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By Anonym 13 Sep

Christina Baldwin

How we remember, what we remember, and why we remember form the most personal map of our individuality.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Spiritual life is contractual. The sacred cannot dialogue with the unresponsive.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

The spiritual journey is what the soul is up to while we attend to daily living.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

We make our lives bigger or smaller, more expansive or more limited, according to the interpretation of life that is our story.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

We are living in a renaissance of personal writing. People are rebalancing the impersonalization endemic to modern society with an increase in personal introspection. We have enough common psychology under our belts to know that psychology doesn't explain or heal everything and that it isn't the fulfillment of awareness, but its beginning. We are undergoing a shift in paradigms in which we are trying to develop new models for humanness and human responsibility. This is no small task. Our individual lives are placed under increasing pressure to respond adequately to both inner and outer change.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

The reason I spend thousands of lifetime hours creating something 99 percent of which no one else is likely to ever read is that writing itself is the gift.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Contact with the sacred occurs in the stillness of the heart and mind. If there is any real destination to the spiritual quest, it is this point of silence, the middle of the spiral, the center of the self. ... The only map that does the spiritual traveler any good is one that leads to the center.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Forgiveness is the act of admitting we are like other people. We are prone to make mistakes that cause confusion, inflict pain, and miscommunicate our intentions ... The only choice we have is to reconcile ourselves to our own flaws and the flaws of other people, or withdraw from the community.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Creatures of a very particular making, we need to know the cultural blinders that narrow our world view as well as the psychological blinders that narrow our view of our personal experience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Friendship has no civil, and few emotional, rights in our society.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Spiritual energy brings compassion into the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Spiritual life is contractual.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

We live in story like a fish lives in water. We swim through words and images siphoning story through our minds the way a fish siphons water through its gills. We cannot think without language, we cannot process experience without story.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Story is the mother of us all. First we wrap our lives in language and then we act on who we say we are. We proceed from the word into the world and make a world based on our stories.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

When you’re stuck in a spiral, to change all aspects of the spin you need only to change one thing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

When you choose to write using yourself as the source of the story, you are choosing to confront all the silences in which your story has been protectively wrapped. Your job as a writer is to respectfully, determinedly, free the story from the silences and free yourself from both.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Ritual consists of the external practices of spirituality that help us become more receptive and aware of the closeness of our lives to the sacred. Ritual is the act of sanctifying action - even ordinary action - so that it has meaning. I can light a candle because I need the light or because the candle represents the light I need.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Most of us have developed a fairly extensive vocabulary for describing pain, as though the journal were a doctor requiring much detail to make the correct diagnosis. The roundness of the spiritual journey cannot be expressed without developing an equally extensive vocabulary for talking to ourselves and others about the nature of wonder, joy, ecstasy, love, transfiguration.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Millions of people are joined in the knowledge that writing brings insight and calm in the same way that prayer, meditation, or a long walk in the woods does. They have discovered that writing allows the racing mind to move at the pace of pen and paper or the pace of typing on the waiting screen - that journal writing is a spiritual practice.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christina Baldwin

In the midst of overwhelming noise and distraction, the voice of story is calling us to remember our true selves.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

We need a revolution in the West: not violent overthrow, but a willingness to take responsibility for the course of history being set forth in our names. We need a revolution determined to activate broad, inclusive social change.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

We cannot think without language, we cannot process experience without story.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Intuition always has our best interest at heart.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Spirituality is the sacred center out of which all life comes, including Mondays and Tuesdays and rainy Saturday afternoons in all their mundane and glorious detail....The spiritual journey is the soul's life commingling with ordinary life.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Christina Baldwin

The ordinary stories of our ordinary lives have extraordinary gifts coded within them. . .

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Spiritual empowerment is evidenced in our lives by our willingness to tell ourselves the truth, to listen to the truth when it's told to us, and to dispense truth as lovingly as possible, when we feel compelled to talk from the heart.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

This unceasing interplay between experience and narrative is a uniquely human attribute. We are the storytellers, the ones who put life into words.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

As long as we share our stories, as long as our stories reveal our strengths and vulnerabilities to each other, we reinvigorte our understanding and tolerance for the little quirks of personality that in other circumstances would drive us apart. When we live in a family, a community, a country where we know each other's true stories, we remember our capacity to lean in and love each other into wholeness. I have read the story of a tribe in southern Africa called the Babemba in which a person doing something wrong, something that destroys this delicate social net, brings all work in the village to a halt. The people gather around the "offender," and one by one they begin to recite everything he has done right in his life: every good deed, thoughtful behavior, act of social responsibility. These things have to be true about the person, and spoken honestly, but the time-honored consequence of misbehavior is to appreciate that person back into the better part of himself. The person is given the chance to remember who he is and why he is important to the life of the village. I want to live under such a practice of compassion. When I forget my place, when I lash out with some private wounding in a public way, I want to be remembered back into alignment with my self and my purpose. I want to live with the opportunity for reconciliation. When someone around me is thoughtless or cruel, I want to be given the chance to respond with a ritual that creates the possibility of reconnection. I want to live in a neighborhood where people don't shoot first, don't sue first, where people are Storycatchers willing to discover in strangers the mirror of themselves.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Writing bridges the inner and outer worlds and connects the paths of action and reflection.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

My journal is my life's companion.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Our desires teach us who we are and who we want to become. Our desires shape our stories.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Curiosity restores is a state of heightened awareness. Culturally, this has been considered a child's activity. By the time we're grown, we're supposed to know enough not to get bogged down in life's miraculous detail. But the spiritual journey reactivates our sense of miracle and invites us to pause again, squatting over the sidewalk cracks, to ponder the lives of ants and stars.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Every person is born into life as a blank page and every person leaves life as a full book.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

With compassion, we see benevolently our own human condition and the condition of our fellow beings. We drop prejudice. We withhold judgment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

My real journey had very little to do with traveling Europe, and a whole lot to do with traveling my own mind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Words are how we think; stories are how we link.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Perhaps we wouldn't eat so much, or smoke, or drink so much if we were paying attention to ourselves. Perhaps we wouldn't talk so much if we were paying attention to each other. All these oral activities are trying to meet a need, and perhaps the greatest need is to be seen and heard.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christina Baldwin

in writing we live life twice: once in the experience, and again in recording and reflecting upon our experience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Forgiveness is the act of admitting we are like other people.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Ritual is the way you carry the presence of the sacred. Ritual is the spark that must not go out.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

The purpose of life is not to maintain personal comfort; it's to grow the soul.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Meaning drives us from despair to wonder, from confusion to clarity, from hesitance to confidence. And the only place to find meaning is in the importance of small things.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Wonder is not a Pollyanna stance, not a denial of reality; wonder is an acknowledgement of the power of the mind to transform, to notice, to decide what experience shall mean.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Christina Baldwin

History is what scholars and conquerors say happened; story is what it was like to live on the ground.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

To work in the world lovingly means that we are defining what we will be for, rather than reacting to what we are against.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Wonder and despair are two sides of a spinning coin. When you open yourself to one, you open yourself to the other. You discover a capacity for joy that wasn't in you before. Wonder is the promise of restoration: as deeply as you dive, so may you rise.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Christina Baldwin

Writing makes a map, and there is something about a journey that begs to have its passage marked.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Christina Baldwin

When story and behavior are consistent, we relax; when story and behavior are inconsistent, we get tense. We have a deep psychological need for our stories and behaviors to be consistent. We need to be able to trust the story, because it's the lens through which we see reality. We will go to great lengths in the attempt to make a story that explains an action and supports or restores consistency. If we cannot make story and action fit, we either have to make a new story or change the action. ... [But] The drive for consistency and the ability to redefine abhorrent action so it fits the story are very complex issues. We have a huge ability to continue believing stories we are told are true in order to stay comfortable with actions we don't want to change, or don't feel capable of changing.