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Healing QUOTES

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"We can never get a re-creation of community and heal our society without giving our citizens a sense of belonging."
-- Patch Adams

we want to take people's success stories and re-write the ''story'' of hunger. There are things that have been working, and things we know can work. It may once have seemed like a hopeless story, but we're changing it to a hopeful one. This is healing on a social level.
-- Bill Ayres

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.
--Erma Bombeck

* “If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure.”
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The pacifist's task today is to find a method of helping and healing
which provides a revolutionary constructive substitute for war.
-- Vera Brittain

The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around.... Throughout history, "tender loving care" has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing.
~ Larry Dossey
I see religion as a powerful positive healing force for this nation and the world. But that force is blunted, weakened, compromised inestimably, if we turn religion into a tool for advancing political strategy; if we make it a matter of how to win political office; if we treat it as anything other than a sacred part of life from which we ought to draw sustenance and values and strength for living courageously as good citizens.
-- C. Welton Gaddy
* We’re looking at the singular condition of poverty. All the other individual problems spring from that condition... doesn’t matter if it’s death, aid, trade, AIDS, famine, instability, governance, corruption or war. All of that is poverty. Our problem is that everybody tries to heal each of the individual aspects of poverty, not poverty itself.
-- Bob Geldof

"Forgiveness does not equal forgetting. It is about healing the memory of the harm, not erasing it."
-- Ken Hart

“We have to heal our wounded world.
The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today
are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment.”
-- Michael Jackson

* "...We have an historic opportunity for a great global healing and renewal. If we will accept the challenge of nonviolent activism with faith, courage, and determination, we can bring this great vision of a world united in peace and harmony from a distant ideal into glowing reality."
-- Coretta Scott King

* The Interfaith Alliance has to become an ongoing sustaining and powerful movement whose interest is to prove that religion has a healing side as well as a killing side, and that democracy is the consequence of conscience
-- Bill Moyers
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
-- Henri Nouwen

* "If poverty is a disease that infects the entire community in the form of unemployment and violence, failing schools and broken homes, then we can't just treat those symptoms in isolation . We have to heal that entire community."
-- Barack Obama

When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.
~ David Orr

"Forgiveness offers the possibility of two types of peace: peace of mind --
the potential healing of old emotional wounds, and peace with others --
the possibility of new, more gratifying relationships in the future."
-- Kenneth I. Pargament & Mark S. Rye

The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.
-- Rachel Naomi Remen

In our hectic, fast-paced, consumer-driven society, it's not uncommon for people to feel overwhelmed, isolated, alone, and even alienated. Many are re-discovering the healing and empowering role that community can bring to our lives. The sense of belonging we feel when we make the time to take an active role in our communities can give us a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

* Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.
-- Starhawk

It's only when we imagine for ourselves what it would be like to run from state terror, torture, rape, the destruction of our homes and families that we can understand how vital it would be to find a place that welcomed us and tried to heal our wounds.
-- Emma Thompson

* The Department of Peace would take a more human approach to healing our society, looking not merely for ways we can destroy an enemy, but for more powerful ways to create new friends. While the State Department engages in international diplomacy, there is no domestic parallel. There is no department seeking to harness the power of a nonviolent heart. -- Marianne Williamson

* The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world. -- Marianne Williamson

* "The power of nonviolence is not circumstance-specific. It is as applicable to the problems that confront us now, as to problems that confronted generations in the past. It is not a medicine or a solution so much as a healing process. It is the active spiritual immune system of humanity." -- Marianne Williamson

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