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Slowly Born

“No single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. It would be a bit too easy if we could go about borrowing ready-made souls.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler.”― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Pause, gaze, witness.
Below the surface.
At your feet.
Within reach.
Observe the details, the layers.
Patterns, themes, threads.
Known, unknown.
Understood, misunderstood
The story of your life.
Sentences, chapters, the arc of the story.
Unfolding, opening, transforming.
Not done yet.
The story continues.
Slowly born.

“There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.” – Jim Morrison

Embrace the Bloom

“Coincidences are God’s way of getting our attention.”― Frederick Buechner

“The original, shimmering self gets buried so deep that most of us end up hardly living out of it at all. Instead we live out all the other selves, which we are constantly putting on and taking off like coats and hats against the world’s weather.” ― Frederick Buechner, Telling Secrets

Invite your shimmering self out to play, to remain
Release what was, should have been or what might be
Enter the flow of bud to bloom, everything in between
Awake, aware, in tune to this day, what it will bring with fresh eyes
Embrace the bloom, the mystery and certainty.

“Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.”― Caroline Myss


“Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.” – Winnie the Pooh

“Peace is not something you can force on anything or anyone… much less upon one’s own mind. It is like trying to quiet the ocean by pressing upon the waves. Sanity lies in somehow opening to the chaos, allowing anxiety, moving deeply into the tumult, diving into the waves, where underneath, within, peace simply is.” – Gerald May

Put it all down for the day.
Wander with no sense of time.
No place to be, no deadlines.
Simply rest, take in the day.
Feed your spirit with quiet, lightness, undoing.
Unseize the day so you can seize what is truly important and worthy.

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” – William S. Burroughs

The Task

“The beginning is always today.” – Mary Wollstonecraft

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” – C. S. Lewis

New day.
Fresh start.
Retire old thoughts.
Irrigate deserts.
Begin anew.
Ask better questions.
Allow answers to surface.
Move out from there.

“Is the life I’m living the life that wants to live in me?” – Parker Palmer

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