Brain food

Don’t spend a lot of time imagining the worst-case scenario. It rarely goes down as you imagine it will, and if by some fluke it does, you will have lived it twice.

- Michael J. Fox

I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.

- Madonna

So I take this word reconciliation and I use it to reconcile people back to Mother Earth, so they can walk this land together and heal one another because she’s the one that gives birth

- Max Dulumunmun Harrison

This is your lifestyle, you can be what you wanna be, you can do what you wanna do, feel that cool breeze on your face again, feel the rain on your hair, running back to

- King Stingray

Healthy striving is self-focused: ‘How can I improve?’ Perfectionism is other-focused: ‘What will they think?’

- Dr Brené Brown

Having compassion for yourself means that you honour and accept your humanness.

- Dr Kristin Neff

I feel the 21st century is another new age. Not only can we collaborate again with nature, we have to. It is an emergency.

- Bjork

Before we can bounce back, we may first need someone to pick us up off the floor and put us back on the trampoline.

- Mindarma

May I be peaceful, may I be safe, may I know that I am enough just as I am.

- Mindarma metta meditation

…To find another’s voice, follow your own voice, wait until that voice becomes a private ear listening to another…

- David Whyte

The land is my mother. Like a human mother, the land gives us protection, enjoyment and provides our needs – economic, social and religious. We have a human relationship with the land: Mother, daughter, son.

- Djinyini Gondarra

Writing is not an escape. It’s a way I connect to myself, to get to know myself better.

- Guadalupe Nettel

The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.

- Adam Goodes

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… even you.

- Ann Lamott

No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.

- Dr Brené Brown

We cultivated our land, but in a way different from the white man. We endeavored to live with the land; they seemed to live off it. I was taught to preserve, never to destroy.

- Tom Dystra

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more

- Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

If we move through our day with an open awareness of the many good things around us, we correct the brain’s built-in negativity bias.

- Dr Rick Hanson

We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.

- Australian Aboriginal saying

People will kill you over time, and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases like ‘be realistic’.

- Dylan Moran