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Buffet

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

Stop.
Stop.
Stop.
Sit down at the table.
Bounty.
Beauty.
Abase and abound.
A buffet, an array of color, abundance and light is all around.
Linger, let it in, carry it forward.
Go.
Go.
Go.
A bit slower, held in grace, anchored in gratitude.

“Abundance is a process of letting go; that which is empty can receive.” – Bryant H. McGill

Vastness

“Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit.” – Romans 12:11

“Sooner or later, we come to the edge of vastness that has been there all along and we are forced to decide if we are visitors or if this is our home.” – Mark Nepo, Finding Inner Courage

Abundance
Zeal
Energy
Enthusiasm
Depth
Breadth
Width
Slow
Awe
Vastness

May you create half the space for these that you do for all of the weight you carry to walk lightly through this short life.
Watch and wait.
Invite and receive.
Come home.

“Lord, let not our souls be busy inns that have no room for thee or thine,
But quiet homes of prayer and praise, where thou mayest find fit company,
Where the needful cares of life are wisely ordered and put away,
And wide, sweet spaces kept for thee; where holy thoughts pass up and down
And fervent longings watch and wait thy coming.” ― Julian of Norwich

Weeds to Wishes

“Be still and the earth will speak to you.” – Navajo proverb

“However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts.” – John Calvin

A member of the sunflower family, we’ve called the dandelion a weed, pulling them up before they spread through the yard. In traditional herbal medicine practices, the dandelion is revered for its medicinal properties. The flower is nutritious, contains antioxidants, fights inflammation, aids in blood sugar control, may reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure and may boost your immune system

“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” —Native American Proverb

At the end of their bloom, children pick them up and blow on the delicate puffball to make a wish, scattering the seeds to the wind. From weeds to wishes, we can change our perspective through exploration, rapt attention and releasing old assumptions and stories that turn flowers into weeds.

“Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.” – Voltaire

Scatter seeds, make wishes, pursue dreams. See the flower in the weed.

“May the stars carry your sadness away, May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, May hope forever wipe away your tears, And, above all, may silence make you strong.”– Chief Dan George, Tsleil-Waututh

Cathedral

“May your heart be an altar, from which the bright flame of unending thanksgiving ascends to heaven.” – Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What’s in front of you right now?
Where will you put your energy and effort today?
What altars are you kneeling at?
What fruit will you bear?
Do you see a pile of rocks or the makings of a cathedral?

Each day we make choices, actively or passively. Decisions that direct our path. What we take in, what we cast out, what we make of the material present and available within.

Make a hard stop. Take a deep breath. Look around. Then proceed. Choose your direction on the path that serves your becoming, expanding and unfolding. Finish the cathedral, rock by rock.

Grace. Gratitude. Great works.

“Keep alive within you and bring under wise control that courage which makes you long to undertake great works, which others might consider it folly to attempt.” – Mary Euphrasia Pelletier

A Subtle Shift

“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” – Aristotle

“It’s not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities.” – Kristin Armstrong

A drop in the ocean
A 2-degree shift in direction
A step back
A step forward
A tilt to the right
A twist to the left
A subtle shift

Change your view
In small steps, in new paths, with fresh eyes
Patterns and connections
Abundance, energy and gratitude make their way in
What is already present appears as if for the first time

Take the blinders off
Venture out
Journey within
Lay down your rules
Release expectations

Open to what is available right now
Possibility, beauty and light
Receive it
Cast it back out

“Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving.” – W. Clement Stone

 

The Baptism of Presence

“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.” – Liberty Hyde Bailey

“Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.” – May Sarton

A garden unattended fills with weeds. You are the gardener of your own life. Tend to it daily. Water, light, attention, focus, effort. Dig in the dirt, deep to the roots, pull weeds, bury bulbs, feed, prune, tend.

“The hard work of living can make us forget why we’re here until we’re reawakened. As our eyes constrict and dilate all day long, the tangle of living collapses our awareness of all that is precious, which after a time we remember. This constriction and dilation of awareness is an inner form of day following night.”— The Book of Soul: 52 Paths to Living What Matters by Mark Nepo

Abide in this place and space, in the depth of now. See all of it, not just a sliver or snapshot, but all of it. Celebrate progress, growth, joy. We are blessed and need to be reminded of it daily. Steep in gratitude so that life multiples, expands and abundance shows itself in what already is present.

Actively participate in each day in your thoughts, actions, words, in seeds planted. Do not allow the noise of scarcity, comparison, “someday thinking,” expectations, opinions and assumptions to take root in your garden. Tend to your own garden, baptized by presence. Peace, light, beauty is all around. Wake up.

“Our purpose is not to choose between what’s up close and what’s far away, but to let the light of the world shine through our humanness. In spite of our habits and fears, our next ounce of aliveness takes form from immersing ourselves completely in the moment at hand, the way a cup dipped in a lake is filled with fresh water. This baptism of presence—of being bent by experience to dip the cup of our life into the water of life—fills and awakens us.”— The Book of Soul: 52 Paths to Living What Matters by Mark Nepo

 

 

Good Fruit

“The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now as fully and creatively as we can.” – Paul Kurtz

“The temptation is strong to remain in the Zone of Excellence; it’s where your own addiction to comfort wants you to stay. It’s also where your family, friends, and organization want you to stay. You’re reliable there, and you provide a steady supply of all the things that family, friends, and organizations thrive on. The problem is that a deep, sacred part of you will wither and die if you stay inside your Zone of Excellence.”― Gay Hendricks, The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

All that you need is right inside of you in this moment, beyond old narratives, expectations and limitations imposed by others and self. Take your power back from your feelings and circumstances. Make your ceilings new floors to enter your genius, a natural flow and deep well within, your calling, your gifts, where you bear good fruit. Keep at it until you figure it out through imperfect action and fresh thinking. Expand into abundance, reject scarcity and cynicism.

“We keep ourselves so tied up in regretting the past and fearing the future that we don’t have any energy left to figure out who we are and what we want to create right now.”— Gay Hendricks

Stop accepting less, get to work, keep learning and take action. Plant seeds today, bear good fruit tomorrow.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

Juno

“Most of us today were parented and socialized in such a way that, by the time we reach adulthood, our Genius is so covered over with shoulds and shouldn’ts that we often don’t know where to look for our Juno, our Genius, our authentic self. In fact, the whole notion seems questionable. Is there really such a thing as an “authentic self,” a “real self”? I say yes. Perhaps it is suppressed or scuffed up, but it can be liberated; it can be polished. I have personally experienced this. after years of trying and failing, and then trying more and succeeding by fits and starts, I know now that when I get my small ego and my frightened reactivity out of the way, my authenticity, my soulfulness, will rush in and fill the confines of my being. It will guide my steps and gratify even the toughest times with a sense of meaning. Your Juno or Genius must be courted. Although it is strong and luminous, your guardian spirit is unassuming and even shy. It responds to persistent yet kindly biddings. Once awakened, it outshines everything false within you and in your life. But it needs room and time to stretch as it stirs. Your Juno, your Genius, they know who you are—they know you suffer from a case of mistaken identity.”— Marrow: A Love Story by Elizabeth Lesser

Beyond our emotions, circumstances and ego, abundance, energy and light wait patiently for our return. Suspend and release limiting beliefs, momentary moods and move into the expanse and depth of your Juno – your Genius.

Mindset is important, but “soul-set” is the path. Tend to your soul garden daily through meditation, reflection and exploration. Allow thoughts and feelings that bind, limit and tether to come, go and pass on by, making space for equanimity, ease and light.

Excellent 3 minute talk on aligning with the energy of abundance on Insight Timer to get you moving into this day with your GPS set and headed in the right direction. Realign, start fresh, embrace your Juno and enjoy the ride.

Blue or Grey or Both

“You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather.” – Pema Chodron

“To be nobody but
yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night to make you like
everybody else means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”
― e.e. cummings

What do you see? The grey clouds or blue skies peeking through. Or both. What you look for, you find. If you look for the blue, you find it, not denying the grey, for the clouds make the blue even more brilliant. Take off old glasses and put on new glasses to see the same in a new light.

Become aware of your thoughts, words, what you see and do not see. Who influences you, who inspires, who leads you away from you? Return to yourself and keep on the path to becoming, unfolding and discovering. Look and listen without judgment or assumption, allowing wonder and awe to make their way through the cracks of time and experience. Create new experiences.

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” – Mary Oliver

Keep paying attention to find new things that are not ahead or behind but all around and available in this very moment.

“may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old

may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
and even if it’s sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young

and may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there’s never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile”
― e.e. Cummings, e.e. Cummings: Complete Poems 1904-1962

EVERYTHING!

“Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.” – Epicurus

“The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car… a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little.” – Ben Sweetland

On our walk around Como Lake yesterday, Lynn asked a woman who was holding a camera with a very large lens, “what are you looking for?” Without hesitation, she responded “everything.” What an awesome answer! Rather than being uncertain, specific or narrow, she set her expectations high – EVERYTHING!

Hurried and unaware, we move swiftly through our days in a flurry of activities and tasks, barely observing or acknowledging what’s right in front of us. We assume life is happening “to” us rather than “for” us. The menu of what we can feast on each day is abundant through a lens of gratitude and adventure.

If someone asked you that question today – “what are you looking for?” – what would your answer be? I’m changing mine from “I don’t know” to “everything.” In setting that expectation and intention, I will surely find more than nothing and something.

Use your wide-angle and zoom lens each day to search, invite and welcome in the beauty, mystery and delight woven and hidden in plain sight. Suddenly nothing becomes everything.

“The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts.” – Marianne Williamson

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