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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

 Be the change that you want to see in the world.

~ Mohandas K Gandhi

Link: Brainy Quote

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Hinduism

· change · action

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

Gardening

Gardening is well known to be therapeutic, but it is also deeply spiritual. It is a process of fostering life, of working with the land and Nature to create beauty – what could be more spiritual than that? Embodied spirituality is about responding to the world with wonder, creativity and joy; it is not some abstract process – it is about connecting the inner with the outer. The planting of the seeds in the ground teaches us hope and care for small growing things. Watching the seeds come up is an experience of hope rewarded. Then we must care for the tender seedlings, watering them, planting them out, protecting them from being eaten. We create patterns in the garden – arrangements of plants that flower and fruit in their season. The plants might be herbs that heal, or flowers with scent and colour, or leafy trees, or fruit and vegetables. Plants have symbolism and mythology and folklore associated with them.

The word paradise means an enclosed garden; the earliest gardens were oases of fertility in the desert, such as the famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which must have required considerable watering. The fabled Garden of Eden was the mythological model for such gardens. Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ uncle Zovár said that the Garden of Eden was really the whole Earth, because everywhere on Earth is capable of flowering like a garden, and is full of the divine presence if you know how to be aware of it.

Composting (an essential aspect of gardening) is a wonderful metaphor for the process of change and transformation. We compost our dead matter (past experience) and it helps to fertilise new growth (the wisdom that comes from experience).

 

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: UK Spirituality blog

Category: Spiritual practices

Tradition: Multiple traditions

· change · everyday spirituality · gardening · spiritual practices · transformation

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

A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

~ Margaret Mead

Category: Quotations

Tradition: None

· change · action · mindfulness

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

Self-sabotage is the smartest thing you can do if you're sabotaging a self that is not really you.

~ Armand DeMele

Category: Quotations

Tradition: None

· change · development

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.

~ Carl Rogers

Category: Quotations

Tradition: None

· change · paradox

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

~ John Wooden

Category: Quotations

Tradition: None

· failure · change

If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself.

~ Norman Vincent Peale

Category: Quotations

Tradition: None

· change · development

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

~ Warren Bennis

Category: Quotations

Tradition: None

· leadership · change

 It's hard to know when to respond to the seductiveness of the world and when to respond to its challenge. If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I rise in the morning torn between the desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

~ E B White

Link: Ms Kitty's Saloon and Roadshow

Category: Quotations

Tradition: None

· change · action · mindfulness

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

Walking is defined as a process of falling and recovering ones self. All progress involves this problem of moving equilibrium.

~ Caroline Bartlett Crane

Link: UU Quotes

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Unitarian

· change · development

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