Jean Shinoda Bolen

Courage is a willingness to act from the heart

Our word "courage" comes form the French word coeur, "heart." Courage is a willingness to act from the heart, to let your heart lead the way, not knowing what will be required of you next, and if you can do it.

~ Jean Shinoda Bolen in GODS IN EVERYMAN

The path with heart is an inner one

The outer path we take is public knowledge, but the path with heart is an inner one. The two come together when who we are that is seen in the world coincides with who we deeply are. As we grow wiser, we become aware that the important forks in the road are usually not about choices that will show up on any public record; they are decisions and struggles to do with choosing love or fear; anger or forgiveness; pride or humility. They are soul-shaping choices.
 

~ from CRONES DON’T WHINE by Jean Shinoda Bolen, thanks to Liz Stewart

Spirits on a human path

We are not humans on a spiritual path. Rather we are spirits on a human path.

~ Jean Shinoda Bolen

Appreciation of beauty is access to the soul

Appreciation of beauty is access to the soul. With beauty in our lives, we walk and carry ourselves more lightly and with a different look in our eyes. To look into the eyes of someone beholding beauty is to look through the windows of the soul. Anytime we catch a glimpse of soul, beauty is there; anytime we catch our breath and feel "How beautiful!" the soul is present.

~ Jean Shinoda Bolen in HANDBOOK FOR THE SOUL
Handbook for the Soul
By Richard Carlson, Benjamin Shield

To respond authentically to what we encounter

To respond authentically to what we encounter: this is how we all reacted as children, before we were punished or shamed for doing so. To respond authentically to what we encounter -- how hard it is for adults to do something that sounds so simple.

To do so, we only have to be inwardly attentive, we only have to know what we feel, we only have to be able to respond with an innocent, spontaneous, instinctive receptivity that is a finely attuned discriminating consciousness, a body and soul reaction to the world around us.

~ from CROSSING TO AVALON by Jean Shinoda Bolen
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