Goddesses in Older Women
[W]e become wiser as we grow older, but as we all have observed, a long life itself is no guarantee of wisdom. (4)
What we focus on, we energize. What we imagine becoming precedes our development. (5)
The idea that Bolen is trying to communicate is how the goddesses, whether viewed as literal or metaphors, inform our lives when we meditate upon them. Just as Christians meditate on the Christ and Hindus meditate upon different gods or goddesses within the pantheon of deities, the concept is that in meditating upon these archetypes we invite the qualities of these to become a part of our own being.
Quoting Dr. Candace Pert
I felt that by not speaking up, I would be sacrificing my self-esteem and self-respect, not to mention possibly setting myself up for a nice case of depression and maybe a cancer or two down the line. (10)
When what we have been taught as objective history turn out to be lies and omissions, it is both disillusioning and illuminating. (14)
The Greek language distinguishes between what we can know objectively (logos) from what can only be known subjectively (gnosis). (26)
The clergy and theologians may for the most part be male, but it’s women who have filled the pews and kept the community going through their attendance and volunteer work. (33)
Intensive Care for the Nurturer’s Soul
[O]rganize your life according to how you live right now—not how you used to or how you think you might in the future. (52)
Quoting an African proverb
Write the wrongs that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble. Let go of all the emotions such as resentment and retaliation, which diminish you, and hold onto the emotions such as gratitude and joy, which increase you. (55)
. . . Community equals immunity. (130)
In this quote, the author is extrapolating from the UCLA Friendship Study. I've been thinking a lot about the idea of community and how relationships help empower and strengthen individuals. Possibly because so much of my time is spent at home. I wonder if they did this study with dogs, would it have the same results? I mean, between humans and dogs. I've seen enough of how Romanov and Snowdoll interact to know that they definitely help one another far more than not.
Joy is your true nature and birthright. Life is meant to be joyful. Suffering is so over-rated. (86)