Heart and life inspiring quotes taken from the Inner change documentary

Quotes from spirituals teachers, activists, psychiatrist and neurologists

Intriguing, life changing, life giving quotes from the documentary project Innerchange. Discover what people from different background, faith or none have to say about self developpement and spiritual developpement. Quotes that will help you live your life to it's full potential.

Each quote comes from an interview and a meditation. Click on any quote images to discover the quote in full, the interview and the meditation releated to that quote.

Today's quote from Assaad Chaftari

Quote from Assaad Chaftari Unfortunately Christianity became a title to define myself with or my people. But it should be a way of living a life of love.

"Unfortunately Christianity became a title to define myself with or my people. But it should be a way of living a life of love."

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Quote from Richard Davidson It is possible to increase a person's empathy and compassion.

Developping empathy

Richard Davidson

"It is possible to increase a person's empathy and compassion."

Quote from Richard Rohr We choose one side, and once you choose it, you prefer it.

Choosing one side and preferring it – dualism

Richard Rohr

"We choose one side, and once you choose it, you prefer it."

Quote from Jürgen Moltman We love peace and life.

We love peace and life

Jürgen Moltman

"We love peace and life."

Quote from Sharon Booth Dialogue creates that empathy for the other side.

Dialog is a softening of attitude toward the other

Sharon Booth

"Dialogue creates that empathy for the other side."

Quote from Robert Enright Forgiveness is offered from a position of strength, not weakness.

Forgiveness is offered from a position of strength

Robert Enright

"Forgiveness is offered from a position of strength, not weakness."

Quote from Sami Awad Nonviolence breaks their narrative of who I am to them.

Nonviolence is a key for the healing process

Sami Awad

"Nonviolence breaks their narrative of who I am to them."

Quote from Arno Michaelis Let us anchor ourselves in compassion and forgiveness to be able to address these very serious problems we face as a human race.

Anchoring ourselves in those noble human qualities – forgiveness and compassion

Arno Michaelis

"Let us anchor ourselves in compassion and forgiveness to be able to address these very serious problems we face as a human race."

Quote from Hajiya Binta Bakari When we love each other, we are practicing our religion.

When we love each other, we are practicing our religion

Hajiya Binta Bakari

"When we love each other, we are practicing our religion."

Quote from Arun Gandhi Learning how to deal with our anger is the first major step in practicing nonviolence.

We can learn to channel our anger

Arun Gandhi

"Learning how to deal with our anger is the first major step in practicing nonviolence."

Quote from Jacques Besson The brain is a living thing, a marvellous organ which is new every day.

Our brain is a living thing, always changing, evolving

Jacques Besson

"The brain is a living thing, a marvellous organ which is new every day."

Quote from Markus Gamache Pour in love in a heart full of hatred, that heart will be melted.

The bells of love in a desperate time

Markus Gamache

"Pour in love in a heart full of hatred, that heart will be melted."

Quote from Malkhaz Songulashvili We reached a point where fear is not our friend any longer. It will not save us any longer.

The walk to meet the other even when there is fear

Malkhaz Songulashvili

"We reached a point where fear is not our friend any longer. It will not save us any longer."

Quote from Holly Roach Knight The contemplative builds our capacity to sit with adverse emotions, not judge them but be present to them.

Discovering the pain and the brokenness

Holly Roach Knight

"The contemplative builds our capacity to sit with adverse emotions, not judge them but be present to them."

Quote from Shaul Judelman Prayer is when you recognise you don't know what to do.

Prayer is when you recognise you don’t know what to do

Shaul Judelman

"Prayer is when you recognise you don't know what to do."

Quote from Richard Davidson Nonviolence can be internalized to a very deep degree.

Nonviolence can be internalized to a very deep degree

Richard Davidson

"Nonviolence can be internalized to a very deep degree."

Quote from Hajiya Binta Bakari Peace is the key to life.

The inner peace is the key to life

Hajiya Binta Bakari

"Peace is the key to life."

Quote from Andrew Newberg When you get angry at somebody your emotional centers go up and your thought centers go down. You stop thinking and then you start reacting.

Balancing the emotional and the thoughts systems

Andrew Newberg

"When you get angry at somebody your emotional centers go up and your thought centers go down. You stop thinking and then you start reacting."

Quote from Ramez Salamé We are tied by things which we have done wrong. When you try to repair that, you are empowered to do your heart's desires.

Breaking free from our wrong doings and being empowered

Ramez Salamé

"We are tied by things which we have done wrong. When you try to repair that, you are empowered to do your heart's desires."

Quote from Assaad Chaftari I discovered that the others had names and that I could use their names to speak of them.

Meeting the other on a moral and spiritual level

Assaad Chaftari

"I discovered that the others had names and that I could use their names to speak of them."

Quote from Don Mosley Dialogue opens oneself.

Dialog opens oneself

Don Mosley

"Dialogue opens oneself."

Quote from Sharon Booth When we listen to the others, we develop a softening attitude toward them.

Listen to the other, it will bring a softening

Sharon Booth

"When we listen to the others, we develop a softening attitude toward them."

Quote from Robert Enright Through forgiveness we offer goodness of some kind: kindness, respect, generosity or love.

Forgiveness offers goodness to the other

Robert Enright

"Through forgiveness we offer goodness of some kind: kindness, respect, generosity or love."

Quote from Andrew Newberg The forgiveness process sort of dissipates that weight, that negative energy and emotions and changes it around.

When an injury is felt like a great weight on you

Andrew Newberg

"The forgiveness process sort of dissipates that weight, that negative energy and emotions and changes it around."

Quote from Gabriel Meyer Spirituality and action have to go together.

Dancing in the flow of spirituality and action

Gabriel Meyer

"Spirituality and action have to go together."

Quote from angel Kyodo williams The whole purpose of making the peace with oneself is so that we can be useful in the world.

Walking toward peace for oneself and for the world

angel Kyodo williams

"The whole purpose of making the peace with oneself is so that we can be useful in the world."

Quote from Bill Pelke Forgiveness should be a habit, a way of life to just keep on forgiving.

Forgiveness, a beautiful way to live

Bill Pelke

"Forgiveness should be a habit, a way of life to just keep on forgiving."

Quote from Brian McLaren I can think of several critical spiritual experiences where I had to learn how to grow into.

Grow into your new spiritual experience

Brian McLaren

"I can think of several critical spiritual experiences where I had to learn how to grow into."

Quote from Marina Cantacuzino We can learn to forgive.

The journey of forgiveness

Marina Cantacuzino

"We can learn to forgive."

Quote from Sami Awad The experiences of the past that have caused us to become afraid now limit in every single way the possibility of making peace for the future.

Haunted by the experience of the past

Sami Awad

"The experiences of the past that have caused us to become afraid now limit in every single way the possibility of making peace for the future."

Quote from Richard Davidson There's very good evidence to show that there is such a thing as innate basic goodness. 
We have a preference for cooperative warmhearted non-violent interactions.

We have a preference for cooperative warmhearted non-violent interactions

Richard Davidson

"There's very good evidence to show that there is such a thing as innate basic goodness.
We have a preference for cooperative warmhearted non-violent interactions."

Quote from Ramez Salamé It's a continuous struggle every day to be up to this task to bring change. 
What helps me is this moment I spend everyday of quiet time where I go back to myself.

Quite time

Ramez Salamé

"It's a continuous struggle every day to be up to this task to bring change.
What helps me is this moment I spend everyday of quiet time where I go back to myself."

Quote from Holly Roach Knight The contemplative has given me this ability to wait.

Wait, sit and trust

Holly Roach Knight

"The contemplative has given me this ability to wait."

Quote from Joseph Tizhe Kwaha If you're holding grudges, you will be in pain. But once you let that go you will receive healing.

Letting go of our grunges

Joseph Tizhe Kwaha

"If you're holding grudges, you will be in pain. But once you let that go you will receive healing."

Quote from Assaad Chaftari I started this long process of change by looking in the mirror of myself. I'm not done yet.

The long process of change

Assaad Chaftari

"I started this long process of change by looking in the mirror of myself. I'm not done yet."

Quote from Hajiya Binta Bakari Children use us as a mirror. Let us show children what love and empathy are all about.

The mirror of us

Hajiya Binta Bakari

"Children use us as a mirror. Let us show children what love and empathy are all about."

Quote from Richard Rohr In pure presence there's no problem to solve. 
It just is what it is, what it is, what it is.

Pure presence: it is what it is

Richard Rohr

"In pure presence there's no problem to solve.
It just is what it is, what it is, what it is."

Quote from Malkhaz Songulashvili Our neighbours are not only people but everything that has been created which makes our lives whole: animals, plants, trees, whatever makes our lives so beautiful.

Who is my neighbour?

Malkhaz Songulashvili

"Our neighbours are not only people but everything that has been created which makes our lives whole: animals, plants, trees, whatever makes our lives so beautiful."

Quote from Malkhaz Songulashvili The Eucharistic table is about the boundary-less love of Christ.

A boudaryless love

Malkhaz Songulashvili

"The Eucharistic table is about the boundary-less love of Christ."

Quote from Lisa Thomas Prince Drawing from my practice of meditation, I can take a step back from my own reactions and words.

Our mind is like a mind jar that needs to learn to pause before responding

Lisa Thomas Prince

"Drawing from my practice of meditation, I can take a step back from my own reactions and words."

Quote from Holly Roach Knight In contemplative activism it's helpful to discern when it's my egoic need to be heard or seen or when it's the right time to speak.

Discerning when it’s the right time to speak, the kairos time

Holly Roach Knight

"In contemplative activism it's helpful to discern when it's my egoic need to be heard or seen or when it's the right time to speak."

Quote from Bill Pelke I learned the most important lesson in life was about forgiveness. It makes life worth living.

A life of forgiveness, a life worth living

Bill Pelke

"I learned the most important lesson in life was about forgiveness. It makes life worth living."

Quote from John Dear We can all cultivate interior nonviolence.

Cultivate love for ourself

John Dear

"We can all cultivate interior nonviolence."

Quote from Brian McLaren

I want to be nonviolent as far as I possible can

Brian McLaren

Quote from Arno Michaelis When I changed my lens and put one that sees the best in all human beings, it changed the way that I experienced the world.

Seeing the world differently

Arno Michaelis

"When I changed my lens and put one that sees the best in all human beings, it changed the way that I experienced the world."

Quote from Ramez Salamé For dialog to be fruitful, it’s necessary to admit where I was wrong and try to fix that.

Being able to say I’m sorry

Ramez Salamé

"For dialog to be fruitful, it’s necessary to admit where I was wrong and try to fix that."

Quote from Assaad Chaftari Violence is useless! 
Try to dialogue again and again!

Dialog again and again

Assaad Chaftari

"Violence is useless!
Try to dialogue again and again!"

Quote from John Dear We are sisters and brothers of every human being on the planet. We are all one.

Sister and brother of very human being

John Dear

"We are sisters and brothers of every human being on the planet. We are all one."

Quote from Andrew Newberg The enlightenment experience changes the way we think and understand the world.

The enlightenment experience changes our life

Andrew Newberg

"The enlightenment experience changes the way we think and understand the world."

Quote from Cynthia Borgeault The spiritual path takes us from preoccupation with self to a capacity to see as part of the universal whole.

The journey from self to part of the whole

Cynthia Borgeault

"The spiritual path takes us from preoccupation with self to a capacity to see as part of the universal whole."

Quote from Brian McLaren The dualistic mindset is deeply embedded into us.
We can develop a new way of seeing, a mature way of seeing.

Dualism separates us

Brian McLaren

"The dualistic mindset is deeply embedded into us.
We can develop a new way of seeing, a mature way of seeing."

Quote from Don Mosley By working with thousands of refugees, we have discovered that all the differences became less and less significant.

Letting those old ideas of politics, racism and religious becomes less significant

Don Mosley

"By working with thousands of refugees, we have discovered that all the differences became less and less significant."

Quote from Robert Enright There are two paradoxes in forgiveness:
You give goodness to someone who don't deserve it and you can become emotionally healed.

When you forgive, you become stronger

Robert Enright

"There are two paradoxes in forgiveness:
You give goodness to someone who don't deserve it and you can become emotionally healed."

Quote from Richard Davidson When we have a sense of spirituality we are focused more on others than on ourselves and that is an important ingredient to well-being.

A sense of spirituality

Richard Davidson

"When we have a sense of spirituality we are focused more on others than on ourselves and that is an important ingredient to well-being."

Quote from Arun Gandhi Love can transform people when criticism can't.

Love transforms

Arun Gandhi

"Love can transform people when criticism can't."

Quote from Marina Cantacuzino Some people express forgiveness as

Meaning making means your stories has a purpose

Marina Cantacuzino

"Some people express forgiveness as "The gift in the wound"."

Quote from Richard Rohr Once you see that your scapegoating of another race or group or person
has nothing to do with truth and reality, it's very hard to continue to do it.

Enlightenment and awareness as a cure to the lie

Richard Rohr

"Once you see that your scapegoating of another race or group or person
has nothing to do with truth and reality, it's very hard to continue to do it."

Quote from Jacques Besson The more you are evolved in the evolution of life, the more you are able to inhibit your drives and your behaviors.

Nonviolence is the achievement of violence

Jacques Besson

"The more you are evolved in the evolution of life, the more you are able to inhibit your drives and your behaviors."

Quote from Louise “Coffee” Worth The positive approach of nonviolence has been a big thing in my life!

A tribute to Coffee Worth – a life of joy

Louise “Coffee” Worth

"The positive approach of nonviolence has been a big thing in my life!"

Quote from Dave Andrews The challenge is to discover what affirms and negates of compassion for the other in our own religion.

Finding freedom with one’s own religion

Dave Andrews

"The challenge is to discover what affirms and negates of compassion for the other in our own religion."

Quote from John Dear The word

Nonviolence a word that has not been copted by the culture of violence

John Dear

"The word "nonviolence" carries deeper meaning for us today than the words "peace" and "love"."

Quote from Holly Roach Knight Through contemplation, I want to be able to transform oppression rather than cut it out like a cancer.

Being transformed – Wholeness of all humanity

Holly Roach Knight

"Through contemplation, I want to be able to transform oppression rather than cut it out like a cancer."

Quote from Brian McLaren When I experience life as connection, I am forced to face the problems that we all share.

Running away to what’s connecting me to the others

Brian McLaren

"When I experience life as connection, I am forced to face the problems that we all share."

Quote from Curtiss Paul Deyoung It's important to be able to see through the eyes of the other.

Crossing bridges

Curtiss Paul Deyoung

"It's important to be able to see through the eyes of the other."

Quote from Sharon Booth The ability to empathize can be a really powerful positive force.

Empathy: a strong emotion to have

Sharon Booth

"The ability to empathize can be a really powerful positive force."

Quote from Joseph Tizhe Kwaha What peace has not brought, violence will not bring it.

Peace is everything

Joseph Tizhe Kwaha

"What peace has not brought, violence will not bring it."

Quote from Ziad Fahed I discovered the reality that violence is never a solution. I met peace builders who showed me by their exemple the way to peace.

Leaving violence – choosing a way of peace

Ziad Fahed

"I discovered the reality that violence is never a solution. I met peace builders who showed me by their exemple the way to peace."

Quote from Cynthia Borgeault When the attention is in the heart, you simply are compassionate.

Heart seeing

Cynthia Borgeault

"When the attention is in the heart, you simply are compassionate."

Quote from Assaad Chaftari Unfortunately Christianity became a title to define myself with or my people. But it should be a way of living a life of love.

When religion becomes a social identity

Assaad Chaftari

"Unfortunately Christianity became a title to define myself with or my people. But it should be a way of living a life of love."

Quote from Ramez Salamé This battle of changing myself is is a battle which has to be won by every generation, it cannot be won once for all.

Every generation has to won this battle to change ourself

Ramez Salamé

"This battle of changing myself is is a battle which has to be won by every generation, it cannot be won once for all."

Quote from Richard Davidson Simply being around another person who radiate with these positive qualities is an important ingredient in and of itself in promoting this positive change in others.

The power of social learning

Richard Davidson

"Simply being around another person who radiate with these positive qualities is an important ingredient in and of itself in promoting this positive change in others."

Quote from Markus Gamache When Jesus talked about loving your enemy, did he ever think about the Boko Haram crisis?

Our common humanity: a gift to share

Markus Gamache

"When Jesus talked about loving your enemy, did he ever think about the Boko Haram crisis?"

Quote from Hajiya Binta Bakari I work with victims of Boko Haram, both Muslim and Christian.  Forgiveness is what make us move forward.

When forgiveness walks in a place

Hajiya Binta Bakari

"I work with victims of Boko Haram, both Muslim and Christian. Forgiveness is what make us move forward."

Quote from Bill Pelke When my heart was touched with love and compassion, I no longer pictured the violent murder of my grandmother. I pictured how she lived 
and what a beautiful person she was.

Compassion and love’s healing power

Bill Pelke

"When my heart was touched with love and compassion, I no longer pictured the violent murder of my grandmother. I pictured how she lived
and what a beautiful person she was."

Quote from Sami Awad Fear is like shackles that are holding me. It's like a prison.

Being entangled by fear

Sami Awad

"Fear is like shackles that are holding me. It's like a prison."

Quote from Maria J Stephan We found that the nonviolent campaigns were twice as effective historically as the violent campaigns.

Nonviolence: a solid way to make peace

Maria J Stephan

"We found that the nonviolent campaigns were twice as effective historically as the violent campaigns."

Quote from Brian McLaren What we cultivate in our inner life is what we will see in our outer world.

What we cultivate in our inner world is what we will see in our outer world

Brian McLaren

"What we cultivate in our inner life is what we will see in our outer world."

Quote from Itaf Awad I used to be very angry. I couldn't help myself and my people. Then I found peace inside of me and now I can share it.

Contemplate the world and what is inside of me

Itaf Awad

"I used to be very angry. I couldn't help myself and my people. Then I found peace inside of me and now I can share it."

Quote from Richard Rohr We can connect to our source and say:

Reconnect to your source, choose love

Richard Rohr

"We can connect to our source and say: "I choose love"."

Quote from Shaul Judelman My own anger:
How much does it votes for me?
How it chooses how I see people?

Fear how much does it votes for me?

Shaul Judelman

"My own anger:
How much does it votes for me?
How it chooses how I see people?"

Quote from Alize Jireh Yaccino It's important to let the fear go, to talk with people, to listen to their stories. It's the only way to understand the truth.

Going beyond what I think those people were

Alize Jireh Yaccino

"It's important to let the fear go, to talk with people, to listen to their stories. It's the only way to understand the truth."

Quote from Jacques Besson Apathy is a central symptom in depression and depression is a cardinal symptom of the crisis of civilization.

Apathy: a state of indifference or concern about something

Jacques Besson

"Apathy is a central symptom in depression and depression is a cardinal symptom of the crisis of civilization."

Quote from Ali Abu Awwad Nonviolence is an art.
To be nonviolent is to be an artist of your humanity.

Be an artist of your humanity

Ali Abu Awwad

"Nonviolence is an art.
To be nonviolent is to be an artist of your humanity."

Quote from Marina Cantacuzino Forgiveness means freedom.

Finding freedom in forgiveness

Marina Cantacuzino

"Forgiveness means freedom."

Quote from Lori Gustafson The practice of looking for a moment during the day that just recalling it brings a smile.

Recalling it brings a smile

Lori Gustafson

"The practice of looking for a moment during the day that just recalling it brings a smile."

Quote from Malkhaz Songulashvili If it is possible to reconcile people in my heart, it should be possible to reconcile people in real life.

The field that knows no boundaries

Malkhaz Songulashvili

"If it is possible to reconcile people in my heart, it should be possible to reconcile people in real life."

Quote from Arno Michaelis I needed to see empathy demonstrated to understand it.

Welcoming ourself, welcoming the other

Arno Michaelis

"I needed to see empathy demonstrated to understand it."

Quote from John Dear Desmond Tutu told me:

The emotional life of nonviolence – Grief and joy

John Dear

"Desmond Tutu told me:
"I've spent my whole life weeping and my whole life laughing".
That's the emotional life of nonviolence."

Quote from angel Kyodo williams So that spirituality however you say reconnects us to the relationship with our own breath, with the spirit, with the vibrant force of life.

Spirituality reconnects us to our own breath

angel Kyodo williams

"So that spirituality however you say reconnects us to the relationship with our own breath, with the spirit, with the vibrant force of life."

Quote from Andrew Newberg In our reseach, we found that faith is perhaps one of the best things that you can have or do as far as your brain is concerned.

Faith

Andrew Newberg

"In our reseach, we found that faith is perhaps one of the best things that you can have or do as far as your brain is concerned."

Quote from Richard Rohr The primary addiction of human beings is that we are addicted to our own way of thinking.

The primary addiction of human beings

Richard Rohr

"The primary addiction of human beings is that we are addicted to our own way of thinking."

Quote from Andres Gonzales We have the tools within us to be happy. Let's go inside of ourselves and just be present.

Let’s go inside of ourselves

Andres Gonzales

"We have the tools within us to be happy. Let's go inside of ourselves and just be present."

Quote from Louise “Coffee” Worth I learned that I can make a statement no matter where.

I made a statement

Louise “Coffee” Worth

"I learned that I can make a statement no matter where."

Quote from Sami Awad When fear takes over as an individual or a community, it completely limits and closes the possibility for anything moving forward.

Fear is the catalyst

Sami Awad

"When fear takes over as an individual or a community, it completely limits and closes the possibility for anything moving forward."

Quote from Richard Davidson The brain is constantly being shaped wittingly or unwittingly. Let's all take more responsability for the shaping of our own brains.

Cultivate a healthy habit of mind

Richard Davidson

"The brain is constantly being shaped wittingly or unwittingly. Let's all take more responsability for the shaping of our own brains."

Quote from Arun Gandhi Don't put peace in a gold box, let peace interact with all the elements and soon it will spread.

Let peace interacts with all the element

Arun Gandhi

"Don't put peace in a gold box, let peace interact with all the elements and soon it will spread."

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