Category Archives for "Quotes"

Self-Acceptance – Everything Else Falls in Line

A practice essential to emotional intelligence is self-acceptance. Becoming aware, allowing, and being with every emotion we feel – dreadful or delightful – as contributing to who we are, how we experience ourselves, and how others experience us.  [see posts Becoming Fluent with Your Emotions,  Managing Emotions, Not Flooding, When Emotions from the Past Trip […]

Never let your emotions rule, but always let them testify.

[more thoughts on emotional intelligence…] Never let your emotions rule, but always let them testify. – Robert Brault Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it. – Vincent Van Gogh The feeling is often the deeper truth, the opinion the more superficial […]

Breathing In, I Am Calm

[Rounding out the weekly quotes related to somatic intelligence to recover our range of resilience, circling back to the power of the breath to bring us fully alive while soothing and stabilizing the body-brain-mind.] Breathing in, I calm body and mind.  Breathing out, I smile.  Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the […]

In Movement There is Life

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional and mental states. – Carol Welch Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.  If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed.  Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully […]

To Touch Is to Give Life

To touch is to give life. – Michelangelo Everybody needs a hug.  It changes your metabolism. – Leo Buscaglia We need four hugs a day for survival.  We need eight hugs a day for maintenance.  We need twelve hugs a day for growth. – Virginia Satir Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, […]

Wise Perspectives on Changing Perspective

Wise Perspectives on Changing Perspective

[On my way to something else, I came upon many quotes from William James (1842-1910), considered the father of American psychology.  So fitting with the themes of recent posts, the power/necessity of changing our perceptions of an event to change our response to it.  May you be inspired.] The greatest revolution of our generation is […]

Learning and Growing from Mistakes and Failures

Learning and Growing from Mistakes and Failures

Honoring the wisdom of taking risks, learning from our mistakes and failures, strengthening our resilience… Yes, risk-taking is inherently failure-prone.  Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing-taking. – Tim McMahon He who never made a mistake never made a discovery. – Samuel Smiles Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom. – Phyllis Theroux Never […]

The Power of Habit – and Changing Habits When We Need To

The Power of Habit - and Changing Habits When We Need To

In becoming more skillful in meeting the disappointments, difficulties, and even disasters of our lives more resiliently, we want to use our brain’s neuroplasticity to rewire old patterns of response that no longer work so well, and learn new skills that become new habits – practices our brain automatically goes to without having to consciously […]

Learning How the Brain Learns…to Be More Resilient

Learning How the Brain Learns…to Be More Resilient

The focus of the February 2018 posts will be the actual brain processes that allow us to learn more reliable habits of resilience.  To begin, here are selected quotes about neuroplasticity, the remarkable capacity of our brains to grow new neural structure and create new behavior patterns – lifelong – through the experiences we choose […]

Making Responsible Choices

Making Responsible Choices

[Resilience requires choosing to respond this way or that way to whatever is challenging or distressing us.  May these quotes inspire and guide you in choosing to choose and in making responsible choices. Life’s real name is Choices. – Terri Guillemets The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. – […]

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