“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
When thoughts limit, restrict, bind, move out, step back to see the expanse, beauty and brilliance.
In a flower, in another human, in the universe.
Renewed and refreshed, move back in to broaden your thoughts, trigger your imagination, reignite the fire.
Like breathing, in and out, close and far, yin and yang.
Fill up and pour out.
Life is balance, flow, struggle, ease.
Enter it completely, imperfectly and fully in the now.
“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Your minds may now be likened to a garden, which will, if neglected, yield only weeds and thistles; but, if cultivated, will produce the most beautiful flowers, and the most delicious fruits.” – Dorothea Dix
“We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.” – Marshall McLuhan
What to weed out, what to water
Choose your tending well
Be aware of what you behold
Time provides the necessary distance needed to gain perspective
Struggle gives way to calm
Ease and acceptance
Healing and restoration
Lay down the nonessential
Shape and be shaped
Malleable and permeable
Tend your garden
“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
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Elizabeth Appell
“Life is lived on levels and arrived at in stages.” – Edwin Louis Cole
Roots take hold
One stem branches in all directions
Reaching for the sky
All stages in play
From bud to bloom
Unfolding in stages
On time, never late.
Life is found in the process, in the middle, woven tightly between beginnings and endings, unfolding in front of us.
Step back to see progress, growth, lessons, blessings.
Experience loss all the way through, it’s the cost of loving deeply, the full spectrum of living awake.
Experience joy all the way through, it’s the foundation that keeps you rooted when the winds blow strong and relentless.
Experience hope all the way through, it’s the embrace that holds and heals, transforms and transcends.
Do not dismiss ordinary days, the very place and space that holy and sacred reside.
God has placed beauty, wonder and awe hidden right in front of us, never missing a day.
In nature, in another passing soul, in our own soul.
The rhythm of breath, the warmth of light, the flow of time.
Invite it all in to capture your attention, to enter your awareness, to stop you in your tracks.
Forego busy and efficiency, the pursuit of accumulation.
Choose flow, fruition, seed to bloom, waiting in joy in the in between.
Unfoldings abase and abound.
“As life has a way of unfolding as it is meant to, I have learned to trust life.” – Linda Thompson
“Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.” – Mao Zedong
“The more you adapt, the more interesting you are.” – Martha Stewart
Despite drought, the flowers outside my window have burst and bloom bigger than ever.
Acclimating to conditions, they found their path to fruition.
Perfect conditions and someday are false narratives.
Acclimate to what’s present and available in this moment.
Root in gratitude.
Bathe in grace.
Bloom brilliant, full and bright.
Cast light and shine.
“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” – Brene Brown
“Whatever opens us is not as important as what it opens.”― Mark Nepo
Through the cracks and crevices
Flowers break through
Joy streams in
Amidst the weeds
In the rocks
Behind the clouds
Hidden in the ordinary
Resilience and bloom
Beauty and awe
Take it in and cast it out.
“Don’t you know yet? It is your light that lights the world.” – Rumi
“The Amen of nature is always a flower.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Sit down at the table.
Abase and abound.
A buffet, an array of color, abundance and light is all around.
Linger, let it in, carry it forward.
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
“Your fortune is not something to find but to unfold.” – Eric Butterworth
“The point where woundedness sometimes turns to aliveness is ironically not where we assert our will, but where we learn to surrender and accept our limitations as doorways through which our mastery waits.” – Mark Nepo, Finding Inner Courage
May you see doorways rather than walls
Sky rather than ceiling
Wide open spaces to explore, wander and play with abandon
Discover and unfold
Open and surrender
Aliveness, energy and awe
Breathe it in
Let it be so.
“Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” – Gail Sheehy
“I only know there came to me…a sense of glad awakening.” – Edna Saint Vincent Millay
“You do not think yourself into a new way of living as much as you live yourself into a new way of thinking.”— Yes, and…: Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr
Clarity by tuning the instrument of your senses
To see the same differently
To find familiarity in the different
Awaken to small moments, tiny changes, a flower unfolding.
“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.” – Leo Tolstoy