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Clasp

“Over the rolling, salt brightness, listen. Maybe such devotion, in which one holds the world in the clasp of attention, isn’t the perfect prayer, but it must be close.” – Mary Oliver

One thing to do today.
Pay attention.
And one more.
Sit with gratitude.

Deep Dive

“For the raindrop, joy is entering the river.” – Ghalib

“May the grapes convert into a magical potion that releases you from the tyranny of the head and brings you back to the sovereignty of the heart.” – Mirabai Starr

May we not miss, dismiss, bypass joy each day.
May we wear cheerfulness and dance with delight.
May we reside in the sovereignty of the heart.
Dive deep into wonder and awe.
Leap.

“I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all.” – St. Brigid of Kildare

Undefined

“The Amen of nature is always a flower.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God.”― Rob Bell

God shows up and remains whether we see or not.
Not defined by us but rather defining us.
Stretching, holding, transforming.
A whisper, a flower in brilliant bloom, a passing glance.
Inquire, watch, listen.
The work of love.

“May we find our foundation in the work of Love; demanding, tiring, true and human and holy.”― Pádraig Ó Tuama

Kindled

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch

Stoke the embers of your dormant imagination.
Flex the muscles of delight.
Taste and savor.
Put down your knowledge and seek wisdom.
The brilliance in a forest, the sky, a flower, another human, most certainly a dog.
Be of good use by celebrating this very day.
Invite others to the party.

“To know much and taste nothing-of what use is that?”― St. Bonaventure

Of Now

“The place on which you are standing is holy ground.” – Exodus 3:5

“Only in the pauses between things, in the brief contemplative spaces of just being, can we catch a glimpse of love itself.”― Gerald G. May

In the pause, may you know holy ground on which you stand.
That of now, of presence, of yes!
Slow down to see time while it is happening.
The sacred space that surrounds.
The beauty abundant and overflowing.
Steep in it so the color washes off on you.
Glimpses of love woven through each day.
Spend your days well.
Each one a strand that weaves life together.

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”― Annie Dillard

Out of the Nest

“The magic of each day lives in the unknown. It’s waking up as one person, and accepting that when night falls, we may be someone else entirely. So, when you ask what my story is, forgive me—-I’m not quite sure yet.”― J. Raymond

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”― Pema Chödrön

In the ordinary, may you glimpse the expanse and depth of being alive.
In the doing, may you pause to see the being behind the doing.
In the slowing, may you be surprised and delighted by what already is present.
In the lingering, may you root in the necessary and untether the rest.
Out of the nest.
Find your wings.
Flight to the sky.

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.”― Pema Chödrön

Velcro

“We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles but for the grace to transform them.”
― Simone Weil

“Your brain is like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones.”― Rick Hanson

As the sun rises on this day, set your course, put intentions in play.
So when the sun sets, you can look back in gratitude, even if all didn’t work out exactly as planned.
May your mind be Velcro for positive experiences, allowing the negative to slide away.
See the good in self and others.
Awake to the beauty of a summer day.
Open hands.
Full heart.
Joy. Zeal. Zest.

“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Pinstripes and Polka Dots

“Everything beautiful has a mark of eternity.”― Simone Weil

“The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it…” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pinstripes and polka dots
Balloons and ferris wheels
Skipping and hopscotch
Jumping rope and swinging
Cotton candy and ice cream
Laughter and frolic
Evoke delight, that of a child, the one that remains within
Sparked by colors, a kaleidoscope playground
Enter this space and place if only for a bit
The world will remain for you to pick it back on your shoulders again, if you must
But it will look different, a little lighter, fresher
The beauty of just being alive.

“We have to get back to the beauty of just being alive in this present moment.” – Mary McDonnell

Take Grace

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”― Mary Oliver

“Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.”― Mary Oliver

Consider
Ponder
Allow
Invite
Open
Awake
Aware
In tune
Pay attention
See the world and self through the eyes of grace.
Take grace and give it away.

“You can have the other words-chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I’ll take grace. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’ll take it. ”― Mary Oliver

At the Border

“What delights us in visible beauty is the invisible.” – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

“We are told by those who have studied the processes of nature that creativity happens at the border between chaos and order. Chaos is a prelude to creativity. We need to learn, as every artist needs to learn, to live with chaos and indeed to dance with it as we listen to it and attempt some ordering. Artists wrestle with chaos, take it apart, deconstruct and reconstruct from it. Accept the challenge to convert chaos into some kind of order, respecting the timing of it all, not pushing beyond what is possible—combining holy patience with holy impatience – that is the role of the artist.”― Matthew Fox, Creativity

Edges
Middle
Tension
Ease
Ebb
Flow
More
Less

A potpourri of flavor, color, beauty, mystery
Thresholds and passages
Taking shape and form
Flowing together anew
Fragments, made whole and holy
Participate, observe, listen
The dance of chaos to order, order to chaos
Growth and fruition.

“Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other so that the world may come to being.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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