Quotes That Make My Soul Sing #16

“I was once why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”

Mother Teresa

This was the third quote I used in Letters from a Better Me because it’s how I recognized the power and importance of representing what I stand for. If I put my energy into what I’m against, I contribute to the very energy that makes that collective energy stronger. When I speak out of rage and revenge, it’s the energy inside of me. If I’m not projecting inner peace, I’m not contributing to peace outside of myself. I’m only accountable and responsible for the energy I’m projecting, so the question becomes: What do I really want to create more of? I work on in my relationships, home community, writing, and interactions on social media.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff, Author of Letters from a Better Me

@fromalovingplace

Quotes That Make My Soul Sing #14

“If the house is crooked and crumbling, and the land on which it sits uneven, is it possible to make anything lie straight?”

Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers

I was in a creative non-Fiction writing workshop course when I read these powerful words. It was 2015 and I was just about to graduate Eckerd College. Who knew that this one line from a book about life in Mumbai would be what inspired me to dig deep to work on myself. That’s why it’s one of the three quotes I use in my first published book, Letters from a Better Me, and I’ve used it in the past on this blog. I kept trying to build houses on land that was unstable. I would make things look pretty on the surface, while the inside of my house was crumbling. I kept patching up the house to cover things up, but not fixing the real problems. I had to go deeper down to the fundamental beliefs that were making my foundation unstable and re-build from there. So many blessings have come to me since I began this amazing journey. The work hasn’t always been easy, but definitely worth it.

With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff, Author of Letters from a Better Me

@fromalovingplace

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Quotes That Make My Soul Sing #13

“The other side of resisting fear is freedom.”

Tara Brach, PH.D., Radical Acceptance

In a world of avoidance, there is great pain. Pain to our bodies, minds, souls, and relationships with both ourselves and others. Even our relationship with the God of our understanding becomes a prison when we resist what is really going on inside of us. I’ve discovered that my feelings are there for a reason. Fear is not my enemy, but my pathway to seeing myself more clearly. Discovering the difference between feeling my feelings without living in the energy of those painful feelings has set me free. Living in repetitive stories of fear, kept me prisoner. When I face the feeling of fear, the fear lessens. I then have the clarity I need to make healthy decisions. My friend Sarah once told me, “The instructions to get out of the box are on the outside of the box.” Understanding that I had to get out of my story, allow myself to feel, and step out of the box, has helped me to make healthier decisions for myself, which then benefits all the relationships in my life.

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With Love and Gratitude,

Rachael Wolff, Author of Letters from a Better Me

@fromalovingplace