Category Archives for "Quotes"

Mother’s Day – Mothering

God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers. – Jewish proverb * * * * * When one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track […]

Take a Break – Relax and Play

5-8-17 Weekly Quotes – Take a Break – Relax and Play Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, not solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. – Maya Angelou * * * * * There is virtue in work […]

Judy Collins treated her depression

Even in the busiest of lives, a few precious moments of meditation can have a profound and lasting effect. Take some time for yourself today, and ponder the wisdom of the ages about meditation.) You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day, unless you are too busy – then you should sit for […]

Good for the Heart, Good for the Brain

(In collecting these quotes about exercise, to resonate with last week’s post about Exercise Makes You Smarter, I was struck by how much this wisdom is ancient wisdom, neuroscience validating what people have known for centuries.) The truth is, that the craving for exercise is part of healthy human nature. – E. Warre, 1884 * * […]

Novelty, Curiosity, Experimentation, Learning

(In the spirit of last week’s post on “New and Novel Experiences Promote Brain Health,” these quotes honoring novelty, curiosity, experimentation, as pathways to learning.) I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. – Eleanor Roosevelt […]

Adversity and Resilience

(A timely follow-up to the March 2017 Resources for Recovering Resilience series on Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth.) The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them. – Bernard M. Baruch * * * * * There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. – Michel de Montaigne * * * […]

Re-framing toward Positive Meaning for Post-Traumatic Growth

Today is the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, the earth exquisitely poised between equal hours of darkness and light.  The season will tip into longer days and warmer days, bringing the benevolent re-leafing of trees and the sweet blossoming of flowers.  And the re-awakening of hope, renewal, and optimism in the human spirit – […]

Ah, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort

(These words of wisdom from 19th century British novelist Dinah Craik express the compassionate companionship explored in last week’s post on resourcing with people as a key factor supporting post-traumatic growth.  May you experience such support in any of your own recovering resilience.) Ah, the comfort, The inexpressible comfort Of feeling safe with a person. […]

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

(If we’ve ever had a paragon of a phoenix rising from the ashes into post-traumatic growth, it was the beloved African-American poet Maya Angelou.  If you have a chance to watch the PBS special Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, please do, it’s a magnificent portrayal of Dr. Angelou’s courage, strength, and deep humanity, with interviews […]

Morning Report On My Immigrant Clothing

(Doug von Koss is a wonderful San Francisco Bay Area poet, and a more than awesome human being. I met him years ago at a poetry workshop where I learned to read a poem every morning along with eating my breakfast cereal – nourishing soul and body. Here’s his latest commentary on the state of our […]

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