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Allowing, Unfolding, Expanding

“Patience doesn’t mean making a pact with the devil of denial, ignoring our emotions and aspirations. It means being wholeheartedly engaged in the process that’s unfolding, rather than ripping open a budding flower or demanding a caterpillar hurry up and get that chrysalis stage over with.” – Sharon Salzberg

“There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers.” – Erich Fromm

We stay in places, spaces, relationships for certainty, familiarity, safety;
We fight change, settle in comfort;
Sometimes it makes sense, sticking and staying is the right thing;
We also know when a chapter is done and it’s time to turn the page;
In our need for a sense of control, in trying to figure it out before we move into it, we miss the journey, the richness, the mystery;
Put the road map down, stop looking for the “life instruction manual, take the training wheels off, move into something new;
Enter a space of allowing, unfolding and exploring;
Mystery, unknowing and expanding;
Write the story and let it write you anew.

“You must be a lotus, unfolding its petals when the sun rises in the sky, unaffected by the slush where it is born or even the water which sustains it!” – Sai Baba

On the Other Side

“May my soul bloom in love for all existence.” – Rudolf Steiner

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

On the other side of dirt is bloom, if we plant.
On the other side of the chrysalis is butterfly, if we keep moving to break open.
On the other side of change is growth, if we step out of the boat and trust.
On the other side of winter is spring, both have their purpose and work to do in us.
We long for the other side but live in the middle, in the struggle, in the wandering, in the mystery.
And there’s more that we don’t see that’s working in, around and through us.
Live in the middle, trust, work your way through.
Ask questions, listen for answers that often are not your own yet somehow familiar.
Go deeper, get uncomfortable, accept uncertainty.
Dare to ask for more and pursue it.
It is never over until it’s over.
While you have breath, keep growing in, with and on.
Metamorphosis and full bloom, on the other side, even in the middle.

“Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.” – Mao Zedong

Buds and Caterpillars

“The butterfly is a flying flower. The flower is a tethered butterfly.” — Ponce Denis

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” — Maya Angelou

Bud to bloom.
Chrysalis to butterfly.
Winter to spring.
Middle time.
Endings to new beginnings.
Enter it all.
Be still.
Peace. Grace. Joy.
Transformation in play.

“You do not just wake up and become the butterfly. Growth is a process.” — Rupi Kaur

Grow. Learn. Evolve.

“Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind.” – Swami Muktananda

As the world returns to “ordinary time” and a new year begins, carry the slowness, reflection and stillness of the season forward.
See in a new way rather than a continuation of the same thing.
Look for connections and patterns right in front of you.
A slightly different angle to see a fresh view.
Engage.
Inquire.
Seek understanding.
Dance.
Exchange.
Witness.
Observe.
Weave.
Listen.
Respond.
With forethought and care.
Be kind. Assume the best. Invite diversity of thought.
Allow change to do its work in you.
Grow. Learn. Evolve.

“Change is not threatening, so long as we keep firm hold of the values by and for which we live. We can travel with confidence so long as we have a map. We can jump with safety knowing that there is someone to catch us as we fall.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Seeds, Roots and Shoots

“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.” – Theodore Roethke

“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Bertrand Russell

The ground is hardening.
Ice is forming on the lakes.
Dormancy is on the doorstep.
Seeds that have been planted rest in the dark.
In due time, transforming to roots followed by shoots.
The work is done in the preparation, in the waiting.
Let the work of winter be done.
Spring is always the outcome.

“Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout.” – Morihei Ueshiba

In the Meantime…

“As you get older, you want less from the world; you just want to experience it. Any barriers to feeling emotions get dismantled. And ordinary things become beautifully poetic.” – Richard Linklater

“Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.” – Blaise Pascal

Between points A and B lies the meantime;
Not quite there yet;
In between;
The middle;
In transition;

Like the water between fall and winter and winter and spring;
Frozen in areas and open in others;
Stable and unstable;
Clear and choppy;
We spend most of our life in the meantime;
Often bound up looking back to point A or ahead to point B;
Missing the space in between called the present;

Do not forgo the meantime;
Seeds are slowing becoming buds preparing to break ground;
Joy and contentment can be found in the waiting, in the journey, in the straddling, in ordinary days;

In the meantime, remain in the meantime.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

Becoming

“Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby.

But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”― Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit

Becoming is both the journey and the destination.
It is not a race nor a competition.
Comparison is futile for each is our own definition, a fingerprint like none other.
A calling, a whisper to come home, to become real.
To understand more than seek to be understood.
Slow down to take in the scenery, to notice.
You are opening, blooming, becoming.

“Once you are real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

Cast Seeds, Cast Light

“We know we cannot plant seeds with closed fists. To sow, we must open our hands.” – Adolfo Perez Esquivel

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

On the path of activities, conversations, in thoughts, what seeds will you plant today?
What will you leave behind?
Kind words, gratitude, joy, laughter, an embrace, listening, asking, smiling, singing, tears, letting go, holding on, poetry, nature, play, quiet reflection.
Seeds.

Our thoughts, words and actions plant seeds today for harvest in our tomorrows.
Plant, nurture and harvest.
Some seeds will land on fertile soil and some on rock.
Keep sowing.
Cast seeds, cast light.

“What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.” – Meister Eckhart

Growth

“Nature is the direct expression of the divine imagination.”— John O’Donohue

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” – James Cash Penney

Growth comes in different places and spaces. On branches that have fallen and had their day. In pruning the unnecessary so the essential can be nourished. On buds that finally break ground after a long winter of waiting to greet the day, to begin their journey to fruition. In action. In stasis. In searching. In finding. In falling. In getting back up to begin again.

Listen, look and be open to answers that are not your own yet fit just the same. Discernment, clarity and direction hidden in unexpected places and spaces, closer than you think. Mostly within. Available for the taking and shaping. Take, shape, transform, grow.

“Sometimes we may ask God for success, and He gives us physical and mental stamina. We might plead for prosperity, and we receive enlarged perspective and increased patience, or we petition for growth and are blessed with the gift of grace. He may bestow upon us conviction and confidence as we strive to achieve worthy goals.” – David A. Bednar

Sweet Fruition

“What is a berry? It is an ovary swaddled within a sugary womb. Plainly put, a berry is the fruition of a flower – the ultimate tautology.” – Hope Jahren

“’Who do you think you are?’ That’s the big one, isn’t it? A flourishing life depends on how you answer that.” – Robert Fulghum

Who do you think you are? Asking and answering again and again through this journey. Knowing what anchors and what releases at the same time and at different stages. What should be let go and what should be embraced. Living beyond and above mere existence. Transcendence and transformation from ordinary days strung together with threads of gratitude, awareness, struggle, delight and joy.

We are never done becoming. Don’t stop at the forks in the road. Choose a path and keep moving. If necessary, turn around to choose a new road. Looking back only to mark progress and remember the lessons, releasing the pain. There’s plenty to work with in the now so no need to loop back and circle the same mountain.

Live in the present, not in memory. The terrain is flat, rocky, downhill and uphill – all of it. It’s what makes up the richness of the adventure, if you choose to make it one rather than a chore, a transaction. See the connections, patterns, light, dark, smooth, colors, edges and shapes. Punctuate! and persist. You have fruition work to do. Flourish until your last breath.

“We can hold back neither the coming of the flowers nor the downward rush of the stream; sooner or later, everything comes to its fruition.” – Li Ching-Yuen

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