“In the unexpected, we find the deep stillness. In the unrehearsed, we come ablaze.” — Mark Nepo, Falling Down and Getting Up: Discovering Your Inner Resilience and Strength
“Lifted and dropped enough by life, I finally put down the yearning that kept prodding me with the misperception, “If I could just get over there, then I would be fully alive.” I am already fully alive. You are already fully alive. We all are. By following our passion, we just become more of who we are. We just brighten like the sun, which doesn’t go anywhere. We are not chasing truth. We are becoming truth.” — Mark Nepo, Falling Down and Getting Up: Discovering Your Inner Resilience and Strength
In the pause of stillness.
Light and with ease.
May you know the expanse of what already is present.
Overflowing with anticipation of what will bloom from the roots of where you are planted now.
Becoming, allowing and unfolding are the journey we are on.
Grounded in today.
“As great a tool as the intellect is, the mind chases, while the heart grounds. And so, a liability of the mind is that it seduces us to believe that life is always over there. But through great love and great suffering, the heart discovers, again and again, that life is always where we are—always here. This sometimes painful and sometimes tender realization grounds us in our lives and in life itself.” — Mark Nepo, Falling Down and Getting Up: Discovering Your Inner Resilience and Strength
“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.”― Eckhart Tolle
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
Some answers are yes or no.
Some multiple choice.
Both, and, plus.
Yes and no.
Most an essay.
Some unanswered, a mystery to be lived.
Nuance and complexity.
Listen. Inquire. Be receptive.
Be open to new paths.
Unexpected detours and delays.
Find ease, joy and delight right where you are now.
Allow the journey to unfold one step at a time.
Beauty emerging. New eyes to see it. Fresh legs to walk it.
“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”― Eckhart Tolle
“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”― Robert Frost
“When Medieval Monks were asked how they practiced their faith, they said, “By falling down and getting up.” This is the human journey from which no one is exempt. We are constantly challenged to get up one more time than we fall, to open one more time than we close, and to put things together one more time than we take them apart.”— Mark Nepo, Falling Down and Getting Up: Discovering Your Inner Resilience and Strength
Transitions of seasons.
External and internal.
Thresholds and openings.
Starts and stops.
Trips and stumbles.
Overcoming and ease.
Trust the journey that flowers and butterflies know by heart.
Seed in the dark. Bloom in the light.
Weight of the cocoon. Lift of flight.
Time. Waiting. Anticipation.
Getting up again and again.
Seeing beauty along the way.
“In a modern age that commodifies everything, our challenge is to grow from the inside out, letting every holy calling find its own expression within us and between us. After decades of listening to the stories and struggles of others, I can bear witness that teaching, in its most profound form, is not moving a life from here to there, or from effort to achievement, or even from chaos to order. Rather, teaching is creating the enduring environment in which the seed of the soul can know itself and blossom.” — Mark Nepo, Falling Down and Getting Up: Discovering Your Inner Resilience and Strength
“Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.”― Rumi
“Everything must break open in order to live. The seed must break open in order for the tree to grow. The egg must break open in order for life to emerge. The Earth must be turned and the cloud must burst. You were never meant to stay in your shell.”― Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Painted Oxen
In the ordinary.
In the daily.
A river runs deep within.
An ocean, ebb and flow, rhythm and raging.
Grounding and transformation.
Sharpen your senses to go within and reach out.
Surface and deep.
Emergence under construction.
“This is a uni-verse (”one song’). There’s one song playing everywhere and we are all notes in it. There are no “special” or “better” notes. Every note is necessary and contains the whole essence of the music. All the power and substance of the universe is seeking to sing its song through you as magnificently as it has ever been sung before.”― Derek Rydall