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Quotes by Joan Borysenko

  1. “May you be at peace, May your heart remain open, May you awaken to the light of your own true nature, May you be healed, May you be a source of healing for all beings.”
  2. “Remember—your to-do list is immortal. It will live on long after you’re dead.”
  3. “The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live.”
  4. “Questions are the creative acts of intelligence.”
  5. “Perhaps the hardest lesson to learn is not to be attached to the results of your actions.”
  6. “Forgiveness is not the misguided act of condoning irresponsible, hurtful behavior. Nor is it a superficial turning of the other cheek that leaves us feeling victimized and martyred. Rather it is the finishing of old business that allows us to experience the present, free of contamination from the past.”
  7. “The Four Rules of Life:  1. Show Up 2. Pay Attention 3.Tell the Truth 4. Don’t be upset at the results.”
  8. “Some tension is necessary for the soul to grow, and we can put that tension to good use. We can look for every opportunity to give and receive love, to appreciate nature, to heal our wounds and the wounds of others, to forgive, and to serve.”
  9. “Because gratification of a desire leads to the temporary stilling of the mind and the experience of the peaceful, joyful Self it’s no wonder that we get hooked on thinking that happiness comes from the satisfaction of desires. This is the meaning of the old adage, “Joy is not in things, it is in us.”
  10. “…discernment may be the key spiritual practice.”
  11. “The process of healing is one of self-realization. It is a peeling away from the fears, concepts and negativity that obscure the light of our own true nature and its innate essence of compassion, creativity, wisdom and love. As negativity is transformed, the physical body often heals as well.”
  12. “The Universe knows itself and expands itself through me.”
  13. “…despite or differences, we”re all alike. Beyond identities and desire, there is a common core of self – an essential humanity whose nature is peace and whose expression is thought and whose action is unconditional love. When we identify with that inner core, respecting and honoring it in others as well as ourselves, we experience healing in every area of life.”
  14. “When we are capable of living in the moment free from the tyranny of “shoulds,” free from the nagging sensation that this moment isn’t right, we will have peaceful hearts.”
  15. “You are at my side, dear friends, and God is everywhere. Yet ultimately we are alone, making our way home by the candle of the heart. The light is steady and sure but extends only far enough to see the next step.”
  16. “Many times the light seems to go out. But another light, one held by a stranger or friend, a book or a song, a blackbird or a wild flower, comes close enough so that we can see our path by its light. And in time we realize that the light we have borrowed was always our own.”
  17. “If we don’t forgive ourselves for our mistakes, and others for the wounds they have inflicted upon us, we end up crippled with guilt. And the soul cannot grow under a blanket of guilt, because guilt is isolating, while growth is a gradual process of reconnection to ourselves, to other people, and to a larger whole.”
  18. “The Dark Night of the Soul-between no longer and not yet”
  19. “You are at my side, dear friends, and God is everywhere. Yet ultimately we are alone, making our way home by the candle of the heart. The light is steady and sure but extends only far enough to see the next step.”
  20. “Many times the light seems to go out. But another light, one held by a stranger or friend, a book or a song, a blackbird or a wild flower, comes close enough so that we can see our path by its light. And in time we realize that the light we have borrowed was always our own.”
  21. “When we are capable of living in the moment free from the tyranny of “shoulds,” free from the nagging sensation that this moment isn’t right, we will have peaceful hearts.”
  22. “May you be at peace, May your heart remain open, May you awaken to the light of your own true nature, May you be healed, May you be a source of healing for all beings.”
  23. “Gratitude is indeed like a gearshift that can move our mental mechanism from obsession to peacefulness, from stuckness to creativity, from fear to love. The ability to relax and be mindfully present in the moment comes naturally when we are grateful.”
  24. “Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace.”
  25. “Even everyday interactions are a kind of mental training. We not only influence each other psychologically, we are also interconnected physiologically.” 


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