Ripples
Every Monday since 1999, Paul has been sending out Ripples, an email containing two upbeat quotes submitted by readers (Pebble, Boulder) and something to think about for the week (Ponder). Enjoy recent issues below, and farther down you can use the keyword cloud or search bar to dive into our archive of over 1,100 issues. Have a quote that might make a good Pebble or Boulder? Submit it here!

Ripples #1205: Catching Your Breath

PEBBLE
Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.
-Etty Hillesum, shared by Maren in Germany

BOULDER

darling one—
you precious mess—
you exhausted, grieving, hollowed, hallowed, hallelujah of a human—
today, if even for a moment, may you feel:
your own courageous beating heart
your chest rising and falling with breath
which is spirit
which is lifeforce
keeping pulse
marking time
finding space—
regardless of how you are feeling
no matter what you are capable of
or not—
and, just for a moment
may you find rest
a bit of ease, held
in that sacred rhythm
that cannot be
without you
because you, you precious mess,
have breath and heart and lifeforce
pulsing through you, yet.…
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Ripples #1192: Your YOUness

PEBBLE
Margaret, maybe the you you are is better than the one you’re trying to become?
-Bill, shared by Margaret in Williamsburg, VA (whose friend said this to her 25 years ago and to this day still finds this comment helpful when she occasionally doubts her enoughness and her fabulousness)

BOULDER

I’m laughing because I know the secret of life.…
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Ripples #1190: Settling Down

PEBBLE
Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
-Alan Watts, shared by David in Los Angeles, CA

BOULDER

Learning to drop what we’re doing, however momentarily, and to genuinely pay attention in the present moment, without attachment or bias, helps us become clear, just as a snow globe becomes clear when we stop shaking it and its flakes settle.…
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Ripples #1184: Winter Awake

PEBBLE
Plants and animals don’t fight the winter; they don’t pretend it’s not happening and attempt to carry on living the same lives they lived in the summer.…
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