Zen Wisdom

Zen people often talk about "accepting the moment as it is." That's okay, but what we like even better is "caring for the moment" with the same lavish tenderness you'd bestow on a newborn.
— Perle Besserman and Manfred Steger in Grassroots Zen

Catholic Wisdom

God has intended us for happiness with greater love than can be imagined.
— Mechtild of Magdeburg, Christian medieval mystic

Teacher Wisdom

It is our beliefs about death that scare us to death.
— Byron Katie in Question Your Thinking, Change the World

Quaker Wisdom

The best definition I've ever heard for forgiveness is giving up the right to hurt someone for the hurt they've done to you.
— Joyce Sams in Plain Living by Catherine Whitmire

Literary Wisdom

Taking new steps, uttering a new word is what people fear most.
— Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russian novelist

Breath Prayer

Breathing in: Make an altar
Breathing out: of my ears.
— based on a quote from W. A. Mathieu in The Musical Life


How can I remain nonviolent in a violent world and deal intelligently with anger?
— Lama Surya Das in The Big Questions

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