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Solitude silences the loud voices within us

When I fail to embrace the solitude of God's peace, I get caught up in the world's downward spiral of violence and turmoil...Solitude plucks us out of the world's frenzy and centers us in nonviolence. Solitude silences the loud voices within us to allow the still, small voice of God to speak. Solitude gives God the time and space to disarm our inner wars and gives us the strength to receive God's gift of peace, and to learn to be at peace with ourselves and those around us.

~ from LIVING PEACE by John Dear

What if we asked ourselves every night

What if we asked ourselves every night:
"How does what I did today nurture life?"
~ Carol Christ

Compassion is a kind of fire

Compassion is a kind of fire—it disturbs, it surprises, it ignites, it burns, it sears, and it warms. Compassion incinerates denial; it especially warms and melts cold hearts, cold structures, frozen minds, and self-satisfied lifestyles. Those touched by compassion have their lives turned upside down.

~ Matthew Fox

Embracing fear

The process of transforming fear isn't pretending that we have no fear, but embracing fear as a tool for learning and growth.

~ Kay Gilley in THE ALCHEMY OF FEAR

Those who are willing to be vulnerable

Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among the mysteries.
~ Theodore Roethke

What is this darkness?

What is this darkness? What is its name? Call it: an aptitude for sensitivity. Call it: a rich sensitivity which will make you whole. Call it: your potential for vulnerability.

~ Meister Eckhart

We learn to accept what is

We can never know what strengths and revelations might be on the other side of our fears until we face them and feel them all the way through. True positive thinking is the mental stance of surrender, simply trusting the process. We learn to accept what is.

~ from AWAKENING IN TIME by Jacqueline Small

Be not afraid

If you pass through raging waters
in the sea, you shall not drown.
If you walk amid the burning flames, you shall not be harmed.
If you stand before the pow'r of hell and death is at your side,
know that I am with you through it all.

Be not afraid,
I go before you always.
Come follow me, and
I will give you rest.

~ lyrics from "Be Not Afraid" by John Michael Talbot

I will not die an unlived life

I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise.

~ Dawna Markova

We become fearful of one another

We become fearful of one another when our loving nature is blocked. Ignorance is at the root of all bigotry and injustice.

~ Kevin Ryerson in SPIRIT COMMUNICATION
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