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ROOT CHAKRA Muladhara, 1st Chakra
A trembling in the bones may carry a more convincing testimony than the dry documented deductions of the brain.
~Llewelyn Powers
There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.
~Elizabeth A. Behnke
I think we may safely trust a good deal more than we do.
~Henry David Thoreau
Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.
~Henry Miller
Every man is the builder of a Temple called his body, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead.
~Henry David Thoreau
The body never lies.
~Martha Graham
What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.
~Aldous Huxley
Surely a man needs a closed place wherein he may strike root and, like the seed, become. But also he needs the great Milky Way above him and the vast sea spaces, though neither stars nor ocean serve his daily needs.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert
To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.
~Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
SACRAL CHAKRA Svadhisthana, 2nd Chakra
To give vent now and then to his feelings, whether of pleasure or discontent, is a great ease to a man's heart.
~Francesco Guicciardini
Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.
~Alfred Adler
Let's not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.
~Vincent Van Gogh, 1889
What is commonly called love, namely the desire of satisfying a voracious appetite with a certain quantity of delicate white human flesh.
~Henry Fielding
Sex is emotion in motion.
~Mae West
Love's mysteries in souls do grow,
But yet the body is his book.

~John Donne, Extasy
Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body.
~Irene Claremont de Castillejo
The tragedy is when you've got sex in the head instead of down where it belongs.
~D.H. Lawrence
The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie.
~Agnes de Mille
Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather.
~Martha Graham
Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
~Carl G. Jung
Socrates learned to dance when he was seventy because he felt that an essential part of himself had been neglected.
~Source Unknown
Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states.
~Carol Welch
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.
~Benjamin Disraeli
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA Manipura, 3rd Chakra
No man is free who is not a master of himself.
They are the weakest, however strong, who have no faith in themselves or their own powers.
~Christian Bovee
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
~Henry S. Haskins, Meditations in Wall Street, 1940, commonly misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson (Thanks, Garson O'Toole!)
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie
Which we ascribe to heaven.

~William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
~Edmund Hillary
Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
~Louisa May Alcott
Chiefly the mold of a man's fortune is in his own hands.
~Francis Bacon
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
~Eleanor Roosevelt
It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not.
~Author Unknown
The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.
~Lady Bird Johnson
Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right.
~Henry Ford
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Put your future in good hands - your own.
~Author Unknown
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
The words "I am" are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you're claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.
~A.L. Kitselman
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
~Anaïs Nin, Diary, 1969
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
~Michael Jordan
If you doubt yourself, then indeed you stand on shaky ground.
~Henrik Ibsen
Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.
~Michel de Montaigne
If I am not for myself, who will be?
~Pirke Avoth
Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.
~Henry Van Dyke, The Prison and the Angel
The greatest hazard of all, losing one's self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss - an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. - is sure to be noticed.
~The Sickness Unto Death
We are sure to be losers when we quarrel with ourselves; it is civil war.
~Charles Caleb Colton
A wise man never loses anything if he have himself.
~Michel de Montaigne, translated
Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, "This I am today; that I will be tomorrow."
~Louis L'Amour
Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they will not apply themselves to me.
~Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1588
I am,
a king,
because I know how
to rule myself.

~Pietro Aretino, 10 May 1537
Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got.
~Janis Joplin
The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose.
~Richard Grant
He who knows others is learned;He who knows himself is wise.
~Lao-tzu, Tao te Ching
Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.
~Shakti Gawain
You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.
~Irene C. Kassorla
Life is the sum of all your choices.
~Albert Camus
HEART CHAKRA Anahata, 4th Chakra
When your heart speaks, take good notes.
~Judith Campbell
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
~William Shakespeare
The body is a big sagacity, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a flock and a shepherd.
~Friedrich Nietzsche
The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.
~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
~Dalai Lama
If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
~Bob Hope
Kindness is the greatest wisdom.
~Author Unknown
The first and highest law must be the love of man to man. Homo homini Deus est - this is the supreme practical maxim, this is the turning point of the world's History.
~Ludwig Feuerbach, The Essence of Christianity
The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around.... Throughout history, "tender loving care" has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing.
~Larry Dossey
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
~Mother Teresa
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.

~William Shakespeare, Mid-Summer Night's Dream, 1595
Who, being loved, is poor?
~Oscar Wilde
A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.
~Frank A. Clark
Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
~Jean Anouilh
Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
~Henry Van Dyke
A bell is no bell 'til you ring it,
A song is no song 'til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay -
Love isn’t love
'Til you give it away.

~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music, "You Are Sixteen (Reprise)"
(Thanks, Krystel)
It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves.
~John Bulwer
Love never reasons but profusely gives; gives, like a thoughtless prodigal, its all, and trembles lest it has done too little.
~Hannah More
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
~Zora Neale Hurston
Love is the poetry of the senses.
~Honoré de Balzac
A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.
~Latin Proverb
What "love" is I don't know if it's not the response of our deepest natures to one another.
~William Carlos Williams
Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.
~Jesse Jackson
It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
~Author Unknown
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
~Mark Twain
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.
There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life - reciprocity.
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
~George Washington Carver
You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
~John Wooden
If those who owe us nothing gave us nothing, how poor we would be.
~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
~Leo Buscaglia
A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.
~Chinese Proverb
Open your heart - open it wide; someone is standing outside.
~Quoted in Believe: A Christmas Treasury by Mary Engelbreit
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
~Og Mandino
I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.
~William Penn
THROAT CHAKRA Vishudha, 5th Chakra
No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
~Henry Brooks Adams, The Education of Henry Adams, 1907
To speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.
~Ben Jonson
The eloquent man is he who is no beautiful speaker, but who is inwardly and desperately drunk with a certain belief.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.
~Winston Churchill
The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie.
~Agnes de Mille
There is in a man an upwelling spring of life, energy, love, whatever you like to call it. If a course is not cut for it, it turns the ground round it into a swamp.
~Mark Rutherford (William Hale White), More Pages from a Journal, 1910
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
Talking is like playing on the harp; there is as much in laying the hands on the strings to stop their vibration as in twanging them to bring out their music.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't being said.
~Author Unknown
Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them.
~Author Unknown
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
~William Wordsworth
To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music the words make.
~Truman Capote, McCall's, November 1967
If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.
~Lord Byron
Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. The chasm is never completely bridged. We all have the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper.
~Isaac Bashevis Singer
Every word born of an inner necessity - writing must never be anything else.
~Etty Hillesum, quoted in Ten Fun Things to Do Before You Die by Karol Jackowski
A writer's mind seems to be situated partly in the solar plexus and partly in the head.
~Ethel Wilson
Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes.
~Theodore Dreiser, 1900
Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.
~Rainer Maria Rilke
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
~Henry Ward Beecher
Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
~Amy Lowell
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.
~Georgia O'Keeffe
Art is your personal diary where you may color your thoughts and emotions on a page.
~Sara, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
~Mark Twain
The truth needs so little rehearsal.
~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
BROW CHAKRA Ajna, 6th Chakra
We have five senses in which we glory and which we recognize and celebrate, senses that constitute the sensible world for us. But there are other senses - secret senses, sixth senses, if you will - equally vital, but unrecognized, and unlauded.
~Oliver Sacks
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
~Henry David Thoreau
Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
~Benjamin Spock, Baby and Child Care, 1977
Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.
~Florence Scovel Shinn
Reasoning at every step he treads,
Man yet mistakes his way,
Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads,
Are rarely known to stray.

~William Cowper
There is a wisdom of the head, and... a wisdom of the heart.
~Charles Dickens
The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have.
~John Locke, 16 May 1699
Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.
~Billy Wilder
Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.
~Michael Burke
Instinct is intelligence incapable of self-consciousness.
~John Sterling
Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.
~Joyce Brothers
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.
~Theodore Geisel
CROWN CHAKRA Sahasrara, 7th Chakra
Beyond my body my veins are invisible.
~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it, and live along some distant day into the answer.
~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
It is only when we silent the blaring sounds of our daily existence that we can finally hear the whispers of truth that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking on the doorsteps of our hearts.
~K.T. Jong
It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.
~Robert M. Pirsig
God, why do I storm heaven for answers that are already in my heart? Every grace I need has already been given me. Oh, lead me to the Beyond within.
~Macrina Wieherkehr
There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away.
~Henry Ward Beecher
Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.
~Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
Not all those who wander are lost.
~J.R.R. Tolkien
We can be Knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.
~Michel de Montaigne
Wisdom begins at the end.
~Daniel Webster
Patience is the companion of wisdom.
~St. Augustine
Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.
~Josh Billings
There is no god higher than truth.
~Mahatma Gandhi
Before enlightenment - chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment - chop wood, carry water.
~Zen Buddhist Proverb
Our bodies are our gardens - our wills are our gardeners.
~William Shakespeare
What fools indeed we morals are
To lavish care upon a Car,
With ne'er a bit of time to see
About our own machinery!

~John Kendrick Bangs
Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other.
~Henry David Thoreau
The... patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life. Don't take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.
~Quentin Regestein
Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;... and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man.
~James H. West
Yet this is health: To have a body functioning so perfectly that when its few simple needs are met it never calls attention to its own existence.
~Bertha Stuart Dyment
Enough is as good as a feast.
~English Proverb
Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
~Confucius, Analects
The human body is a machine which winds its own springs.
~Julien Offroy de la Mettrie, L'Homme Machine
Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.
~Aldous Huxley
If the mind, that rules the body, ever so far forgets itself as to trample on its slave, the slave is never generous enough to forgive the injury, but will rise and smite the oppressor.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Some patients I see are actually draining into their bodies the diseased thoughts of their minds.
~Zacharty Bercovitz
The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system.
~Robert C. Peale
The greatest wealth is health.
The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.

~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.
~Irish Proverb
Water, air, and cleanliness are the chief articles in my pharmacopoeia.
I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more.
~Henry Ward Beecher
Know, then, whatever cheerful and serene
Supports the mind supports the body too.

~John Armstrong
Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well.
~Marcus Valerius Martial
He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
~Arabian Proverb
Joy and Temperance and Repose
Slam the door on the doctor's nose.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We live longer than our forefathers; but we suffer more from a thousand artificial anxieties and cares. They fatigued only the muscles, we exhaust the finer strength of the nerves.
~Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it.
~Harry Emerson Fosdick
A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
~Aesop, Fables
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
~Lao Tzu