Thought Pondering



“Being a human being – in the sense of being born to the human species – must be defined also in terms of becoming a human being. A baby is only potentially a human being, and must grow into humanness in the society and the culture, the family.”
~ Abraham Maslow

“The globe of soul fruit we make is each elaborately unique.”
~ Rumi

“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”
~ Buddha

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.”
~ Rumi

“Responsibility is not only the ability to respond to what comes towards us, it is also the capacity to stand behind our actions and be responsible for all that we do or don’t do.”
~ Angeles Arrien, PH.D

“One of the things little children do first is to sing and chant to themselves. People spontaneously sing out of themselves – a different use of voice. By ‘song’ we don’t have to limit ourselves to the idea of lyric and melody, but should understand it as he voice as voice, which is the Sanskrit goddess VAK – goddess of speech, music, language, and intelligence. Voice itself is a manifestation of our inner being.”
~ Gary Snyder

” Man is not a being who stands still, he is a being in the process of becoming.The more he enables himself to become, the more he fulfils his true mission.”
~ Rudolph Steiner

“To honor and accept one’s own shadow is a profound religious discipline. It is whole-making and thus holy and the most important experience of a lifetime.”
~ Robert A. Johnson

“Because those who do not know how to weep do to know how to laugh either.”
~ Golda Meir

“The intelligent man is always open to new ideas. In fact, he looks for them.”
~ Proverbs 18: 15

“Elders are not ‘senior citizens’ . . . They are wisdom-keepers who have an ongoing responsibility for maintaining society’s well-being and safeguarding the health of our ailing planet earth.”
~ Zalman Schacter Shalomi, rabbi, and Ronald S. Miller, writer


Green Heart

“True mastery can be gained by letting things go their own way. It can’t be gained by interfering.”
~ Lao Tzu

“We have entered the cell, the mansion of our birth, and have started the inventory of acquired wealth.”
~ Albert Claude

“It is not the event that is important, it is the response to the event that is everything.”
~ I-Ching

“Help us to be the always hopeful gardeners of the spirit who knows that without darkness nothing comes to birth, as without light, nothing flowers.”
~ May Sarton

“Earth and heaven are in us.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Step out of the circle of time and into the circle of Love.”
~ Rumi

“What a man thinks, that he becomes.”
~ Upanishad

“Let people realize clearly that everytime they threaten someone or humiliate or unnecessarily hurt or dominate or reject another human being, they become forces for the creation of psychopathology, even if these be small forces. Let them recognize that every person who is kind, helpful, decent, psychologically democratic, affectionate, and warm, is a psychotherapeutic force, even though a small one.”
~ Abraham Maslow

Environment / Community

Brilliant Light

“Viewed from the distance of the moon, the astonishing thing about the earth, catching the breath, is that it is alive.”
~ Thomas Lewis

“Take care of the elders, for they have come a long way,
Take care of the children, for they have a long way to go,
And take care of those in between, for they are doing the work.”
~ African Prayer

“The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Out beyond all feelings of right-doing and wrong-doing there’s a field. I’ll meet you there.”
~ Rumi

Humans gather together and learn the meaning of the universe, our cosmology.”
~ Brian Swimme

“What we observe is not nature itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning.”
~ Heisenberg

“The first act of a newborn child – drinking from the mother’s breast – is co-operation, and is as pleasant for the mother as for the child… We probably owe to the sense of maternal contact the largest part of human social feeling, and along with it the essential continuance of human civilization.”
~ Alfred Adler

“Generally speaking, all of life which the parents could have lived, but of which they thwarted themselves for artificial motives, is passed on to the children in substitute form . . . The children are driven unconsciously in a direction that is intended to compensate for everything that was left unfulfilled in the lives of the parents.”
~ C.G.Jung

“You have yet to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story.”
~ de Mello

“It’s all a question of story. We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story. We are in between stories. The old story, the account of how we fit into it, is no longer effective. Yet we have not learned the new story.”
~ Thomas Berry

“The psyche is not of today; its ancestry goes back many millions of years. Individual consciousness is only the flower and the fruit of a season.”
~ C.G.Jung

Nursing / Healing

Open Hands

“. . . could this
as most things do
be offering
something for
us to
think about
~ Mary Oliver

“It is better to prevent than to cure.”
~ Peruvian proverb

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, and compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and in thoughts, you return to the source of being.”
~ Lao Tzu

“The function of art is to reveal this radiance.”
~ Joseph Campbell

“Write the wrong things that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble. Let go of all emotion such as resentment and retaliation, which diminish you, and hold onto the emotions, such as gratitude and joy, which increase you.”
~ Arabic proverb

“The inner life that Jung described is the secret life we all lead, by day and night, in constant companionship with our unseen, unconscious, inner selves. When human life is in balance, the conscious mind and the unconscious live in relationship. There is a constant flow of energy and information between the two levels as they meet in the dimension of dream, vision, ritual, and imagination.”
~ Robert A. Johnson

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