Monday, November 4, 2013

listening ...

a million little ways ... 

"Art makes it possible for us to remember both the beauty and the horrific, the lovely and the loss.  Art numbs the wound just enough for us to be able to access the sources of it, to reach down into the depths and pull it up to examine."
"The beauty of art is that it separates us enough from our own pain in order to make it safe to approach."
"As important as it is to embrace the gifts you have and the unique ways you can offer hope to others, you also need to recognize and embrace what brings out the hope in you."  [p108]

"We have to pay attention to what grieves us and be willing to be fully human, both in what makes us come alive and in what has the capacity to shut us down." [p117]

"When we resist living within our ordinary days, we are in danger of losing a sense of ourselves.  We don't need to walk away from our routines and daily rhythms to find something more interesting.  More often we need to wake up to them."  [p118]

"What would it take for you to pull your dream out again, to stop taunting it with cruel names, and to simply listen to what it has to say?  No filters.  No back talk.  No eye rolls.  Dare to handle it, to hold it in your hands and consider it with kindness and compassion."  [p120]

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