Recently Enjoyed Quotes: Spring 2017

From books, articles, podcasts, social media, and more, here are some recently enjoyed quotes:

Five Things to Do Before You Get out of Bed:
1. Express gratitude
2. Set your intentions for the day
3. Take 5 long deep breaths in and out
4. Smile for no reason just to flex the muscle
5. Forgive yourself for yesterday’s mistakes
— Tiny Devotions via Instagram (not exactly a quote, I know)

One of my teachers, Martha Beck, taught me that the secret to life is to rest until you feel like playing, then to play until you feel like resting.
— Mary Beth LaRue via Instagram

If you are willing to look at another person’s behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with themselves rather than a statement about your value as a person, then you will, over a period of time, cease to react at all.
— Yogi Bhajan

As each breath goes out, let it be the end of that moment and the beginning of something new.
— Pema Chodron

You know the truth by the way it feels.
— Katie Silcox via Instagram

Probably the hardest thing in the world for a man is the simple observation and acceptance of what is. Always we warp our pictures with what we hoped, expected, or were afraid of. In Russia we saw many things that did not agree with what we had expected, and for this reason it is very good to have photographs, because a camera has no preconceptions, it simply sets down what it sees.
— John Steinbeck, A Russian Journal

Nothing goes away on its own. You deal with it, or it deals with you.
— Jonathan Safran Foer, Here I am

Any talent that you have that you do not use becomes a burden.
— Elizabeth Gilbert

So we consume and consume but it never works, because you can never get enough of what you don’t need.
— Glennon Doyle Melton, Love Warrior

Self-betrayal is allowing fear to overrule the still, small voice of truth.
— Glennon Doyle Melton, Love Warrior

If I am not active, if I’m not participating in social change, then I know that I am separating myself from humanity —and that is not yoga.
— Seane Corn

When we connect to our vulnerability, we get out of our heads and we drop into our hearts.
— Seane Corn

So now, I ask you, what is your prayer for our country?” Winfrey continued. “It’s hope,” Michelle Obama replied. “My desire for this country is that we remain hopeful and that we find a place in our hearts to love each other. It’s really simple — just opening up our hearts to others, making room.
— Michelle Obama's final interview as First Lady with Oprah Winfrey