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This week I heard several folks speak words that truly made a difference in my thinking.   They spoke out loudly to me.

I thought I would share them with you.

I watched an interview with Wayne Dyer about his work on the movie THE SHIFT  and he said:

“EGO = Edging God Out” (He had a huge definition of God)

….then he went on to discuss how folks want to acquire and control (run by ego) for part of their lives and the shift is where meaning and the recognition of the spirit within shifts to becoming more important  – made me think.

I listened to the Rachel Maddow program one evening when I needed to be in the spine neutral position for a long period of time.  Maddow was interviewing Cory Booker the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey http://twitter.com/CoryBooker and he said:

“If you are a person who drinks deeply from a well you did not dig – you get what you deserve.”

“Schools, governments, communities do not work if you are not involved or participating – creating and digging the wells.”

Mr. Booker was addressing a question about all the corrupt politicians and business folks who created the problems that Newark had been manifesting – and they did not do the work or dig in and get the job done….so the city was left in an illiterate state of demise.

I also received recently the new address of my friend Liv.  For the past 5 + years she has been working on her co- housing dream.  Finding the team, designing the buildings, plotting the community garden, finding property, filing permits and working with the architects, engineers, planners, and developers to make co-housing a reality in our city and she now had a move-in date.

Woodard Lane Co-Housing:    Liv is upstairs in the brown and green unit and is found on the home page – red hair!

At the bottom of her announcement she included the following quote.  It too made me think and mull and I wanted to share it with you.

May you know the complete safety of an undefended heart.
May you know that joy is possible in this very moment.
May your whole life be one sigh of gratitude.

I just so enjoy when words tickle my prefrontal cortex and get the thinking machine in high gear.  How about you?

Did you hear something interesting in your past weeks that just caught you up in your thinking mode and gave you a good workout?   Do you have a great quote that you just carry with you for the right moment?   Are you willing to share that idea or quote in the comments section?

Looking forward to your comments and interesting ideas – thank you.

A bit like a mind vacation from the realm of habitual thinking?

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16 Responses to “Sharing Words”

  1. Tess The Bold Life Says:

    What your friend Liv said really spoke to me. What a gifted writer. I’m sighing with Joy! Yeah;)

  2. Tony Single Says:

    What you have shared really struck me, Patricia, especially the EGO thing. I never thought about my ego in that way before. I have another way of putting it when it comes to the ego:

    “Let God be God.”

    In other words, I’m not God so stop trying to control everything. Chill. Go with the flow. Live.

    A dear friend of mine put it another way that I like very much:

    “I just want to be weak and happy.”

    “May you know the complete safety of an undefended heart” reminded me of this. Yeah, I like that. I like that a lot. :)
    .-= Tony Single´s last blog ..The Toolmaker Pauses =-.

  3. Dot Says:

    I’ve often wished we had more co-housing for the elderly, instead of assisted living.

  4. Talon Says:

    Congrats to your friend, Liv! What a beautiful accomplishment!

    I’m always amazed by words…just putting certain ones in a certain order changes everything and has incredible impact.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..The Apology (Short Story) =-.

  5. jannie Funster Says:

    Yes, Liv’s words…

    May you know the complete safety of an undefended heart.
    May you know that joy is possible in this very moment.
    May your whole life be one sigh of gratitude.

    those… take my breath away.

    And my girl of course, saying she loves me.


  6. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia.
    Your friend’s words spoke to me too. Especially “May you know the complete safety of an undefended heart.” I spoke with a friend about this very thing yesterday and it was one of those moments when a light is turned on. I also have to keep reminding myself to consider the ‘undefended hearts’ around me, or more accurately… when they are just trying to defend their hearts. I feel that when we can look at it from that perspective, we have more compassion for the other person and are less likely to take anything personally.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..What You Don’t Know Can Hurt =-.

  7. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    The simplest words make me feel the most deeply. Especially “I love you” from my children and husband.
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..The Wow Factor: Is It Ruining Our Culture? =-.

  8. Patricia Says:

    Oh to sigh with joy.

    I am glad they spoke to you and brought up special words of meaning for you.

    A great many of the folks in Liv’s co-housing are retiring and moving from back east. The web site had connections to about 126 units – I think they are very neat

    Liv has worked hard for years and years – she is a great mediator too…changed our school district for the better – amazing

    I have to nearly pry “I love you” out of my kids…hope yours is like my one who is ready and willing with hugs too!

    Compassion – or with passion…that is the point that I think the holy spirit works.

    Simple words are usually deep well diggers. Thank you

  9. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. aren’t they just wonderful quotes and as Vered says .. simple honest words ring true. My uncle always used to say .. love is all –

    Thanks for these thoughts and sharing these words ..
    have a good weekend .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Folklore Notes and report back on Great British Garden Bird Watch =-.

  10. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Thank you for sharing all of these great words. Does this mean you’ve had a chance to watch “The Shift’? Like you, I also like the EGO line.

    I also like the quote you shared, ““If you are a person who drinks deeply from a well you did not dig – you get what you deserve.”

    Great thinking post, Patricia.
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..Save Your Best Posts For Later, Or Not? =-.

  11. Catrien Ross Says:

    Patricia, thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog.

    Dropping by here today I am delighted to find your post about sharing words – this morning I just published a post about the word smile, as in S-M-I-L-E.

    So thank you for this synchronicity of community – it is very encouraging to encounter after my rough patch here in Japan. Like you, I am tickled by words – they have so much serendipitous power, and they can teach us so much about ourselves and our perceptions.

    From the mountains of Japan – Catrien Ross.
    .-= Catrien Ross´s last blog ..Catrien Ross on Finding 9 Powerful Meanings in Your Smile When You Don’t Feel Like Smiling =-.

  12. Catrien Ross Says:

    Patricia, hello again.

    I forgot to thank you for the photo of the Scottish thistle – welcome nostalgia for this Scot in the mountains of Japan.

    One of the things I love about the wild garden here is the presence of thistles with their purple blooms. It makes me feel quite at home in a deeply grounded way!

    Patricia, thank you – Catrien Ross.
    .-= Catrien Ross´s last blog ..Catrien Ross on Finding 9 Powerful Meanings in Your Smile When You Don’t Feel Like Smiling =-.

  13. Valentina Says:

    Excellent article. I too love words and collect them in a book. What I truly enjoy is the way three or more words are strung together in an unlikely order yet present a perfect image, thought or action.
    .-= Valentina´s last blog ..Sunday Morn Musings: On Overused Words. =-.

  14. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! Brilliant quotes! I am such a fan of Wayne Dyer’s too! Normally I could spew quotes out no sweat – my mind AND body were just on vacation for a week and I’m afraid the old brain is struggling (just momentarily, mind you) to get back with it again! ha!

    Loved this post – and you know that I will be back for more of your posts – with my brain awake next time! ha!

  15. J.D. Meier Says:

    One of my favorite sayings is, “When it’s cold shiver, when it’s hot sweat.”

    I’m always on the lookout for quotable quotes.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Spring Cleaning Sources of Insight =-.

  16. Patricia Says:

    Words are so fun and I just love finding a good quote – especially one that makes me think.

    Cory Booker puts the best quotes up on his twitter page daily…he seems to speak in pithy phrases. Love keeping my thinking skills at pace. I listened to an interview of Dyer and have now ordered the SHIFT to watch..this week I think?

    I very much enjoyed reading your blog and will hop over to check out Smile…I went to Scotland to celebrate my 60th birthday last August, my Grandfather was from there….I was just so in love with the thistles – it very much represents my philosophy of living. My Father’s name was ROSS

    Words are just so fun to explore and play with. I have an old basket that was used to bring flour to home from the mill, I put my favorite quotes inside and close the little latch…when I do not feel enthusiastic about life, I open the little lid and wander around inside. Welcome to this blog and thank you for you kind comments.

    I am spending a great deal of time driving across the state helping my youngest move…my brain gets out of gear, but it gives me time to listen to cds of interesting stuff and good radio interviews etc. It is good to pick out things to ponder and contemplate :)

    If you are on the look out…get Cory Booker on your twitter feed, he is good for at least one dynamic saying a day….he is quite and interesting fellow. You do such good quotes on your blog…
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Vacationing Vicariously =-.