Potent Quote

“Realistically, I knew that no one had the power to make me feel anything, except me and my brain. Nothing external had the power to take away my peace of heart and mind. That was completely up to me. I may not be in control of what happens to my life, but I certainly was in charge of how I choose to perceive my experience.”
From “My Stroke of Insight,” by Jill Bolte Taylor

Advertisements

Potent Quotes

“Stones are very slow stories with secret memories of fire inside. If you just put a stone on a table it becomes an altar, and a temple appears around it.”
John Tarrant

Potent Quote

“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You do not lose your value or preciousness when you grow to be a adult. You are still that miraculous creation. You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.”

Pablo Casals

Potent Quote

“We are all in such pain, trying to do the right thing, trying not to ask the wrong questions, trying to pretend everything is okay. If we need anything in this world it is honest seeing and speaking, and the ability to be with the actual truth (including flawed bodies, and flawed responses). That, to me, is love, and the actual heart of what meditative living is all about: realizing what actually is instead of being caught up and entranced by what we think would be better. Imperfection is the essence of being organic and alive. Organic life is vulnerable, it inevitably ends in disintegration. This is part of its beauty. True meditation delves into this mystery of life and death, discovering (not intellectually but experientially) how porous and momentary everything is.”
From “Imperfection is a beautiful thing: On Disability and Meditation,” by Joan Tollifson

Potent Quote

“Poets, like detectives, know the truth is laborious: it doesn’t occur by accident, rather it is chiseled and worked into being, the product of time and distance and graft. The poet must be open to the possibility that she has to go a long way before a word rises, or a sentence holds, or a rhythm opens, and even then nothing is assured, not even the words that have staked their original claim or meaning. Sometimes it happens at the most unexpected moment, and the poet has to enter the mystery, rebuild the poem from there.”

From “Thirteen Ways of Looking” by Colum McCann

Potent Quote

“I have known I have multiple sclerosis for 16 years now, although the disease probably started long before. The hypothesis is that the disease process, in which the protective covering of the nerves in the brain and spinal cord is eaten away and replaced with scar tissue, “hard patches,” is caused by an autoimmune reaction to a slow acting virus. Research suggests that I was infected by this virus, which no one has ever seen and which therefore, technically, doesn’t even “exist,” between the ages of four and 15. In effect, living with this mysterious mechanism feels like having your present self, and the past selves it embodies, haunted by a capricious and mean-spirited ghost, unseen except for its footprints, which trips you when you’re watching where you’re going, knocks glassware out of your hand, squeezes the urine out of your bladder before you reach the bathroom, and weights your whole body with a weariness no amount of rest can relieve. An alien invader must be at work. But of course it’s not. It’s your own body. That is, it’s you.”

From Carnal Acts, by Nancy Mairs