Heart Full Moments from April 2018

Finding wisdom and inspiration

live your best life with words of wisdom

A monthly feature of “Listening with Heart” blog, sharing wise words,
meaningful things read or good things found, to help warm your heart.

These are the most impactful things I have read or heard this month that give me pause, or uplift my heart. I am happy to share them with you. You never know where you’ll find some wisdom or inspiration. Take a moment to go through them and maybe highlight a few that speak to you. Keep them in your own collection of wonderful wisdoms. These are wise words about living life more fully, with compassion, and are reminders about paying attention to what’s really important. Enjoy…

  • “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller
  • “Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” – Helen Keller
  • Anyone can be happy when they get what they want; the challenge is to stay grateful and peaceful even when the world around you feels crazy and dangerous and horrible.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
  • “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.“ – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Choose feelings over logic, adventure over perfection, here over there, now over then, and always love, love, love.“ – from “notes from the universe“
  • “In times of sorrow
    May you see light on the path ahead
    When the road you walk is dark.
    May you always hear,
    Even in your hour of sorrow,
    The gentle singing of the lark.
    When times are hard may hardness
    Never turn your heart to stone,
    May you always remember
    When the shadows fall,
    you do not walk alone.” – memorial prayer
  • “It is a huge danger to pretend that awful things do not happen. But you need enough hope to keep going. I am trying to make hope. Flowers grow out of darkness.” -Corina Kent
  • “My prayer is, let me be a blessing to someone or something today.” – Jean Houston
  • “Don’t plan it all. Let life surprise you a little.” – Julia Alvarez
  • “By going with what’s happening rather than expending energy fighting or turning away from it, you create the opportunity to gain insight into what’s driving your concerns.“ – Bob Stahl
  • “Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” –  Native American proverb
  • Rise Up Lyrics, Andra Day
    You’re broken down and tired
    Of living life on a merry go round
    And you can’t find the fighter
    But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
    And move mountains
    We gonna walk it out
    And move mountains
    And I’ll rise up
    I’ll rise like the day
    I’ll rise up
    I’ll rise unafraid
    I’ll rise up
    And I’ll do it a thousand times again
    And I’ll rise up
    High like the waves
    I’ll rise up
    In spite of the ache
    I’ll rise up
    And I’ll do it a thousand times again
    For you
    For you
    For you
    For you
    When the silence isn’t quiet
    And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
    And I know you feel like dying
    But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
    And move mountains
    We’ll take it to its feet
    And move mountains
    And I’ll rise up
    I’ll rise like the day
    I’ll rise up
    I’ll rise unafraid
    I’ll rise up
    And I’ll do it a thousand times again
    For you
    For you
    For you
    For you
    All we need, all we need is hope
    And for that we have each other
    And for that we have each other
    We will rise
    We will rise
    We’ll rise, oh oh
    We’ll rise
    I’ll rise up
    Rise like the day
    I’ll rise up
    In spite of the ache
    I will rise a thousand times again
    And we’ll rise up
    Rise like the waves
    We’ll rise up
    In spite of the ache
    We’ll rise up
    And we’ll do it a thousand times again
    For you oh oh oh oh oh
    For you oh oh oh oh oh
    For you oh oh oh oh oh
    For you
  • “A star at dawn, a drop of dew, an echo, a rainbow and a dream.” – The Buddha
  • “We don’t see the world as IT is; we see it the way WE are.” -Talmud teaching
  • “One of the most prominent characteristics of our left brain is it’s ability to weave stories. The storyteller portion of our left brain’s language centers is specifically designed to make sense of the world outside us, based upon minimal amounts of information. It functions by taking whatever details it has to work with, and then weaves them together in the form of a story. Most impressively, our left brain is brilliant in its ability to make stuff up, and fill in the blanks when there are gaps in its factual data.
    As my left brain language centers recovered and became functional again, I spent a lot of time observing how my story-teller would draw conclusions, based upon minimal information. For the longest time I found these antics of my storyteller to be rather comical. Until I realized that my left brain whole heartedly expected the rest of my brain to believe the stories it was making up!… I need to remember however, that there are enormous gaps between what I actually know and what I think I know. I learned I need to be very wary of my story teller’s potential for stirring up trauma and drama.“ -Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight
  • “Between stimulus and response there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” –  Victor Frankl
  • “Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation and healing.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • “Sometimes I think I need a spare heart to feel all the things I feel.” – Sanober Khan
  • “Travel back in time to bring to mind some of the many ways children had fun before cell phones, computers or televisions were invented. For thousands of years, kids have been drawing, dancing, climbing, scribbling, digging, making music, and using their imaginations to generate fun. Left to their own devices — and not those electronic ones — your children will find ways to occupy themselves while you catch your breath at the end of a long day.” – Susan Stiffelman
  • ”A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.” – Christopher Germer
  • “Dwayne Johnson, 45, embraces his role as an inspirational figure. When a 19-year-old fan tweeted that he took hope for his own future from seeing Johnson’s achievements after battling depression, Johnson shot back a tweet of his own: “Battled that beast more than once. Us men [too] prideful to ask for help. Speak up, ask for help & you’re never alone. See [you] at the top one day.” Also:
    You’ve also got to learn how to block out all the noise and all the things that distract you from your dreams and ambitions. You’ve got listen to that little voice inside you that tells you that you’re good enough and that you can realize your dreams.” – Dwayne Johnson
  • “The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.” – Hans Christian Andersen
  • “You have to stop thinking you’ll be stuck in your situation forever. We feel like our heart will never heal or we’ll never get out of this impossible struggle. Don’t confuse a season for a lifetime. Even your trials have an expiration date. You will grow, life will change, things will work out.“ – Brittney Moses
  • “Be proud of who you are and the struggle that makes you YOU.” And “Be encouraged. Really be encouraged and have hope.” – Michelle Obama
  • “Silence isn’t empty. It’s full of answers.“ – Kiara Elliott
  • “Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.” – Lisa M. Hayes
  • “The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” – Wendall Berry
  • “Oh Lord, may I become the person my dog thinks that I am.“ – Bumper sticker…
    …“Oh Lord, may I remember that I am the person my dog thinks that I am.“ – Cindi Rivera

Thank you for reading. I hope you have enjoyed this month’s Heart Full Moments – wise words that I’ve been touched by, and reflected about. I hope you have had the chance to read or see or hear things, in your own world too, that have made you pause and breathe in, the wisdom or wonder of that experience. Thank you also for any inspirational wisdoms you have shared with me.

You might keep your own list of Heart-full or mind-full gems, and re-read them when you need an uplift. Simply to be on the lookout for gems that speak to you is a mindful practice that helps to keep your heart open to all that’s good in the world.

To deepen your experience even more, you might use any one of these as a journal prompt, where you add whatever comes to mind about how this applies in your life, and how it makes you feel. Or use any one of these as a conversation starter and see if you can draw someone out to share how these words make them feel. Enjoy sharing Heart full wisdom…

I’d love to hear from you. What have you come across lately that inspires you to keep on keeping on?

If you or someone you care about needs help to overcome some of life’s struggles, please contact me for a therapy appointment.

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Listening with Heart
Cindi Rivera, MFT
Marriage, Family Therapist
www.cindiriveratherapy.com
criveramft@gmail.com
(510) 482-4445

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