Quotes for
the Journey:



The way to free your feelings
is to simply feel them.

Shaeri Richards
Dancing with Your Dragon


If you are feeling hurt you are allowing yourself to be hurt by other peopleís unskilled behavior.  Very few people choose to be mean, or even thoughtless.  Many have so much going on in their own mind they don't realize in the moment how they are coming across, and most likely later they may feel as unskilled as you have at times like these.  Doesn't this call for a great deal of empathy and compassion for everyone concerned?      -unattributed


You can have regret from yesterday, fear tomorrow but peace today by sharing your heartís deepest feelings. A life spent being fearful of showing your soul is a life not worth living.     -Shannon L. Alder

Notice what happens when you doubt, suppress, or act contrary to your feelings.  You will observe decreased energy, powerless or helpless feelings, and physical or emotional pain.  Now notice what happens when you follow your intuitive feelings.  Usually the result is increased energy and power and a sense of natural flow.  When you're at one with yourself, the world feels peaceful, exciting, and magical.      -Shakti Gawain
It's not that I have stopped feeling, it's just that I have stopped expressing.  And that causes more pain to the heart and more suffering to the soul. Because the feelings unexpressed, the words unspoken and the prayers unheard are much more heart rending than the physical or mental distress.      -Shalini Govil
People who keep their feelings to themselves tend not to know, after a while, what their feelings are.      -Paul Berman

Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the person who has rationalized his or her emotions.      -David Borenstein
I imagine you come across a number of people who are disconcerted by the difference between what you do feel and what they fancy you ought to feel. It is fatal to pay the smallest attention to them.      -Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night
But feelings can't be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.      -Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.      -George Eliot
No one can do a thing about feelings, they exist and there's no way to censor them. We can reproach ourselves for some action, for a remark, but not for a feeling, quite simply because we have no control at all over it.      -Milan Kundera, Identity
Part of the problem with the word "disabilities" is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted.  But what of people who can't feel?  Or talk about their feelings?  Or manage their feelings in constructive ways?  What of people who aren't able to form close and strong relationships?  And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love?  These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.      -Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things To Remember
Feelings do not grow old along with the body. Feelings form part of a world I donít know, but itís a world where thereís no time, no space, no frontiers.      -Paulo Coelho, Brida
We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.      -Carl Jung
That was one of the saddest things about people--their most important thoughts and feelings often went unspoken and barely understood.     -Alexandra Adornetto, Halo

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.      -Thich Nhat Hanh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices
Pay attention to your feelings.  They are there to help you; they are your friend.  When you feel off, take notice.  Gently observe your thinking.  Where is it?  If your thoughts aren't in the here and now, rather than being hard on yourself, or getting too much into details of your thinking (analysis paralysis!), simply direct your attention back to the moment.  Don't allow your thoughts to pull you away from happiness.      -Richard Carlson
Many of us have a tendency to deny any negative feelings.  We judge them as "bad" or "unenlightened" when, in fact, they are our stepping stone to enlightenment.  Our so-called negative feelings or attitudes are really parts of ourselves that need recognition, love, and healing. Not only is it safe and healthy to acknowledge and accept all of our feelings and beliefs, it is necessary, if we are to get in touch with the fears and pockets of blocked energy that are holding us back from what we want.      -Shakti Gawain
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart.     -Helen Keller

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You have a right to your feelings.  Your feelings are there to tell you something, but they are not infallible guides to behavior.     -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
Become aware of the dragons and fears inside you.  Nonjudgmentally observing feelings gives us the opportunity to understand ourselves better and allows the feelings themselves to heal and transform.  If you fearfully resist feelings, labeling them bad/wrong/ugly, they'll stick to your mind and grow.  Acknowledge all of your feelings.  You don't need to act on them; just see that they are within you.  Invite your dragons into the light of your attention and respect.  Then, accept them.  Feelings aren't right or wrong; they just are.  A gentle climate of love and acceptance fosters the possibility of change and growth in feelings that only worsen if kept hidden.     -Sue Patton Thoele, The Courage to Be Yourself
Feelings are your guide.  Trust your feelings and learn to express them, and do not blame anyone for how you feel.  Be yourself, observe yourself.  Look to understand any crisis you have been in or will be in.     -Barbara Marciniak, Family of Light
Life is an exercise in the development of feeling.  When we repress feelings, we become sour and judgmental.  When we live awash in great feeling over small things, we become jaded long before we have even begun to enjoy.  When feelings are in balance they sweeten long days and great distances with gratitude and hope.     -Joan Chittister, Seeing with Our Souls
You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.     -Pearl S. Buck
You can't run from feelings, Charity.  You have to face them.  Otherwise your future will look just like your past.
-Elizabeth Jane Howard, Mr. Wrong


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