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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

Widening Circles

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” – Martha Graham

The butterflies are out in full force now.
Camouflaged when wings closed.
Exploding into a work of art when open.
Taking flight with ease, finesse and delight.
Dancing, floating, circling and embracing flowers.
Celebrating their journey from caterpillar to fruition.
Not regretting or remembering the struggle that got them to butterfly, knowing it was necessary to bring the journey to completion.
Letting go to fly lightly, widening circles.

I live my life in widening circles, Rainer Maria Rilke
“I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I will give myself to it.

I circle around God, around the primordial tower.
I’ve been circling for thousands of years
and I still don’t know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?”

We live linearly but life is circular, seasonal, a woven tapestry with each thread necessary to create the masterpiece. Dance with delight whether caterpillar, in the middle of metamorphosis or butterfly in flight. Widen your circle each day.

Take the Leap

“Creativity makes a leap, then looks to see where it is.” – Mason Cooley

“Leap, and the net will appear.” – John Burroughs

Open the windows and let fresh air into your thoughts
Breathe in the moment deeply, separate from tasks, identities and responsibilities
Be fully present today

Untangle, unwind, release
Ask questions
Be open to different answers than your own
The answers that already exist within you now, beyond the noise

No more wading in the shallow waters of scarcity and limitations
Take the leap into the deep end of abundance and gratitude
Run off the dock, take flight, chase the ball

Explore and wander
Keep growing, learning, creating, imagining, unlearning, dreaming, questioning, stretching, receiving, trusting, believing, embracing, loving
Evolve, unfold, become, expand, transform
See the miracle in the moment, see the miracle within you right now

“God is always bigger than you imagined or expected or even hoped.” – Richard Rohr

Canvas and Paint

“From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.” – Aeschylus

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

What will you paint on the blank canvas of this day?
What will you allow to be painted on the canvas of your soul?

Create
Sow
Express
Expand
Diverge
Converge
Submerge

Beyond the surface of doing to the depth of presence and being.
Open heart, quiet mind.

Unlearn
Relearn
Grow

Be the canvas and the paint.

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Eden Phillpotts

Prune to Bloom

Allow the dry and dead to fall away so growth can take its place and space;
If it lingers, prune it so flowers can bloom, the fruit of new beginnings;
Prune to bloom.
New fruit.
Candid in May

May Flower by Emily Dickinson

Pink, small, and punctual,
Aromatic, low,
Covert in April,
Candid in May,

Dear to the moss,
Known by the knoll,
Next to the robin
In every human soul.

Bold little beauty,
Bedecked with thee,
Nature forswears
Antiquity.

 

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