Encouraging Quotes & Spiritual Transformation
Genuine encouragement within itself is a wonderful thing. When defined, “encouragement” can be seen as the act of giving someone support or confidence. When looked at even closer, and distilled down to it’s essence, we learn that “encourage” contains even more power.
‘in’ + ‘courage’ in =
to be surrounded by courage (from Latin, cor ‘heart’) =
regarded as the center of a person’s thoughts and emotions
Derived from two parts (in + heart) encourage can literally be defined as being in the center of one’s heart.
Being able to hold ourselves with a healthy sense of reverence, strength, regard, and centeredness in our pursuit of personal transformation is paramount when it comes to making the shift.
Cease the Moment
Much like the caterpillar who has woven a cocoon around himself to transform into something beautiful, now is a perfect time to cease the moment and transform our lives in more ways than one. Here are three encouraging quotes to aid in your own personal form of transformation:
1. First Allow
“If you want to shrink something, You must first allow it to expand. If you want to get rid of something, You must first allow it to flourish. If you want to take something, You must first allow it to be given. This is called the subtle perception Of the way things are.”
~Tao Te Ching, Translated by Stephen Mitchell
All too often it’s easy to resist and push unwanted things out of our lives. But as the Tao Te Ching teaches, in order to make the changes we desire we must first allow ourselves to experience the subtleties of discomfort. When we do so, we enable ourselves to expand our perceptions and learn valuable and encouraging lessons along the way.
“Transformation is not five minutes from now; it’s a present activity. In this moment you can make a different choice, and it’s these small choices and successes that build up over time to help cultivate a healthy self-image and self esteem.” ~ Jillian Michaels
The only place transformation can ever occur is in the present moment. When we decide to make a change in our life — however big — its the steady and continual minute-by-minute small actions and choices we make along the way that add up and allow us to reach our goal.
3. Surround Yourself with Mystery
“I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.” ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick
Mystery is what spiritual transformation is made of. Mystery is, in part, what controls and directs the flow of energy that surrounds us, and what’s reflected in the serendipitous relationship we hold with others and all of the universe. By encompassing ourselves in mystery and being receptive to the world around us, what we are really doing is relinquishing our need to control the flow of change. By releasing and letting go we give way for God to enter and true transformation to come forth.
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