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“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.”
Christina Baldwin
“As long as we share our stories, as long as our stories reveal our strengths and vulnerabilities to each other, we reinvigorte our understanding and tolerance for the little quirks of personality that in other circumstances would drive us apart. When we live in a family, a community, a country where we know each other's true stories, we remember our capacity to lean in and love each other into wholeness.

I have read the story of a tribe in southern Africa called the Babemba in which a person doing something wrong, something that destroys this delicate social net, brings all work in the village to a halt. The people gather around the "offender," and one by one they begin to recite everything he has done right in his life: every good deed, thoughtful behavior, act of social responsibility. These things have to be true about the person, and spoken honestly, but the time-honored consequence of misbehavior is to appreciate that person back into the better part of himself. The person is given the chance to remember who he is and why he is important to the life of the village.

I want to live under such a practice of compassion. When I forget my place, when I lash out with some private wounding in a public way, I want to be remembered back into alignment with my self and my purpose. I want to live with the opportunity for reconciliation. When someone around me is thoughtless or cruel, I want to be given the chance to respond with a ritual that creates the possibility of reconnection. I want to live in a neighborhood where people don't shoot first, don't sue first, where people are Storycatchers willing to discover in strangers the mirror of themselves.”
Christina Baldwin, Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story
“When story and behavior are consistent, we relax; when story and behavior are inconsistent, we get tense. We have a deep psychological need for our stories and behaviors to be consistent. We need to be able to trust the story, because it's the lens through which we see reality. We will go to great lengths in the attempt to make a story that explains an action and supports or restores consistency. If we cannot make story and action fit, we either have to make a new story or change the action. ... [But] The drive for consistency and the ability to redefine abhorrent action so it fits the story are very complex issues. We have a huge ability to continue believing stories we are told are true in order to stay comfortable with actions we don't want to change, or don't feel capable of changing.”
Christina Baldwin, Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story
“The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.”
Christina Baldwin, Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story
“When you are stuck in a spiral, to change the aspects of the spin you only need to change one thing.”
Christina Baldwin
“We make our lives bigger or smaller, more expansive or more limited, according to the interpretation of life that is our story.”
Christina Baldwin, Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story
“Every person is born into life as a blank page and every person leaves life as a full book.”
Christina Baldwin
“The purpose of life is not to maintain personal comfort; it's to grow the soul.”
Christina Baldwin, The Seven Whispers: A Spiritual Practice for Times Like These
“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the ordinary.”
Christina Baldwin, Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story
“Surprise is the practice of accepting the unexpected interruption, and the practice of leaving enough space in the day for something to happen that isn't on the list. Surrendering to surprise is the practice of balancing structure and openness.”
Christina Baldwin, The Seven Whispers: A Spiritual Practice for Times Like These
“The ordinary stories of our ordinary lives have extraordinary gifts coded within them. . .”
Christina Baldwin
“How we remember and what we remember and why we remember form the most personal map of our individuality.”
Christina Baldwin
“By its simple shape, circle includes everyone without distinction, welcomes and invites all to participate, and creates equality among those gathered.”
Christina Baldwin, The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair

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