the joy. It is to feel the awkwardness of not speaking the language, not knowing the customs, not being able to differentiate safety from danger. It is to feel the floor drop out beneath you. Living is diving into the wild mess of life not knowing what’s coming next except that it will challenge and change you. 

~ Andy Pakula

Link: Throw Yourself Like Seed

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Unitarian

· living · growth · change