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Quotes from the Dance to End This 40 Day Journey


Did you practice the meditation for the last 40 days? Did my Lenten reads help? I end this 40-day journey with some additional quotes from The Dance.

“The question is not why you are so infrequently the person you want to be. The question is why do you so infrequently want to be the person you are?”

“If humans are basically compassionate and capable of being fully present, why do they so often act out of anger or harshness or distraction?”

“I hear a voice as I drift off to sleep, a voice that seems to be the blending of many voices – male and female; a voice that calls me by my name and fills me with warmth. The voice says, ‘I am with you always. I will always be with you.”

How would you plan your day if you really knew you belonged to God, if you knew that you were the embodiment of all that is sacred, and surrounded by the Beloved?”

“In the morning I meditate and soften my breath and reach out to hold those who are suffering, to hold the frightened aspects of myself and the world in my heart. And then I head out into the day, praying I will remember the compassion I am, hoping I will be able to keep my heart open. Some days are better than others.”

“The situations are different but the motivation that drives each of us to override the wishes of others – wanting our way – remains the same.”

“I trust stories. The stories we choose to tell ourselves let the world know who we are because who we are is not what we do but in how we live. And this is what shapes the world.”

“Some days I do my prayer gently, some days I do it desperately, often I do it repeatedly throughout the day. And then I try to act in accordance to the prayer.”

“We think we choose whom we love. But I think we simply do the best we can to be with each other where love claims us.”

“The task is not to change. The task is to become who we are.”


CITE: Oriah Mountain Dreamer (2001). The Dance: Moving to the Rhythms of Your True Self. San Francisco: Harper Collins Publishing, Inc.



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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