Joanna Macy

Opening us up

When we hear the sounds of the Earth crying within us, we're unblocking the channels of felt connectedness that join us to the world. These channels act like a system, opening us up to a source of strength and resilience.

The heart that breaks open

The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.
~ Joanna Macy

Fully present to what is happening in the world

The most radical thing any of us can do at this time is to be fully present to what is happening in the world.
~ Joanna Macy

Active hope

Active hope is a practice...It is something we do rather than have. Since active hope doesn't require our optimism, we can apply it even in areas where we feel hopeless. The guiding impetus is intention; we choose what we aim to bring about, act for, or express.
~ Joanna Macy in ACTIVE HOPE

Gratitude is the hallmark of the mystic

Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art….It is a privilege to be alive in this time when we can choose to take part in the self-healing of our world.

~ Joanna Macy

Compassion literally means to feel with

Compassion literally means to feel with, to suffer with. Everyone is capable of compassion, and yet everyone tends to avoid it because it's uncomfortable. And the avoidance produces psychic numbing -- resistance to experiencing our pain for the world and other beings.

~ by Joanna Macy, quoted in OPEN MIND by Diane Mariechild
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