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Joan Borysenko

  • Guilt is the teacher, love is the lesson.

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  • An ancient principle reminds us to look for salvation in the darkest, most painful parts of our lives. We emerge into the light not by denying our pain, but by walking out through it. The common turn of phrase we apply to this wonderful action of grace is: 'that was a blessing in disguise.'

  • Busy is an opportunity, not a dirty word.

  • Every act of kindness and compassion toward others gets multiplied when they, in turn, pass it on. One by one the world becomes a better place. Service is indeed the gift that keeps on giving.

  • The stereotype of aging as a progressive loss of function is generally true only for people who stop functioning.

  • Throughout the life cycle we consciously and unconsciously edit the events of our life, trying to give them meaning.

  • Have we arrived at our own faith and our own path or simply internalized the beliefs of parents, clergy, spouse, or friends?

  • Without peace of mind, life is just a shadow of its possibilities.

Joan Borysenko, U.S. psychotherapist, biologist