Metta Masssage Therapy
Thoughts on Massage and Life





A compendium of inspired and inspiring quotations that speak to my heart...

Oncology massage is sacred work. Thank you for your love made tangible.
Cancer Patient

May you be at peace. May your heart remain open. May you awaken to the light of your own true nature. May you be healed. May you be a source of healing to all beings.
The Metta of the Buddha

Healing does not take place in the fast lane.
Angeles Arrien

Willie Sutton famously said he robbed banks "because that's where the money is".  That's why I do oncology massage.  Where else in life could I do so much good with so little effort?
Bruce Hopkins, LMT

Touch the body. Calm the mind. Heal the spirit.

Where there's surrender, synchronicity tends to follow.
Cynthia Bourgeault

Freedom from illness is the foremost good fortune. Contentment is the foremost wealth. Trust is the foremost kinship. Seeing what actually exists is the foremost ease.
Dhammapada 15

Treat each person as you would an old friend.
The Dalai Lama

For fast acting relief, try slowing down.
Lilly Tomlin

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
Rabindranath Tagore

We think work with the brain is more worthy than work with the hands. Nobody who thinks with his hands could ever fall for this.
E.F. Schumacher

When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open, and love steps forth to heal everything in sight.
Michael Bridge

Each of us has a fire in our heart for something. Find yours and keep it lit.

A young man in India complained to his guru about the pain in life. The guru sent him for salt. When he returned, the guru mixed a handful in a glass of water and told him to drink. "How does it taste?" asked the guru. "Bitter" was the answer. The guru took him to a lake, mixed in a handful and told him to drink. "How does it taste?" "Sweet." The guru explained, "Pain in life is like salt in water. Do not strive for less pain. Strive for more life."

To heal is to unify the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual selves into an integrated and harmonious whole. To cure is to eliminate a demonstrable disease process. One can be healed without being cured.
Bruce Hopkins, LMT

When I focus on what is good today, I have a good day. When I focus on what is bad today, I have a bad day. If I focus on the problem, the problem increases. If I focus on the solution, the solution increases.
Alcoholics Anonymous

No single therapeutic agent can be compared in efficiency with this familiar but perfect tool...the human hand. If half as much research had been expended on the principles governing manual treatment as upon pharmacology, the hand would be esteemed today on a par with drugs in acceptability and power.
J. Madison Taylor, M.D. 1908

A friend is someone who knows the song of your soul and sings it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Touch was never meant to be a luxury. It is a basic human need. It is an action that validates life and gives hope to both the receiver and the giver The healing of touch is reciprocal.
Irene Smith

Some say, after we have mastered the wind, the waves. the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. Then for the second time in history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
Jesuit Philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Deep peace of the rising star to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you. Deep peace of the rolling wave to you. Deep peace of the gentle earth to you. Deep peace of the bright blue sky to you. Deep peace of the gentle breeze to you. Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you. May peace fill your soul and make you whole.
Saint Columbia

May the work of your hands be a sign of gratitude and reverence to the human condition.
Mahatma Gandhi

You can complain because roses have thorns. Or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.

Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
The Dalai Lama

You don't get to choose how you are going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you are going to live. NOW!
Joan Baez

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. Hugh Downs

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
The Buddha

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. M. Kathleen Casey

If you see what you do each day as your way of loving the world and helping it heal, then life gets to be a lot different. The difference between burning up and burning out is the difference between loving what you are doing and not loving it.
Bernie Siegel, MD

Whether we think we can or cannot, we are right.
Henry Ford

The true voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes but in seeing with new eyes.
Marcel Proust

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed with the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. Throw off the bow lines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade-winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain is confirming what we know in our hearts: that, as psychiatrist James Gordon put it," massage is medicine."
George Howe Colt

Perhaps we are too embarrassed or to frightened of the consequences of showing that we actually care. But why not risk it anyway? Begin, today. Carry out a random act of seemingly senseless kindness, with no expectation of reward or punishment. Safe in the knowledge that one day someone, somewhere might do the same for you.
Princess Diana

It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing.... You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
Mahatma Gandhi

There is no profit in curing the body if in the process we destroy the soul.
Samuel Golter, City of Hope

Eternity is not the hereafter..... this is it. If you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere.
Joseph Campbell

Happiness is a not a destination, but the journey. Dealing with cancer is both destination and journey. Medicine is concerned with the quality of the destination. Massage is concerned with the quality of the journey.
Bruce Hopkins, LMT

The secret of a happy life is to enjoy the passing of every hour.

The real hope is not in something we think we can do, but in God, who is making something good out of it in some way we cannot see.
Thomas Merton

We serve life, not because it is broken, but because it is holy.
Mother Theresa

It's not about curing the disease, but healing the life; then the physical benefits come.
Bernie Siegel, MD

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your hands.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 (NIV)

Touch me and you touch my heart. Touch my heart and you touch my soul.

You may not know that the world needs you, but it does. For no one else can smile your smile, say your piece, shine your light.... you are unique and you alone can fill your place. If you were not here to shine your light, what would happen to pilgrims passing by your empty place in the darkness, without your light to help them on their way? You may not know that the world needs you, but it does.
Inspired by an Old Poem

To be "at peace" does not mean to be in a place where there is not noise, trouble and hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things, and still be calm in your heart.

Live with intention, walk to the edge, listen hard, practice wellness, play with abandon, laugh, choose with no regret, continue to learn, appreciate your friends, do what you love, live as if this is all there is.
Mary Anne Radmacher

People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within.
Elizabeth Kubler Ross

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Carol Bard

Massage soothes the body, easing mind and spirit. Mind and spirit, in turn, remind the body of its God given power to self-heal.
Bruce Hopkins, LMT

Celebrate life by living to the edge of all possibility.
Judy Arntson, CMT

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
Mark Twain

Forever is composed of nows."
Emily Dickinson


And finally, a thought for the end of life ..... "I forgive you. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. Goodbye."


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