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More than Just

“Beauty is whatever gives joy.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

May spring, transformation, light bloom within you.
Each day, may you see beauty, experience joy, awe and delight.
Pause, witness, praise.
A new day, write some good paragraphs today in your story.
You are the author, pick up the pen.

“Don’t just learn, experience.
Don’t just read, absorb.
Don’t just change, transform.
Don’t just relate, advocate.
Don’t just promise, prove.
Don’t just criticize, encourage.
Don’t just think, ponder.
Don’t just take, give.
Don’t just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don’t just hear, listen.
Don’t just talk, act.
Don’t just tell, show.
Don’t just exist, live.”

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Breathe It In

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius

“Concentration and mindfulness are the internal ways in which the mind restores itself from being out of balance and lost in confusion to a condition of ease, clarity, and wisdom. No external action needs to happen.”  – Sylvia Boorstein

Take a long walk and drink in the beauty of nature.
Fill your heart with goodness.
Be kind to yourself and others.
Expand. Deepen. Delight.
Breathe it in.

“Mindfulness meditation doesn’t change life. Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever. Meditation changes the heart’s capacity to accept life as it is.” – Sylvia Boorstein

A Welcome Guest

“Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

May you see the beauty all around today.
Hidden in front of your eyes.
An angel in a flower.

“The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

21,710

“All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds. Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature.” – Rudolf Steiner

Dive deeper.
Granular, specific, hidden in plain sight.
21,710 is the number of photos on my phone from the past 10 years.
When I look back through the years, there’s richness, story, connection, fun.
They spark gratitude, invite joy.
Joy and gratitude require daily practice, rigor.
We ride too much on the surface, going fast and furious.
Checking off our “to do” list.
Tasks, efficiency, progress, the race to nowhere.
Pause, breathe, take notice.
Enter moments and let them enter your being.
Joy is woven in the ordinary, amidst sorrow and loss, a whisper, a gentle breeze.
If you don’t have a lot of photos, start taking them daily.
My favorite subjects show up here daily – the dogs, flowers, friends, family, water, nature, butterflies, trees, bees, the sky, sunrise, sunset.
All joy catalysts, sparklers that stop me in my busyness to discover awe and beauty in reach.
Awaken from dormancy, spring awaits.

“The capacities by which we can gain insights into higher worlds lie dormant within each one of us.” – Rudolf Steiner

The Sound of Color, the Song of Yes

“The sound of colors is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with base notes, or dark lake with the treble.” – Wassily Kandinsky

“God needs just a mustard-seed-sized place that is in love, that is open to grace, that is thrilled, that has found something wonderful. We’ve got to go back and build from that “Yes” place—or faith is not faith.”— Richard Rohr, The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Disorder, Reorder 

May memory of what was, planning for what is to come remain yet not center stage;
Invite and allow space for what is now to take hold of your attention, feeding and care;
Past, present, future altogether with a focus on the present;
Weed out what is necessary, plant seeds and be open to the color, the song of this new day;
Inquiry, observation, praise;
Quiet, listening, stillness;
Order, disorder, reorder;
A place of “Yes” and grace;

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

Look at the Sky

“Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.” – Hafez

“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Three beautiful days on the North Shore of Minnesota –  magical, mesmerizing, peaceful. Nature heals, holds, settles, pronouncing the glory of God’s work in the trees, sky, water. And it doesn’t stop there. He’s created beauty, wonder and expanse within each of us – tenfold of what He’s done in nature. Keep seeking that place within and rest there awhile in awe.

“I want to learn how to speak to anyone at any time and make us both feel a little bit better, lighter, richer, with no commitments of ever meeting again. I want to learn how to stand wherever with whoever and still feel stable. I want to learn how to unlock the locks to our minds, my mind, so that when I hear opinions or views that don’t match up with mine, I can still listen and understand. I want to burn up lifeless habits of following maps and to-do lists, concentrated liquids to burn my mind and throat and I want to go back to the way nature shaped me. I want to learn to go on well with whatever I have in my hands at the moment in a natural state of mind, certain like the sea.

I will find comfort in the rhythm of the sea.”― Charlotte Eriksson

Solace, joy, peace to you as Lent transforms to Resurrection Sunday. The whole journey from the Cross to the Crown.

Wide Open

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.” – Rumi

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” – Rumi

Deep, expansive, wide.
Within awaiting your return.
Walk through the door.
Ecstatic motion.

“Why do you stay in prison, when the door is so wide open?” – Rumi

Infinite Beauty

“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” – William Blake

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ― Brene Brown

Enter the space of today, of where you are right now.
Let it be.
Observe, listen, grieve, shout, leap, laugh, dance, cry, embrace it all.
Shortcuts, going around, avoidance all lead to shallow existence, stasis.
Going through is the only viable path.
Tend to your life.
Prune, nurture, wait, bud, bloom.
There’s beauty in winter and in the giving way to spring.
Joy, gratitude, belonging, grace, delight remain in all seasons, in endings, in transitions, and in new beginnings.
Life is finite and the infinite is woven through ordinary moments where awe, beauty and light enter, take hold, awaken and stir us to newness.
The infinite power of our own light, seek and discover.

“How should a man be capable of grooming his own horse, or of furbishing his own spear and helmet, if he allows himself to become unaccustomed to tending even his own person, which is his most treasured belonging?” – Alexander the Great

Unfolding

“To love beauty is to see light.” – Victor Hugo

“Did I live? The human world is like a vast musical instrument on which we play our individual part while simultaneously listening to the compositions of others in an effort to contribute to the whole. We don’t choose whether to engage, only how to; we either harmonize or create dissonance. Our words, our deeds, our very presence create and leave impressions in the minds of others just as a writer makes impressions with their words. Who you are is an unfolding narrative. – Stephen Batchelor

Seasons
Cycles
Transitions
New beginnings, unseen, unfolding, in play
Winter to spring
Unfolding color
Allow it all
Enter the beauty and light of your unfolding
Delight and joy
Fruition

“The sooner we let go of holding on, the sooner we can hold on to the beauty of what’s unfolding before us. Nothing was ever meant to stay the same forever.”― Julieanne O’Connor

Forever, Once.

“Keep your feet on the ground and your thoughts at lofty heights.” – Peace Pilgrim

“Life is once. Forever.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

This quote is on the top of my “to-do” list to remind me daily that beyond doing and completion of tasks, life is moving with or without me. We notice it or we don’t. We partake or we pass it by in pursuit of anything but the present moment.

Pay attention to who and what is important, to where you invest your time and energy.
Be aware of your thoughts and activities.
Bound or free.
Stagnant or growth.
Ego or spirit.
Reorient. Reignite. Renew.
Seek and hold the sacred in the ordinary.
Forever, once.
Find beauty and light in each day.
A peace that passes understanding.

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” – Peace Pilgrim

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