These quotes inspire me and help me drop into a sense of ease. May they do the same for you…
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. -Einstein
From a cursory glance, yoga appears to be merely a practice of moving the body in and out of postures, but this is a conclusion of great error. Imagine a person who could not read and had never even heard of a book. Now imagine him seeing someone reading a life-changing novel. He would only see a woman staring at a box-shaped object, apparently doing absolutely nothing. Similarly, if someone without yoga experience peeked through the window of a yoga school, he would see just a ‘stretching’ class. But the ultimate power of yoga lies beyond what the eyes see. Yoga may heal the body, but it also heals our lives. - Max Strom from his book, A Life Worth Breathing
I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration; I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.
When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.” - Unknown Monk, 1100 C.E
“Our doubts are traitors
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt." - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, I.iv