Power #tiny hearts

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The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace. -Mahatma Gandhi

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. -Tao Te Ching

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. -Alice Walker

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come. –Victor Hugo

Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power. –Benjamin Disraeli

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. ― Abraham Lincoln

Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing.” It waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way. –Fulton J. Sheen

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. –Jimi Hendrix

compassion #tinyhearts

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Compassion is the movement of the heart in recognizing our own or someone else’s vulnerability. We move towards that person, to see if we can be if help.

In day to day life that might look like simply recognizing our own humanity, or the humanity of someone else.

I was teaching recently and a woman told me, after a sitting, ” All week long my boss has been a tyrant — unfair, judgmental, in a very uncharacteristic way. It’s only been here, meditating, that it occurred to me to think, ‘ She might have something going on in her life that is provoking this.'”

Here’s the first post of this series, Hearthstones.

Forgiveness #tinyhearts

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Take a walk through the garden of forgiveness and pick a flower of forgiveness for everything you have ever done. When you get to that time that is now, make a full and total forgiveness of your entire life and smile at the bouquet in your hands because it truly is beautiful.”
― Stephen Richards, Forgiveness and Love Conquers All: Healing the Emotional Self

Life is a whirlwind of many opportunities. Choose to embrace all of them in deepest gratitude. Learn to forgive yourself and honour the heart that beats within you, as well as the head that rests on your shoulders. Learn how to believe in people again and not be judging or cynical to various beliefs.
― Michelle Cruz-Rosado

Forgiveness is a gift to the one who is hurting.  ― Josee D’Amore

What do you need to forgive yourself for today?

Gratitude #tinyhearts

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Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behavior. It almost always makes you willing to be of service, which is where the joy resides. It means you are willing to stop being such a jerk. When you are aware of all that has been given to you, in your lifetime and in the past few days, it is hard not to be humbled, and pleased to give back. –Anne Lamott from Help, Thanks, Wow

Here’s the first post in this series: Hearthstones.

Love #tinyhearts

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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

 1 Corinthians 13:4–8a
(English Standard Version)

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Happy Valentine’s Day!