Words for Thought


by Rachel Braman

Though I have never been a very religious person, I do believe in the need for spirituality.  I think everyone needs some higher power to believe in; something to trust in, something to support you in life, and something to help motivate you to do well.

Recently I have been making my way through Buddha Mind, Buddha Body by Thich Nhat Hanh. Since my mother’s travels to Nepal, I have been more and more interested in Buddhism and what enlightenment is all about. I love the idea of being truly happy and at peace in one’s self. I believe that one cannot help others and make a difference in the world around them until they are content with who they are as a person.

I picked out a few quotes from the book that I thought we all should think about as volunteers. They’re just statements, but I cannot help but feel how powerful these statements are.

“If you dig a little deeper, you will see that what we do together,

what we say together, what we think together

will have an effect on us and on the world, now and later on.”


“When your mind is directed toward something

important, spiritual, beautiful and wholesome

it benefits the whole of your being, the whole of your consciousness.”

Be the change.



Rachel Braman

Rachel Braman

Rachel is a 27-year-old law student from Upstate New York who was born with the desire to help others. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies, Rachel headed off to law school in order to provide herself with the ability to help others in a way that they cannot help themselves. Whether she is acting out her position as Project Director of Albany Law School’s Anti-Human Trafficking Pro Bono Project or simply listening to someone’s story, her heart is open.  When she is not at school studying about the rules of evidence or the rights of the child, she enjoys going camping with her fiancé Brennan and rambunctious Yorkie, Chip. Follow Rachel on Twitter and Instagram, @RachelBraman.

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