Drops of Wisdom

Drops of Wisdom are brief inspired messages or quotes from authors or teachers. They are updated periodically, with the newest offerings added to the top of the list. I hope you will return occasionally to find a drop that resonates for you in the moment.


The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Let us keep courage and try to be patient and gentle. – Vincent Van Gogh


Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once. – Paulo Coelho


Action expresses priorities. – Mahatma Gandhi


Do not seek after what you yearn for; seek the source of the yearning itself. – Adyashanti


There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful. – Thomas Merton


Bidden or unbidden, God is present. – Desiderius Erasmus


When I shift into defense, I’m defending denial. – Byron Katie


May you grow still enough to hear the splintering of starlight in the Winter sky and the roar at earth’s fiery core. – Br. David Steindl-Rast


Watch your thoughts; for they become words. Watch your words; for they become actions. Watch your actions; for they become habits. Watch your habits; for they become character. Watch your character for it will become your destiny. – Frank Outlaw


When we do not trust ourselves, no one else does, either.


If we knew just how powerfully our thoughts, words, and actions affected the hearts of those around us, we’d reach out and join hands again and again. – Tara Brach


What you are, the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world. – J. Krishnamurti


“There are no obstacles to the path. The obstacles are the path.” —Zen saying


Our reactivity is a body response that instantly gets interpreted through our emotions. – Mimi Weaver


Spirituality is the capacity to be guided. – Arkan Lushwala


To believe in something and not to live it is dishonest. – Gandhi


Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King, Jr.


Trusting ourselves and acting upon what we feel to be true for our individual selves is the same as trusting the intuitive nudges, messages and visions we receive in any given moment.


If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it. – Richard Rohr


A shadow is never created in darkness. It is born of light. We can be blind to it and blinded by it. Our shadow asks us to look at what we don’t want to see.
– Terry Tempest Williams


You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done … you are fierce with reality. – Florida Scott-Maxwell


You will know what you need to know when you need to know it. Trust. 


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.  As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be easier. – Henry David Thoreau


Our line of fear is ultimately our line of growth. – Terry Tempest Williams


All excuses are misalignments. – Wayne Dyer


Being out of step with the group can be the most important act you take to be IN step with your soul.


When you go along to get along, you give up yourself…the opportunity to be YOU; to listen to your very soul’s urging to step out, to step up and do something different.


It takes courage not to be discouraged. – Ben Ferencz


If I’m in judgement it means my understanding is deficient. – Charles Eisenstein


Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed, is to try one more time.  – Thomas A. Edison


The only person you are destined to become is the one you decide to be.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson


It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


If you wonder why there are so many angry people in your life, look no further than the resentment you hold in your own heart.  – Oprah


Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others.  – Brene Brown


Allowing yourself to be distracted is a choice to not attend the present moment.


Your “reward” is here…now…if you choose it. It isn’t somewhere else at another point in time. It is here, now.


Being open to receive that which is offered or given is as important as the act of giving itself. Giving and receiving is an exchange which honors both the giver and the receiver.


Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. – unknown


Music is the vernacular of the human soul. – Geoffrey Latham


Emotional pains are just truth knocking on a door that’s been closed way too long. – Mike Dooley


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


What we do not see when we attempt to control others, is that we are imprisoning them. In effect, we have locked them in our cages.


Possibilities are limitless. The only limits are the ones we add to the myriad possibilities and choices that life offers us.


Our children show us our blind spots if we open our hearts to see and hear them (the children AND the blind spots).


Whatever you are holding on to is holding onto you. Let it go and you are free.


Boundaries are fences that support your freedom. – Danielle LaPorte


The choices we make have consequences. Even when we say, “I have no choice,” we are making a choice and it, too, has consequences.


In our striving for perfection, we are rendered blind to…what else may be possible.


You are a human being, not a human doing. – Unknown


On this journey…you will need what you have and you will have what you need.


There are hundreds of languages in the world. A smile speaks all of them. – Unknown


It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau


Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. – Chinese Proverb


Until we see and embrace our own sensitivity, we will perceive the same in others as weakness.


What you fight you strengthen and what you resists, persists. – Eckhart Tolle


When we stop judging that which is different, we open our hearts and minds to what is possible.


We limit life going only for the imaginable. – Br David Steindl-Rast


Words are powerful. Choose and use them wisely.