Last December I had the opportunity to end the year on a reflective note by going to Rozanne Lopez’s Book of Hours workshop. She showed us her daily practice of creating a book containing wisdom and artwork that she could refer to for guidance and inspiration throughout her day. Rozanne talked about how we tend to stumble upon quotes, maybe while scrolling through our Instagram feed, but this way, she told she told the group, it’s all there, mindfully curated by you for you.
I’ve been keeping different types of journals for years and I loved the idea of combining text with visuals. It gave me a chance to be creative in a different way and play without any risk. I added the practice into my morning routine and it’s been really powerful and supportive as I’ve made big changes in my life this year.
The following quotes are ones right from my very own book of hours. They continue to inspire me and keep me focused. I hope they will be valuable to you as well.
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“Being excited about what we do every day and sharing our gifts with the world is how we cultivate joy and energy.” – Deepak Chopra
“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking.” – zen proverb
“If you do not take control over your time and your life, other people will gobble it up. If you don’t prioritize yourself, you constantly start falling lower and lower on your list.” – Michelle Obama
“Success is hastened or delayed by one’s habits. It is not your passing inspirations or brilliant ideas so much as your everyday mental habits that control your life.” – Paramahansa Yogananda
“Curiosity only does one thing, and that is to give. And what it gives you are clues on the scavenger hunt of your life.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
“The next message you need is always right where you are.” – Ram Dass
“When you open your heart to discovery, you will be called to step outside the comfort barriers within which you have fortified your life. You will be called to risk old views and thoughts and to top off the circle of routine and image. This will often bring turbulence. The pendulum will fix at times on one extreme, and you will be out of balance. But your soul loves the danger of growth. In it’s own wise trust your soul will always return you to a place of real and vital equilibrium.” – John O’Donohue, Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong
“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.” – Oprah Winfrey
“If you feel conviction in your soul that what you are doing is powerful and important, then you are being given a charge and a calling. Stay focused. Stay true to yourself. Maintain your personal integrity and remember your why. The universe will give you gas for the car, you just need to get in it.” – Nicole Deggino
“Stepping onto a new path is difficult, but not more difficult that remaining in a situation which is not nurturing to the whole woman.” – Maya Angelou
“There is nothing outside of you
If you’re wanting to be heard
hear yourself first.
If you’re wanting to connect
connect with yourself first.
If you’re wanting to be respected
that too, give to yourself first.
All that you look for outside of you
asks to be given to you
Nothing is outside of you,
your kingdom of fulfilment lives within.”
– Sarah Blondin
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.” – John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings
“Release and detach from every person, every circumstance, every condition, and every situation that no longer serves a divine purpose in your life. All things have a season, and all seasons must come to an end. Choose a new season, filled with purposeful thoughts and activities.” – Iyanla Vanzant
“When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently.” – Pema Chödrön, Practicing Peace in Times of War
“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits — anything that kept me small. My judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.” – Kim McMillen
“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Let go of fear. Choose courage. Choose worth. Choose trust. Choose abundance.” – Dr. Shefali Tsabary
“Our bodies patiently persist in telling the truth. All we have to do is listen.” – Martha Beck
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffective. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no [person] could have dreamed would come [their] ways. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe