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 #1187: Small Sadnesses

PEBBLE
Our constant quest to micro-manage our own comfort and happiness can itself become a source of great unhappiness.
-Jeff Warren, suggested by DC in CA

BOULDER

Sadness is intrinsically part of the fabric of happiness.…
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