Inspire-ME Monday #3: Eight Gems

This is the first week I chose quotes without a theme in mind - and the quotes reflect this to some degree - but as I read over them I hear whispers of an underlying theme....relationships, interactions with others, communication. I hope these eight gems will help you move in the direction of more awareness, more understanding, and more compassion (for yourself as well as others).

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"May I know what it is to feel the weight on another's shoulders. May I know forgiveness in my heart. May I be given strength to extend my hand across the divide to pull another from the abyss, though that person has wounded me." --Maisie Dobbs, quoting her teacher Maurice in "Journey to Munich" by Jacqueline Winspear

"Dogen-zenji said, 'When you say something to someone, he may not accept it, but do not try to make him understand it intellectually. Do not argue with him; just listen to his objections until he himself finds something wrong with them.'” --Shunryu Suzuki

"The core of authenticity is the courage to be imperfect, vulnerable and to set boundaries." --Brené Brown

"...[T]he gasoline in the vehicle of ego is fear." --Judith Lief in Lion's Roar magazine

"Walk away from 'friendships' that make you feel small and insecure, and seek out people who inspire and support you." --Michelle Obama

"TRUST YOUR EQUIPMENT. (In other words, trust your body, trust what you FEEL in your body.)" --Cat Saunders, PhD

"Being aware of our feelings is at the core of it all. Learning to name our feelings, learning to nurture where we are for ourselves, and taking a step back before reacting to others may create ripple effects. I’d like to trust that if we each practice it in our own lives, truly practice it, and show up authentically for others, it could make a difference." --Elisa Balabram in this blog post

"Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. " --Henry Ward Beecher

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