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Dare to Claim the Sky

“That is what happens when you put your soul in charge of your life. You dare to claim the sky. That sky is different for everyone. For one person, maybe the sky is having a baby, being a parent, growing a family. But for another it’s never having kids; it’s traveling the globe; it’s saving the world… You know your sky. And if you don’t, it’s because you haven’t listened closely enough.”
― Elizabeth Lesser, Marrow: A Love Story

“Whatever is happening, whatever is changing, whatever is going or not going according to my plans—I release my hold on all of it. I leave behind who I think I am, who I want to be, what I want the world to be. I come home to the great peace of the present moment.”― Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

Put light hunting and joy fishing on your “to do” list every single day;
Play, wander, listen, move from doing to being;
Go deeper, stay longer, linger;
Find cracks and crevices to let light in to break of the density of your thinking, your opinions, your resistance;
Move from mind to heart and back again to build a bridge, a connection, a thruway;
Write new endings and beginnings to your story a paragraph at a time with your daily thoughts, intentions, words and actions;
Yield to light and joy;
Dare to claim your sky.

“May you listen to the voice within the beat even when you are tired. When you feel yourself breaking down, may you break open instead. May every experience in life be a door that opens your heart, expands your understanding, and leads you to freedom. If you are weary, may you be aroused by passion and purpose. If you are blameful and bitter, may you be sweetened by hope and humor. If you are frightened, may you be emboldened by a big consciousness far wiser than your fear. If you are lonely, may you find love, may you find friendship. If you are lost, may you understand that we are all lost, and still we are guided—by Strange Angels and Sleeping Giants, by our better and kinder natures, by the vibrant voice within the beat. May you follow that voice, for This is the way—the hero’s journey, the life worth living, the reason we are here.”― Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

Wonderment

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” – James M. Barrie

Awaken to see the wonder all around in this very moment.
Ask, pause and listen for answers.
In reach and available.
Assume nothing, allow more.
In wandering, exploration and seeking, we make the journey an adventure.
The process and the outcome are the gifts.
Double blessing.

Wonderland

“It is a person’s unquenchable thirst for wonder
That sets them on their initial quest for truth.
The more doors you open, the smaller you become.
The more places you see and the more people you meet,
The greater your curiosity grows.
The greater your curiosity, the more you will wander.
The more you wander, the greater the wonder.
The more you quench your thirst for wonder,
The more you drink from the cup of life.
The more you see and experience, the closer to truth you become.
The more languages you learn, the more truths you can unravel.
And the more countries you travel, the greater your understanding.
And the greater your understanding, the less you see differences.
And the more knowledge you gain, the wider your perspective,
And the wider your perspective, the lesser your ignorance.
Hence, the more wisdom you gain, the smaller you feel.
And the smaller you feel, the greater you become.
The more you see, the more you love —
The more you love, the less walls you see.
The more doors you are willing to open,
The less close-minded you will be.
The more open-minded you are,
The more open your heart.
And the more open your heart,
The more you will be able to
Send and receive —
Truth and TRUE
Unconditional
LOVE.”

― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Sacred Space

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Make me count the days not in number but in joy;
Take me beneath transaction and doing to connection and being;
Show me the patterns, signs and signals woven through the day;
Soften my heart, lighten my words;
Pull me out of my thoughts into spirit and soul;
Prompt me to plant seeds and harvest the bounty;
Lead me to grace, generosity and gratitude;
To find the divine and sacred in the ordinary and simple.

“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.” – Joseph Campbell

Create a prayer of each day, an offering, an effort, an ease, a knowing in the mystery. Return to your sacred space again and again.

“Faith is not, first of all, for overcoming obstacles; it is for experiencing them – all the way through! – Richard Rohr

Sweet. Simple. Joy.

“Ultimately it’s the simple things that make a difference.” – Chris Smalling

“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

Anchor to hope, not circumstances. Assume the best in others and be proven wrong on occasion. Find the blessings in the burdens.

Joy is available in all seasons and cycles. It’s a constant. Our most important job is to find it daily in plain sight, lurking, longing to be found. Let joy sneak up on you.

Joy can be found in the silly, in mischief, in frolicking, in prayer, in laughter, in nature, in an embrace, in flowers, in a smile, in music, in art, in literature, in play, in gratitude, in dogs, even in some people (make sure you’re one of them), in simple encounters.

Double count blessings, multiply joy. Abundance and light with a shift in attention, focus and intention.

“Play is the highest form of research.” – Einstein

Get out of your head into your imagination. The journey is what you make it so settle only for sweet, simple joy.

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” – Stephen Covey

The Realm

“once you have tasted the taste of sky, you will forever look up”― Leonardo DaVinci

“Joy – Beneath sorrow and happiness there lies the realm of joy. Joy is deeper than any emotion. It is a state of Being. When new receive life exactly as it is, whether we are happy or sad about the circumstance, we find beneath these fleeting emotions there is a wellspring of joy. This joy knows and celebrates the mystery in which we are privileged to participate.” – Ann Mortifee, In Love with the Mystery

Beneath, above, around and in reach
All you need in this moment is readily available to access, to accept, to explore
New day, new eyes, open heart
Start and end with gratitude and the in between takes care of itself.
Joy is a river that flows and remains, sit down on its shores.
Hope is the sky, look up in awe.
Gratitude is fuel, fill up daily.

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”― Rumi

At the Same Time

Fences and boundaries create control and certainty. They also confine and restrict. Draw outside the lines, move the boundaries out to expand and explore. Rarely is life made up of all joy or all struggle. We can have both and much more at the same time. You can feel joy in struggles.

You do not need permission to laugh, sing and dance when times are difficult. That is precisely the time to do these “frivolous” activities. To create gates in your fences to enter wide open fields of possibility and light.

Joy, optimism, hope, peace are verbs. Put them into action each day. Experience the complexity and simplicity of life at the same time. Use your imagination. Broaden your view.

“Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance – the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it; better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen.” – Thomas Carlyle

Tripping Over Joy

“My appointed work is to awaken the divine nature that is within.” – Peace Pilgrim

Tripping Over Joy

“What is the difference
Between your experience of Existence
And that of a saint?

The saint knows
That the spiritual path
Is a sublime chess game with God

And that the Beloved
Has just made such a Fantastic Move

That the saint is now continually
Tripping over Joy
And bursting out in Laughter
And saying, “I Surrender!”

Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think
You have a thousand serious moves.”

― Hafez, I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy

May you trip over joy and keep tripping to awaken to a steady state of gratitude that does not rely on circumstances, other people’s approval or permission, perfection that prevents action or someday thinking. “Someday thinking” steals our “this day” joy.

Surrender to this day and open all of its gifts.

Take Notice

“I praise loudly. I blame softly.” – Catherine the Great

Start and end with gratitude, with loud praise and joy follows in ordinary days, in ordinary ways. Breathe in deeply and take notice. The symphony of birds welcoming spring, a flower reaching for the sky. All in reach. Be available, accept the invitation, linger.

Invitation
by Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings

“Oh do you have time
to linger
for just a little while
out of your busy

and very important day
for the goldfinches
that have gathered
in a field of thistles

for a musical battle,
to see who can sing
the highest note,
or the lowest,

or the most expressive of mirth,
or the most tender?
Their strong, blunt beaks
drink the air

as they strive
melodiously
not for your sake
and not for mine

and not for the sake of winning
but for sheer delight and gratitude –
believe us, they say,
it is a serious thing

just to be alive
on this fresh morning
in the broken world.
I beg of you,

do not walk by
without pausing
to attend to this
rather ridiculous performance.

It could mean something.
It could mean everything.
It could be what Rilke meant, when he wrote:
‘You must change your life.’”

 

The Joy in the JOurneY

“Just as perennials bloom, wither, die, and turn to mulch, only to seed, break ground, and bloom again, the soul is a perennial that keeps breaking ground through the many chances we give it.”— The Book of Soul: 52 Paths to Living What Matters by Mark Nepo

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” – Sitting Bull

What’s right in front, in reach, that you are missing? What else? How about? Why not? Beyond the perceived struggle is an ease, a depth, a tapestry. Broaden your view and then move closer to see the details in unexplored territory on your doorstep. Find the joy in the daily journey, participate in it.

Do not forgo your life pursuing someday, perfect circumstances, expecting others to change. You change. Control the only thing you can – you, your thoughts, attitude and perspective.

Enter your life anew daily, engage, dive beneath the surface of feelings, perfection and ego into the well of flourishing, possibility and expansion available now. Awareness, gratitude and awe fuel joy, optimism and outcomes.

Search, find and receive the joy in the journey.

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

The Good Fight

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” – Christopher McCandless

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo Buscaglia

I started yesterday with focus, attention and intention. Meditation. Exercise. Positive mindset. After a day of meetings, I ended the day tired, worn out and sick of everyone. All the negativity, the weariness, the heavy weight people bear and share. Overcounting burdens, undercounting blessings, bypassing bliss. I’ve done it too. I just don’t want to stay there anymore.

We are so much more than our fickle feelings, deeper than our temporary circumstances. When we refuse to engage and respond by allowing feelings to pass by without fuel or expansion, we detach from being victims of negativity to victors of optimism, hope and resilience.

We all have bad days. Let them happen, but not too many. Precious time is being wasted in the spirals we enter and allow others to pull us in. Your mindset is under your control so allow others to be who they are and fix what’s yours to fix – your own outlook and perspective. You can have empathy and offer hope at the same time.

Looking up at the sky last night with the sun breaking through the clouds as the rain prepared to enter, my consciousness rose above the day, breaking the earthly bonds of heaviness, equilibrium returned, a steady joy state.

“If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.”- Carlos Santana

Allow feelings to enter, pass and be released. Ease and peace will enter with no effort. The gift of grace. Accept it. Offer it to expand it. Fight the good fight, the right fight.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7

 

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