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“Wisdom is not gained by knowing what is right. Wisdom is gained by practicing what is right, and noticing what happens when that practice succeeds and when it fails. Wise people do not have to be certain what they believe before they act. They are free to act, trusting that the practice itself will teach them what they need to know… Wisdom atrophies if it is not walked on a regular basis.” Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World

“Why am I afraid to dance, I who love music and rhythm and grace and song and laughter? Why am I afraid to live, I who love life and the beauty of flesh and the living colors of the earth and sky and sea? Why am I afraid to love, I who love love?” -Eugene O’Neill

“Which sexuality am I to write about? Shall I write about the lightness of the darkness, about cool summer nights; long, flowing negligees; roses; fine wine; and Shakespearean sonnets, or about dark, hot nights; foreign drumbeats; the pleasures inherent in certain kinds of pain; and the haunting evocativeness of little black leather things? Shall I write about “good sex” or “bad sex,” I wonder. IN struggling with this I remind myself that “good sex” isn’t always so good, and “bad sex” is often much better. But then again, who among u would proceed entirely without those red wines and sonnets?”-Jody Messler Davies, Ph.D. “The times we sizzle, and the times we sigh: The multiple erotics of arousal, anticipation, and release”

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” – Henri Nouwen.

“I am a huge advocate of grief. I am a huge advocate of tears. Tears are our own personal baptism, pouring over us to water seeds in the dirt at our feet we didn’t even know were there.” -Anne Lamott

“Happiness exists in action, it exists in telling the truth and what your truth is, and it exists in giving away what you want the most.” – Eve Ensler from this magical video from TED Talks

“We are what our brothers are. We and they stand and fall together. If they are contemptible so are we. If we are struggling after higher things so are they. One fate; one flesh and blood; one story; one strife; one glory – this is the underlying secret of humanity.” – Alan Jones, Soul making: The desert way of spirituality

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