What you See

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“When we dare to see with the eyes of the soul, we begin to see sharper images, things seem closer to us, our intuitive powers grow. We develop an ability to grasp and understand the unseen or non-rational elements of the world. To see with the soul is to see with our whole self. This is an intentional, personal engagement, an act of spiritual intimacy, the most profound interaction with the world that most of us have ever known.” ~Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, Gardening the Soul

Believe in Us

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“The world is in a critical phase because we are. The world is in a massive shift because we are. The world still has a chance for survival, both in spite of us and because of us.” ~Marianne Williamson, Illuminata (1994)

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Love and Service

“The motive of the Higher Self is always love and service.” ~Joan Borysenko, Pocketful of Miracles

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“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s ‘Theory of Relativity’ to serve. You don’t have to know the Second Theory of Thermal Dynamics in Physics to serve… You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”  ~Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. from his sermon ‘The Drum Major Instinct’ [source]

Give with joy

“There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“The greatest joy comes from giving and serving. That’s much better than the discomfort and distress of focusing exclusively on yourself and what’s in it for you. When you make the shift to supporting others in your life, without expecting anything in return, you’ll think less about what you want and find comfort and joy in the act of giving and serving. This giving, loving, serving person is the real you.” ~Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Live brightly

“Let everything we do and say be an expression of the beauty in our heart, always based on love.”
~Don Miguel Ruiz

Live brightly. Be who you are. Who you really are. With all your wrinkles and warts. All your cuteness and kindness. You are enough. Just relax and be you. Your light shines brighter as you become more authentic. One cannot help but be original as we share our own journey. Namaste. ~Gina
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“The important virtues are only learned with much repetition. Their importance is revealed again and again in obvious and then gradually subtler ways. Some of the deepest virtues, like patience and temperance, perseverance and compassion, take a lifetime to assimilate. So relax. The journey is meant to be a gradual unfolding.”
~Ann Mortifee, In Love With The Mystery

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Sparkle like gold

The timeless story of the golden Buddha statue hidden and forgotten under a layer of clay for generations has been told and retold. It’s an important cultural tale that symbolizes many lessons, including our rediscovery of our inner worth. Joni Mitchell sang our truth: “We are stardust. We are golden.”

“Just because you are soft doesn’t mean you are not a force. Honey and wildfire are both the colour gold.”

~Victoria Erickson

“Just as in the story of the Golden Buddha, sooner or later the chisels of life’s trials pick away at our armor. And this dismantling is wonderful, for there is no greater tragedy than hiding behind something that we are not, living a life that is less than we are. The universe is continuously working to remind us of our identity and our purpose. If we are living a life that is untrue to our soul’s calling, our inner guide will not let us rest until we step back onto our true course.”

~Alan Cohen, Dare to be Yourself

Every breath

“Light the candle of love. Spread the rays of happiness in every direction in every breath.” ~Amit Ray

“Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.” ~Erich Fromm

“Sometimes it’s the same moments that take your breath away that breathe purpose and love back into your life.” ~Steve Maraboli