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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.
"It is possible to increase a person's empathy and compassion."
"We choose one side, and once you choose it, you prefer it."
"We love peace and life."
"Dialogue creates that empathy for the other side."
"Forgiveness is offered from a position of strength, not weakness."
"Nonviolence breaks their narrative of who I am to them."
"Let us anchor ourselves in compassion and forgiveness to be able to address these very serious problems we face as a human race."
"When we love each other, we are practicing our religion."
"Learning how to deal with our anger is the first major step in practicing nonviolence."
"The brain is a living thing, a marvellous organ which is new every day."
"Pour in love in a heart full of hatred, that heart will be melted."
"We reached a point where fear is not our friend any longer. It will not save us any longer."
"The contemplative builds our capacity to sit with adverse emotions, not judge them but be present to them."
"Prayer is when you recognise you don't know what to do."
"Nonviolence can be internalized to a very deep degree."
"Peace is the key to life."
"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."
"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."
"I discovered that the others had names and that I could use their names to speak of them."
"Dialogue opens oneself."
"When we listen to the others, we develop a softening attitude toward them."
"Through forgiveness we offer goodness of some kind: kindness, respect, generosity or love."
"The forgiveness process sort of dissipates that weight, that negative energy and emotions and changes it around."
"Spirituality and action have to go together."
"The whole purpose of making the peace with oneself is so that we can be useful in the world."
"Forgiveness should be a habit, a way of life to just keep on forgiving."
"I can think of several critical spiritual experiences where I had to learn how to grow into."
"We can learn to forgive."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"The contemplative has given me this ability to wait."
"If you're holding grudges, you will be in pain. But once you let that go you will receive healing."
"I started this long process of change by looking in the mirror of myself. I'm not done yet."
"Children use us as a mirror. Let us show children what love and empathy are all about."
"In pure presence there's no problem to solve.
It just is what it is, what it is, what it is."
"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."
"The Eucharistic table is about the boundary-less love of Christ."
"Drawing from my practice of meditation, I can take a step back from my own reactions and words."
"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."
"I learned the most important lesson in life was about forgiveness. It makes life worth living."
"We can all cultivate interior nonviolence."
"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."
"For dialog to be fruitful, it’s necessary to admit where I was wrong and try to fix that."
"Violence is useless!
Try to dialogue again and again!"
"We are sisters and brothers of every human being on the planet. We are all one."
"The enlightenment experience changes the way we think and understand the world."
"The spiritual path takes us from preoccupation with self to a capacity to see as part of the universal whole."
"The dualistic mindset is deeply embedded into us.
We can develop a new way of seeing, a mature way of seeing."
"By working with thousands of refugees, we have discovered that all the differences became less and less significant."
"There are two paradoxes in forgiveness:
You give goodness to someone who don't deserve it and you can become emotionally healed."
"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."
"Love can transform people when criticism can't."
"Some people express forgiveness as "The gift in the wound"."
"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."
"The more you are evolved in the evolution of life, the more you are able to inhibit your drives and your behaviors."
"The positive approach of nonviolence has been a big thing in my life!"
"The challenge is to discover what affirms and negates of compassion for the other in our own religion."
"The word "nonviolence" carries deeper meaning for us today than the words "peace" and "love"."
"Through contemplation, I want to be able to transform oppression rather than cut it out like a cancer."
"When I experience life as connection, I am forced to face the problems that we all share."
"It's important to be able to see through the eyes of the other."
"The ability to empathize can be a really powerful positive force."
"What peace has not brought, violence will not bring it."
"I discovered the reality that violence is never a solution. I met peace builders who showed me by their exemple the way to peace."
"When the attention is in the heart, you simply are compassionate."
"Unfortunately Christianity became a title to define myself with or my people. But it should be a way of living a life of love."
"This battle of changing myself is is a battle which has to be won by every generation, it cannot be won once for all."
"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."
"When Jesus talked about loving your enemy, did he ever think about the Boko Haram crisis?"
"I work with victims of Boko Haram, both Muslim and Christian. Forgiveness is what make us move forward."
"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."
"Fear is like shackles that are holding me. It's like a prison."
"We found that the nonviolent campaigns were twice as effective historically as the violent campaigns."
"What we cultivate in our inner life is what we will see in our outer world."
"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."
"We can connect to our source and say: "I choose love"."
"My own anger:
How much does it votes for me?
How it chooses how I see people?"
"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."
"Apathy is a central symptom in depression and depression is a cardinal symptom of the crisis of civilization."
"Nonviolence is an art.
To be nonviolent is to be an artist of your humanity."
"Forgiveness means freedom."
"The practice of looking for a moment during the day that just recalling it brings a smile."
"If it is possible to reconcile people in my heart, it should be possible to reconcile people in real life."
"I needed to see empathy demonstrated to understand it."
"Desmond Tutu told me:
"I've spent my whole life weeping and my whole life laughing".
That's the emotional life of nonviolence."
"So that spirituality however you say reconnects us to the relationship with our own breath, with the spirit, with the vibrant force of life."
"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."
"The primary addiction of human beings is that we are addicted to our own way of thinking."
"We have the tools within us to be happy. Let's go inside of ourselves and just be present."
"I learned that I can make a statement no matter where."
"When fear takes over as an individual or a community, it completely limits and closes the possibility for anything moving forward."
"The brain is constantly being shaped wittingly or unwittingly. Let's all take more responsability for the shaping of our own brains."
"Don't put peace in a gold box, let peace interact with all the elements and soon it will spread."