**excerpts from Plain And Simple:
I was beginning to understand that our attitude toward the world resonates in the objects around us. They reveal our intention.
How they [the Amish] live reflects what they believe….The Amish approach everything they do with the same attitude. They had shown me that any type of work could be meaningful. It’s the spirit in which you do it that makes the difference.
**excerpts from Everyday Sacred:
Each step is the place to learn.
Good deeds have echoes.
Why be unhappy about something you can change. Why be unhappy about something you can’t change.
**excerpts from Stretching Lessons:
Goose bumps happen when your soul comes close to you, breathes lightly on the back of your neck, and wakes you up.
It’s a slow thing to give strength to your song.
If we never pause long enough to get to know the silence, how will we know what possibilities it contains.
When we allow ourselves to be more of who we are–it is a risk.
**Bender also has quotes from others in her books:
There’s a new day today–you don’t have to wear yesterday around.–Morning Star
Pay attention to what is beginning to awake within you. The caterpillar can feel the essence of the butterfly even before it begins to emerge.–Dorian Bietz
Often the way forward is through a detour.–Susan Rothenburg (artist)
I never failed once. It was a two-thousand step process.–Thomas Edison
Silence is the method of getting to spirit.–Ram Dass
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.–Eleanor Roosevelt