Catholic Wisdom

The real dance is when the soul takes God into its arms and you both fall
onto your knees in gratitude.
— St John of the Cross in Mala of the Heart edited by Ravi Nathwani and Kate Vogt

Jewish Wisdom

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav explained that lifting one's hands above the head has a special influence relating to prayer as "going beyond (and above) the intellect."
— Yitzhak Buxbaum in Jewish Spiritual Practices

Protestant Wisdom

Here's the true secret of life. We mostly do everything over and over. . . . I love ritual and repetition. Without them, I would be a balloon with a slow leak.
— Anne Lamott in Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair

Literary Wisdom

Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.
— Margaret Bonanno, American science fiction writer

Psychological Wisdom

Stories set the inner life into motion.
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Jungian analyst and storyteller

Native American Wisdom

Keep the circle strong.
— Chant, Micmac First Nations people

Cultural Criticism

Everything has its own voice. Somehow we have become autistic. We don't hear the voices.
— Thomas Berry in Listening to the Land by Derrick Jensen

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