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This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine...

Favorite Quotes

Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings. Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest. The blessing is in the seed. 
Muriel Rukeyser 
It is love, it is light / that guides and forces / the flower / in its difficult path upward. / Light that will flood it suddenly / once, the surface being reached, / it breaks through / and blossoms open fully.
Frederick Leboyer, Loving Hands: The Traditional Art of Baby Massage

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson
There is always a light within us that is free from all sorrow and grief, no matter how much we may be experiencing suffering. 
Patanjali, Yoga Sutra I.36 from Yoga Sutra 
Behold, O monks, this is my last advice to you. All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation.
 Buddha, Buddhist Studies: Buddha Dharma Education Association and BuddhaNet
The idea in our culture of body solely as sculpture is wrong. Body is not marble. That is not its purpose. Its purpose [is] to protect, contain, support, and fire the spirit and soul within it, to be a repository for memory, to fill us with feeling--that is the supreme psychic nourishment. It is to lift us and propel us, to fill us with feeling to prove that we exist, that we are here, to give us grounding, heft, weight...The body is the launcher of those experiences. Without body there would be no sensations of crossing thresholds, there would be no sense of lifting, no sense of height, of weightlessness.
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
Remember this, for it is as true as true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.
Ina May Gaskin, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.
  Charles Bukowski, Factotum
Usually when you're entering your teens you feel that the world is happening to you.  Nothing is in your control, your parents, your schooling, even your friends are doing things, and are things, happening to you.  When you begin to get older, you begin to realize that this is not so.  You are the one in control.  Sometimes it is a gradual process over a long time and sometimes it hits you: Bam!
Paraphrased from Jim Henson 
Grace is that extra bit of help when you think you are really doomed; also, not coincidentally, when you have finally run out of good ideas on how to proceed, and on how better to control the people or circumstances that are frustrating or defeating you. I experience Grace as a cool ribbon of fresh air when I feel spiritually claustrophobic. Sometimes I experience it as water-wings, something holding me up when I am afraid that I'm going down, or the tide is carrying me away. I know that Grace meets us wherever we are, but does not leave us where it found us.
Anne Lamott, Grace Eventually
If you are mesmerized by televised stupidity, and don't get to hear or read stories about your world, you can be fooled into thinking that the world isn't miraculous - and it is. 
Anne Lamott, Grace Eventually
You don't have a soul.  You are a soul.  You have a body.
C.S. Lewis

If you're not laughing, you're not living. 
My Mom