Thoughts that Inspire

A lovely little collection of thoughts that inspire action, joy and beauty. As I uncover I’ll continue to share, so stop in every now and again whenever you’re seeking a lift or a nudge. 

“And I, tiny being, drunk with the great starry void, likeness, image of mystery, felt myself a pure part of the abyss. I wheeled with the stars. My heart broke loose with the wind.”– Pablo Neruda

“A master’s awareness of spiritual laws directs him or her to manifest major life changes by working with their thoughts, not by working harder. Which isn’t to say they don’t sometimes work very long hours, because they do;they just don’t think of it as work. Which also isn’t to say they all have cool jobs that anyone would love, because they don’t; they just see every task before them, no matter where they work, as a gift to unwrap.” – Mike Dooley, Notes from the Universe

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes  you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people that have come alive.” – Harold Thurman Whitman

“Cultivate light and love in all you do, and you will find yourself constantly embraced by the same.” – Greta Matos musings

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Live your life as though it were a tireless addiction; take massive gulps, leave space to acknowledge how incredibly delicate it is, and let your heart overflow with love for each and every breath you are blessed to take.”– Greta Matos

“Admit that once you have gotten up from the chair, once you have gone up high, you are the privileged pilgrim, you are the one who will tell the story, and the one coming back from the mountain who helped to make it.”– David Whyte

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places-and there are so many- where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand Utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” – Howard Zinn

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” – Sir Rannulph Fiennes

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” — Kahlil Gibran

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”– Buddha

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”– John Muir

“The world within each of us is far more vast than the world around us, don’t forget an adventure always awaits when you take time to explore your own depths.”– Greta Matos musings

We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

“You belong among the wildflowers, you belong in a boat out at sea…You belong with your love on your arm, you belong somewhere you feel free.” – Tom Petty

“We must never cease our exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to return to the place where we first began and to truly know that place for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot

“Immaturity always beckons, offering a false haven, an ersatz safety, in one state or the other: a hiding place and disappearance in the past, a false isolation of the present, or an unobtainable sure prediction of the future. But maturity beckons also, asking us to be larger, more fluid, more elemental, less cornered, less unilateral, a living conversational intuition between the inherited story, the one we are privileged to inhabit and the one, if we are large enough and broad enough, moveable enough and even, here enough, just, astonishingly, about to occur.” – David Whyte

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”– Rachel Carson

“A man does not climb a mountain without bringing some of it away with him, and leaving something of himself upon it.” – Sir Martin Conway

“The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.” – Jack Kornfield

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive…” – Oriah Mountain Dreamer

“Whatever you do, do it with love. if there isn’t love in it, it’s not worth doing. everything else you need will follow. but lead with love. listen to your heart and lead with love.”– Greta Matos musings

“Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”– William Hutchinson Murray

“Somebody ought to tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit every minute of every day. Do it, I say, whatever you want to do, do it now.” — Michael Landon

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

“It’s funny and beautiful how dramatically your perspective can change when you examine the “experiences” you are missing in your life rather than the “things”.”- Greta Matos musings

“Here’s to massive life changes, to new chapters, to beautiful places yet to be explored, to the unsettled feeling and quiet excitement of adventuring into the great unknown. Here’s to truly loving the place you’re leaving behind, but knowing it’s time to pursue another. Time to push yourself. Time to get throw caution and comfort to the wind and dive headfirst. Time to grow. Time to evolve. Here’s to us, and this beautiful adventure we call life.”– Greta Matos musings

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Beautiful family and friends spread all across this lovely world of ours…making every moment the universe brings us together count. Oh how I love the synchronicity of life when hugs and memories are made possible even for brief moments in time.”– Greta Matos musings

“Take the road less traveled, the beauty of the unknown just may take your breath away.”-Greta Matos musings

“In Your light I learn how to Love. In Your Beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest, where no one sees You, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this Art.” -The RUMI

“Let’s go find beautiful places.” -Greta Matos musings

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” – Helen Keller

“Live to the point of tears.”– Albert Camud

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming – “WOW – What a Ride!” -Anon.

“And indeed, that IS the question: whether to float with the tide, or to swim for a goal. It is a choice we must all make consciously or unconsciously at one time in our lives…But why not float if you have no goal? That is another question. It is unquestionably better to enjoy the floating than to swim in uncertainty. So how does a man find a goal?
As I see it then, the formula runs something like this: a man must choose a path which will let his ABILITIES function at maximum efficiency toward the gratification of his DESIRES. In doing this, he is fulfilling a need (giving himself identity by functioning in a set pattern toward a set goal), he avoids frustrating his potential (choosing a path which puts no limit on his self-development), and he avoids the terror of seeing his goal wilt or lose its charm as he draws closer to it (rather than bending himself to meet the demands of that which he seeks, he has bent his goal to conform to his own abilities and desires).
In short, he has not dedicated his life to reaching a pre-defined goal, but he has rather chosen a way of life he KNOWS he will enjoy.” – Hunter Thompson

“You have to do what feels right, what lights you up. Do your best always. Conserve. Never waste anything. You can only have what you can carry—choose it carefully, make it last, take care of it. Appreciate what you have for as long as you have it. Be ready to do without it. No matter what happens, deal with it. Adapt, instantly when necessary. Take care of yourself. Try to help. A lot of times you fail, sometimes you succeed. Either way, you’re never the whole reason for it. It’s easy to confuse intense emotion with fear. Intensity is what you came for; don’t irrationally try to run away from it. You never know what’s going to happen, even in the next second. Every decision you’ve made was the best one you could have made at the time: remember that when bad things happen. Things will not stop changing. No matter what, the only thing you can count on is yourself.”– Steph Davis

“You have the power to define what success in your life means, you don’t have to prescribe to the norm, to the expectation that is placed on us by society, that we feel pressured to pursue based on the pursuits of those around us- go within, find your love, find your bliss- if you are living it, that is truly the essence of success.”- Greta Matos musings

“If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Holding on to what is not working only postpones the inevitable and forces change to come to you. Bravely walk through the opening that will appear. It is time to let go of something to allow for something new.”

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.”

“We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.” — Marie B. Ray

“You have one life, one brief moment in time. Pursue your happiness, pursue your passion.”– Greta Matos musings

“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.” – Shanti

“From the city streets of Asia to the farm fields of California, even in a moment of pure exhaustion and bummed not to be home with my love, i have to rest in gratitude for all the places in this world i have explored, especially while doing interesting work that i am passionate about.”– Greta Matos musings

“Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life is meant to be.” — Steve Pavlina

“The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.” -Jack Kornfield

“You have to do the thing that makes you tick; you have to do it unapologetically; and you have to do it with love”– Fitz Cahall

“Ohhh the lovely butterflies you get when peering into the unknown.”– Greta Matos musings

“Each day is precious and it truly is all we have-that is the only thing we can be sure of and it is worth every bit of gratitude we can offer.”– Greta Matos musings

“Each of us has power over our own consciousness- we can choose to see and choose to act.“- Greta Matos musings

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and the pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” – Frederic Buechner

“I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live, so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which came to be as blossom, goes on as fruit.” – Dawna Markova

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves:
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson, as quoted by Nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech

“Perhaps worse off are those who have never been challenged, never been questioned what makes their life worth living, those who grow up chained to an external model of success rather than inspired by an internal one. The difficulty lies in moving out of the monotony, out of the comfort zone, from that which is just above bearable, to that which makes us sparkle and glow.” – Jennifer Butte-Dahl

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