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“An intimate relationship is one in which neither party silences, sacrifices, or betrays the self and each party expresses strength and vulnerability, weakness and competence in a balanced way.”   Harriet Lerner
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“Look closely at the present you are constructing: 
it should look like the future you are dreaming.”

Alice Walker

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If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment and inexplicable grief. --Brene Brown
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We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection. 
Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each of them--we can only love others as much as we love ourselves. 
Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.

From The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
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"I have a wild streak in me. But my wildness has always come out of finding who I am. Not following anybody else's agenda. Not trying to please the ego. But to be true to who, in my soul, I am." ~ Marion Woodman
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"Let a new earth rise. Let another world be born. Let a bloody peace be written in the sky. Let a second generation full of courage issue forth; let a people loving freedom come to growth."
~ Margaret Walker "For My People"
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Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relived with some play and pure foolishness.

May Sarton


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