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Space Within

“If you create any open space within yourself, love will fill it.” – Deepak Chopra

“There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.” – Ralph Marston

Whether by crowbar or happenstance, may you create space in this day to allow wonder, light, love to enter and take root.
Unfold your power to choose, respond, create, allow new and fresh.
Let the old fall away.
Give meaning to moments, depth to life.
Space within.

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

In the Unknowing, Knowing

“The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.” – Thomas Merton

“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.” – Thomas Merton

Calculator and canvas;
Art and science;
Sky and spec;
Knowing and mystery;
Boundary and wide open field;
A moment and forever;
Shadow and light;
Oasis and desert;
Deep beyond surface;
Found in silence, inquiry, observation, praise, awe, wonder;
Discernment and clarity;
Imperfection and incompleteness;
Sacred and holy;
Beyond the façade, recipes, rules, assumptions, expections;
Unbound and calling you home to self, true self;
Pieces to patterns;
Unfinished and unexplainable;
All of this and more;
Not caught, rather harnessed and embraced;
Intuition the map;
Homecoming the destination;
Transformation and unfolding.

“The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God’s mercy to me.” – Thomas Merton

The Play of Imagination

“All of our great traditions, religious, contemplative and artistic, say that you must a learn how to be alone – and have a relationship with silence. It is difficult, but it can start with just the tiniest quiet moment.” – David Whyte

“The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.” – Carl Jung

Ebb and flow.
Circles and seasons.
Clouds and blue sky.
In and out.
Back again.

Rhythm, the dance.

Play of imagination.
Restore and re-enter the world anew.
To commune and connect.
Belong and convene.
Unconditional love, the only kind.
Give and receive.

“The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Forefront and Focus

“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” – Henry David Thoreau

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau

Turn down the noise of distraction. Allow fresh air in to expand your lungs. Zoom in and pan out. See the unfolding and unfurling. Be open to change, to expansion, to unknowing, to mystery, to beauty. Always a choice of what we put in the forefront and fade to the backdrop. Perspective and focus. Make a good choice today. One that serves, builds, nurtures. Front and center, choose well.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

But Today

“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee, it blossoms and the bee comes.” – Mark Nepo

“But today you are precious and rare and awake. It ushers us into grateful living. It makes hesitation useless.” ― Mark Nepo

Make something new of this day.
Use all ingredients, elements, material.
Combine, create and connect.
Imagine, let go, take hold.
Precious. Rare. Awake.
Hesitation made useless.
Dive in.

“In release, we begin.” – Mark Nepo

Write Your Story

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Tend to the narratives you tell yourself, what you’ve come to believe.
Is it familiar, flat and stale?
Does it serve your growth, healing, transformation?
Unlearn, relearn, learn.
Choose a different story line.
Change the arc.
Expansion over contraction.
Knowing in the unknowing.
Depth and dimension.
Salt and light.
Becoming through unbecoming.
Listen, write, rewrite.
The first draft is never the final draft.
Edit and hone.
Keep writing your story each day.

“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” – Colette

Divinity

“The True Self is not our creation, but God’s. It is the self we are in our depths. It is our capacity for divinity and transcendence.” – Sue Monk Kidd

“Your lesson in this lifetime is to find and trust your own precious voice.”― Elizabeth Lesser

May your heart be soft
Ears attuned
Eyes clear
Imagination open for business
Hands unclenched to receive
Your yolk easy and burden light

Work with the clay you have now to shape the life that is only yours to create
Found in what is already present in this moment
Awaken and be held by the divine, the sacred, the holy.

“Then Jacob woke from his sleep, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place – and I did not know it!” – Genesis 28:16

Into the Field

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” – Alice Walker

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau

Go into the field
Wide open spaces
Into imagination
Expansiveness
Possibility
Exploration
Adventure
Where the ground and sky unite
The air is fresh and crisp
Open the windows of your mind
Walk through the doors
Allow the walls to fall
Release your spirit to play
Let old and worn fall away
Be refreshed in the present and new
Accept the blessings
Keep becoming who you are within and within reach.

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” – Joseph Campbell

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

Purple Crayons

“When the light turns green, you go. When the light turns red, you stop. But what do you do when the light turns blue with orange and lavender spots?”― Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”― Shel Silverstein

A fresh bloom of flowers, purple crayons, confetti to adorn the path. Slow and measured, aware and awake, off the beaten path, outside the lines, engage your imagination. Get outside, get out of your thoughts and observe, venture to new places where the sidewalk ends. Anything can be, indeed.

“There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.”

― Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

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