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    A leader is a person who must take special responsibility for what's going on inside of himself or herself ... lest the act of leadership create more harm than good.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    Connection and connectedness are other words for community and communion.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: community 
     
    Community doesn't just create abundance - community is abundance. If we could learn that equation from the world of nature, the human world might be transformed.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    Community cannot take root in a divided life. Long before community assumes external shape and form, it must be present as seed in the undivided self: only as we are in communion with ourselves can we find community with others. Community is an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible grace, the flowing of personal identity and integrity into the world of relationships.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    At its deepest level, I think teaching is about bringing people into communion with each other, with yourself as the teacher, and with the subject you are teaching.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: people  teaching 
     
    I believe that movements start when individuals who feel very isolated and very alone in the midst of an alien culture, come in touch with something life-giving in the midst of a death-dealing situation. They make one of the most basic decisions a human being can make, which I have come to call the decision to live "divided no more," the decision to no longer act differently on the outside than one knows one's truth to be on the inside
    — Parker J. Palmer
    The people who help us grow toward true self offer unconditional love, neither judging us to be deficient nor trying to force us to change but accepting us exactly as we are. And yet this unconditional love does not lead us to rest on our laurels. Instead, it surrounds us with a charged force field that makes us want to grow from the inside out - a force field that is safe enough to take the risks and endure the failures that growth requires.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    I now know myself to be a person of weakness and strength, liability and giftedness, darkness and light. I now know that to be whole means to reject none of it but to embrace all of it.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    Storytelling has always been at the heart of being human because it serves some of our most basic needs: passing along our traditions, confessing failings, healing wounds, engendering hope, strengthening our sense of community.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    Leadership is a concept we often resist. It seems immodest, even self-aggrandizing, to think of ourselves as leaders. But if it is true that we are part of a community, then leadership is everyone's vocation, and it can be an evasion to insist that it is not. When we live in the close-knit ecosystem called community, everyone follows and everyone leads.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    Self-care is never a selfish act - it is only good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: earth  gift 
     
    We are here not only to transform the world but also to be transformed.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: world 
     
    One of the hardest things we must do sometimes is to be present to another person's pain without trying to "fix" it, to simply stand respectfully at the edge of that person's mystery and misery.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: pain  present  mystery  misery 
     
    The deeper our faith, the more doubt we must endure; the deeper our hope, the more prone we are to despair; the deeper our love, the more pain its loss will bring: these are a few of the paradoxes we must hold as human beings. If we refuse to hold them in the hopes of living without doubt, despair, and pain, we also find ourselves living without faith, hope, and love.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: pain  living  loss  human  despair  doubt  faith  hope 
     
    Community is a place where the connections felt in our hearts make themselves known in the bonds between people, and where the tuggings and pullings of those bonds keep opening our hearts.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: people  heart  community 
     
    Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks-we will also find our path of authentic service in the world.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: joy  world  human  service  authentic  path 
     
    Some journeys are direct, and some are circuitous; some are heroic, and some are fearful and muddled. But every journey, honestly undertaken, stands a chance of taking us toward the place where our deep gladness meets the world's deep need
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: chance  world  journey 
     
    The human soul doesn't want to be fixed, it simply wants to be seen and heard. The soul is like a wild animal - tough, resilient and shy. When we go crashing through the woods shouting for it to come out so we can help it, the soul will stay in hiding. But if we are willing to sit quietly and wait for a while, the soul may show itself.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: animals  human  soul  help  wild 
     
    Opposing what's wrong is a halfway measure at best. A rebel must also have a vision for something better, a strategy for moving toward that vision and a capacity to rally and join with others in achieving it. If the anger that drives rebellion is not transformed into the hope that inspires movement communities, it will do more harm than good.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    I want to learn how to hold the paradoxical poles of my identity together, to embrace the profoundly opposite truths that my sense of self is deeply dependent on others dancing with me and that I still have a sense of self when no one wants to dance.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: truth  self  identity  learn  dance 
     
    We think it's about little techniques and tricks, but techniques only take you so far. We need teachers who care about kids, who care about what they teach, and who can communicate with kids.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: care  kids 
     
    Each time a door closes, the rest of the world opens up.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: time  world 
     
    Everybody is on a lifelong journey toward trying to live more deeply. There is nobody who can say, "Well, I've got that one checked off my to-do list." We have to be honest with ourselves about where we are on this journey and about the difficulty of living in our own identities and integrity.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life. Knowing this gives me hope that human wholeness - mine, yours, ours - need not be a utopian dream, if we can use devastation as a seedbed for new life
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: human  knowing  hope  dreams 
     
    The highest form of love is the love that allows for intimacy without the annihilation of difference.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: intimacy 
     
    Spirituality is not primarily about values and ethics, not about exhortations to do right or live well. The spiritual traditions are primarily about reality...an effort to penetrate the illusions of the external world and to name its underlying truth.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    If we want to grow as teachers - we must do something alien to academic culture: we must talk to each other about our inner lives - risky stuff in a profession that fears the personal and seeks safety in the technical, the distant, the abstract.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    It is because as we are, our hearts are closed, and we cannot place the holy words in our hearts. So we place them on top of our hearts. And there they stay until, one day, the heart breaks and the words fall in.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: heart  holy 
     
    The spiritual life is about becoming more at home in your own skin.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: spiritual 
     
    For me, teaching is about weaving a web of connectedness between myself, my students, the subject I'm teaching, and the larger world.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: world  teaching 
     
    Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    We need a coat with two pockets. In one pocket there is dust, and in the other pocket there is gold. We need a coat with two pockets to remind us who we are.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    By surviving passages of doubt and depression on the vocational journey, I have become clear about at least one thing: self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: live  depression  self  journey  earth  true  doubt  care  gift 
     
    The ancient human question 'Who am I?' leads inevitably to the equally important question 'Whose am I?' - for there is no self outside of relationship.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    I like to say that before we can create an external space in which to receive people, we have to create an internal space in which to receive them.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: people  space 
     
    Violence is what happens when we don't know what else to do with our suffering.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    I will always have fears, but I need not be my fears, for I have other places within myself from which to speak and act.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: fear 
     
    We are exploring together. We are cultivating a garden together, backs to the sun. The question is a hoe in our hands and we are digging beneath the hard and crusty surface to the rich humus of our lives.
    — Parker J. Palmer
    tags: live  questions  garden 
     
    Disabused of our illusions by much travel and travail, we awaken one day to find that the sacred center is here and now - in every moment of the journey, everywhere in the world around us, and deep within our own hearts.
    — Parker J. Palmer
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