If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

A Month of Presence

I made little quote notebooks for family and friends this year.This is the letter I enclosed with each book:

I really like quotes, but often wonder what others’ words mean for me. Here are some ways I attempt to satisfy my curiosity.

1. Read one in the morning as a morning meditation.

2. Consider connections when first reading it.

3. Write it over and over. (Remember learning spelling words that way?)

4. Go through the day watching for examples of the quote. (Like when hearing a new word or idea and suddenly it’s everywhere.)

5. Come back to the quote at the end of the day. Do a ten minute free write using it as the prompt. (Set a timer. Put pen to paper and write. Don’t edit. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar. Just write what comes up.)

The following is from the blog I used to write, itstartedwithaquote.wordpress.com.

“The entire universe is within us. My answers are inside of me, and yours lie within you, too. Everything that seemingly happens externally is occurring in order to trigger something within us, to expand us and take us back to who we truly are.”  Anita Moorjani

In the little notebooks I wrote the following month’s worth of quotes.

1. Write it on your heart that each day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Mary Oliver

3. Follow what you love and it will take you where you need to go. Natalie Goldberg

4. All creation teaches us some way of prayer. Thomas Merton

5. It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts. Attributed to Harry S. Truman

6. There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one you in all time, this expression is unique. Martha Graham

7. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt

8. The most sophisticated people I know–inside they are all children. Jim Henson

9. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. Rumi

10. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carson

11. I believe that when we ask to be led, we are led, and there’s nothing too small or esoteric for spiritual help. Julia Cameron

12. In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi

13. The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. Thomas Merton

14. The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. Joseph Campbell

15. If you want to be incrementally better, be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better, be cooperative. Unknown

16. To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind that to be hopelessly in love with spring. George Santayana

17. You’ve got to keep the child alive; you can’t create without it. Joni Mitchell

18. Their story, yours and mine–it’s what we carry with us on this trip we take, and we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them. William Carlos Williams

19. Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand. Sue Patton Thoele

20. Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

21. Every survival kit should include a sense of humor. Author unknown

22. Those who wish to sing will always find a song. Celtic proverb

23. Wherever we go, we take everything we’ve ever known with us whether we know it or not. Maya Angelou

24. Always walk through life as if you have something to learn and you will. Vernon Howard

25. As long as you live, keep learning how to live. Seneca

26. The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away. Pablo Picasso

27. Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. Marianne Williamson

28. Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is. Francis Bacon

29. It was in the 1920s when nobody had time to reflect, that I saw a still-life painting with a flower that was perfectly exquisite, but so small you really could not appreciate it. Georgia O’Keeffe

30. Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others. Marion Wright Edelman

31. A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. Thomas Carruthers



Comments on: "A Month of Presence" (3)

  1. I feel quite honored to have been the recipient of one of these books! Thank you and I have already started my month of presence! Love it!

  2. What a lovely gift! 🙂

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