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By Anonym 19 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

We burn out not because we don't care but because we don't grieve. We burn out because we have allowed our hearts to become so filled with loss that we have no room left to care.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

I think that people get experiences, and out of those experiences come meaning and ideas. It's like watching a rose bush grow.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Life is as complex as we are. Sometimes our vulnerability is our strength, our fear develops our courage, and our woundedness is the road to our integrity. It is not an either/or world.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Facts bring us to knowledge, but stories lead to wisdom.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

The spiritual is inclusive. It is the deepest sense of belonging and participation.We all participate in the spiritual at all times, whether we know it or not.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

A woman once told me that she did not feel the need to reach out to those around her because she prayed every day. Surely, this was enough. But a prayer is about our relationship to God; a blessing is about our relationship to the spark of God in one another. God may not need our attention as badly as the person next to us on the bus or behind us in line in the supermarket. Everyone in the world matters, and so do their blessings. When we bless others, we offer them refuge from an indifferent world.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Those who wish to change things may face disappointment, loss, or even ridicule. If you are ahead of your time, people laugh as often as they applaud, and being there first is usually lonely. But our protection cannot come between us and our purpose. Right protection is something within us rather than something between us and the world, more about finding a place of refuge and strength than finding a hiding place.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

We may need to let go of our beliefs and ideas about life in order to have life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

As I age I am grateful to find that a silence has begun to gather in me, coexisting with my tempers and my fears, unchanged by my joys or my pain. Sanctuary. Connected to the Silence everywhere.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

How strange to think that great pain may be impermanent. Something in us all seems to want to carve it in granite, as if only this would do full honor to its terrible significance. But even pain is blessed with impermanence... p 259

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Our purpose in life is to grow in wisdom and in love.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Anger is just a demand for change, a passionate wish for things to be different.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

The way towards freedom from a situation often lies in acceptance of the situation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Being safe is about being seen and heard and allowed to be who you are and to speak your truth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

I have even learned to respond to someone crying by just listening. In the old days I used to reach for the tissues, until I realized that passing a person a tissue may be just another way to shut them down, to take them out of their experience of sadness and grief. Now I just listen. When they have cried all they need to cry, they find me there with them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

From a good teacher you may learn the secret of listening. You will never learn the secret of life. You will have to listen for yourself

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Our limitations serve, our wounds serve, even our darkness can serve.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

I suspect that the most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention And especially if it's given from the heart. When people are talking, there's no need to do anything but receive them. Just take them in. Listen to what they're saying. Care about it. Most times caring about it is even more important than understanding it. Most of us don't value ourselves or our love enough to know this.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Unexplained pain may sometimes direct our attention to something unacknowledged, something we are afraid to know or feel. Then it holds us to our integrity, claiming the attention we withhold. The thing which calls our attention may be a repressed experience or some unexpressed and important part of who we are. Whatever we have denied may stop us and dam the creative flow of our lives. Avoiding pain, we may linger in the vicinity of our wounds, sometime for many years, gathering the courage to experience them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Most people have come to prefer certain of lifes experiences and deny and reject others, unaware of the value of the hidden things that may come wrapped in plain and even ugly paper. In avoiding all pain and seeking comfort at all costs, we may be left without intimacy or compassion; in rejecting change and risk we often cheat ourselves of the quest; in denying our suffering we may never know our strength or our greatness

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

A loving silence often has more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

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By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Wounding and healing are not opposites. They're part of the same thing. It is our wounds that enable us to be compassionate with the wounds of others. It is our limitations that make us kind to the limitations of other people. It is our loneliness that helps us to to find other people or to even know they're alone with an illness. I think I have served people perfectly with parts of myself I used to be ashamed of.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Medicine is as close to love as it is to science, and its relationships matter even at the edge of life itself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Freedom is as frightening now as it was thousands of years ago. It will always require a willingness to sacrifice what is most familiar for what is most true. To be free we may need to act from integrity, on trust, sometimes for a very long time. Few of us will reach our promised land in a day. But perhaps the most important part of the story is that God does not delegate this task. Whenever anyone moves toward freedom, God Himself is there.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Our listening creates a sanctuary for the homeless parts within another person.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Life wastes nothing. Over and over again every molecule that has ever been is gathered up by the hand of life to be reshaped into yet another form. p 259

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

To seek approval is to have no resting place, no sanctuary. Like all judgement, approval encourages a constant striving. It makes us uncertain of who we are and of our true value. Approval cannot be trusted. It can be withdrawn at any time no matter what our track record has been. It is as nourishing of real growth as cotton candy. Yet many of us spend our lives pursuing it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

The willingness to consider possibility requires a tolerance of uncertainty.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

When people are blessed they discover that their lives matter, that there is something in them worthy of blessing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Ours is not a culture that respects the sick, the old or the vulnerable. We strive for independence, competence, and mastery. In embracing such 'frontier' values, we may become intolerant of human wholeness, contemptuous of anything in ourselves, and in others, that has needs or is capable of suffering. The denial of a vulnerability is the ultimate barrier to compassion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

We are, in a certain way, defined as much by our potential as by its expression. There is a great difference between an acorn and a little bit of wood carved into an acorn shape, a difference not always readily apparent to the naked eye. The difference is there even if the acorn never has the opportunity to plant itself and become an oak. Remembering its potential changes the way in which we think of the acorn and react to it. How we value it. If an acorn were conscious, knowing its potential would change the way that it might think and feel about itself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

In this culture the soul and the heart too often go homeless. Listening creates a holy silence. When you listen generously to people, they can hear the truth in themselves, often for the first time. And in the silence of listening, you can know yourself in everyone. Eventually you may be able to hear, in everyone and beyond everyone, the unseen singing softly to itself and to you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

I have no idea about what death is, but because I have been in association with it so intimately, I have a much greater sense of the value of life and of what life can be.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Perhaps real wisdom lies in not seeking answers at all. Any answer we find will not be true for long. An answer is a place where we can fall asleep as life moves past us to its next question. After all these years I have begun to wonder if the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

It is said that the Christian mystic Theresa of Avila found difficulty at first in reconciling the vastness of the life of the spirit with the mundane tasks of her Carmelite convent: the washing of pots, the sweeping of floors, the folding of laundry. At some point of grace, the mundane became for her a sort of prayer, a way she could experience her ever-present connection to the divine pattern which is the source of life. She began then to see the face of God in the folded sheets.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

People have the natural capacity to affirm and embrace life in the most difficult of circumstances.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

The best stories have many meanings; their meaning changes as our capacity to understand and appreciate meaning grows.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Those who bless and serve life find a place of belonging and strength, a refuge.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

God's presence. . . is an inner experience that never changes. It's a relationship that's there all the time, even when we're not paying attention to it. Perhaps the Infinite holds us to Itself in the same way the earth does. Like gravity, if it ever stopped we would know it instantly. But it never does.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

We are all born to be a blessing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Cancer changes your whole life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

The sacred lives beyond labels and judgment, in the wood-of-no-names.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Mystery has great power. In the many years I have worked with people with cancer, I have seen Mystery comfort people when nothing else can comfort them and offer hope when nothing else offers hope. I have seen Mystery heal fear that is otherwise unhealable. For years I have watched people in their confrontation with the unknown recover awe, wonder, joy, and aliveness. They have remembered that life is holy, and they have reminded me as well. In losing our sense of Mystery, we have become a nation of burned-out people. People who wonder do not burn out.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

When you listen generously to people they can hear the truth in themselves, often for the first time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

When we pray, we don't change the world, we change ourselves.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

I spent the first forty years of my life making major interventions into other people's lives, and I have an idea of the limitations of that method. I see a major event as rather like major surgery. It is a moment, but whether people use it, whether people go with it, needs to be seen.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

It has been my experience that presence is a more powerful catalyst for change than analysis.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Rachel Naomi Remen

Life is known only by those who have found a way to be comfortable with change and the unknown. Given the nature of life, there may be no security, but only adventure.