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Still Waters

“The Lord is my shepherd, shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” – Psalm 23

“So much of our lives takes place in our heads – in memory or imagination, in speculation or interpretation – that sometimes I feel that I can change my life by changing the way I look at it.”― Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

In memory and imagination;
In speculation and interpretation;
In thoughts and words;
In stillness and observation;
Pause and let still waters, still and fill your soul;
To feel the expanse, depth and richness of life;
To shift your view to see the same differently;
Sit still and allow stillness to take you on an adventure to yourself.
Slow. Attention. Stillness.

“In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.”― Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

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

Kindle a Light

“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” – Carl Jung

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” – Carl Jung

May you see both blue and clouds.
Texture and dimension.
Hue and tones.
Clarity and mystery.
Depth and expanse.
Details and patterns.
Witness and engage.
Listen and respond.
Yes, and.
In awe.
At attention.
Awake to the full story and the one yet to be written.
Write it.
Kindle a light.

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. Carl Jung

Winding River

“He who does not know his way to the sea should take a river for his guide.” – Blaise Pascal

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The Rivers flow not past, but through us.” – John Muir

As the river bends, may you turn gently, washing over rocks, flowing with ease.
As the trees sway to the wind without breaking, may you bend, dancing in the breeze.
Standing knee deep in the river of life, finding joy in ordinary days.
Witness and participate.
Enter the song, the poem, the dance of grace, beauty and light.
The winding river flowing to the sea.

“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” – Albert Camus

Forest and Trees

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”― John Muir

“In our mediocrity and distraction, we forget that we are privileged to live in a wondrous universe.”— John O’Donohue

When you cannot see the forest for the trees, step back and observe the forest, the entire picture, the full journey. Uncover the narrative you’ve come to believe. Fiction or nonfiction? When too close to opinions, assumption and criticism, step back and find the connection between self and others. We are more alike than different. Humans, carrying stories that confine and constrict, trying to figure out the ending and missing the journey in the process. Joy can exist separate from circumstances and is rooted in gratitude.

Find the sacred in this day, found within. Be gentle and others. Kindness and peace to you today and each day that follows. Enter the sanctuary of the trees to be brought back to the fundamental and holiness of living daily. Clarity found in quiet. Ease found in pause. Gratitude found in seeing both the forest and the trees.

“Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured…

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.

When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.” – Herman Hess, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

“You should belong first in your own interiority.”— John O’Donohue

Crooked and Amazing

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”― John Muir, The Mountains of California

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” – Edward Abbey

Accept the invitation to make this day your own;
Choose your own thoughts, set your own view, pave your own path;
Put aside opinion, judgment and assumption;
Break new trail;
Rise above circumstances, carry on, celebrate effort and progress, blessings and growth;
Take an eagle’s view to see the full landscape, the crooked path, the amazing view through the lens of daily gratitude, childlike awe and full attention;
Transcend, breathe, open arms.

“A quiet mind cureth all.” – Robert Burton

Intention, Attention, Effort

“Nothing happens next. This is it.” – Gahan Wilson

“Make the most of every sense; glory in all of the pleasures and beauty which the world reveals to you…” – Helen Keller

In the quiet of morning, set your intentions for the day;
Focus your attention;
Guide your efforts to be present and awake, on watch and in search of wonder;
Think about what you are thinking about;
Break patterns that do not serve, that bind, that constrict;
Take the wheel from spiraling thoughts, busy work, checkbox lists and start driving;
Use all of your senses to immerse into the day, a moment at a time;
Pull over throughout the day, create still points to gauge your presence, fill your reservoir;
Take a walk, observe, nature always heals, centers and resets;
Re-enter the world renewed;
Contribute, be generous, smile, laugh, lighten up;
Be in reverence and awe, delight in ease and flow;
At the end of the day, mark what you learned, what you taught, what you are grateful for;
Lay it down, rest well and enter tomorrow when the sun rises on that day;
Intention. Attention. Effort.
Start again, each day.

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” – Henry David Thoreau

Pump the Brakes

“It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Slow down and take in the scenery. Rest and relax throughout the day to awaken to all possibilities. Get out of the rut of scarcity through awareness and pause. Abundance is in reach with clear eyes and renewed energy. Deep breath. In and out. Smile and laugh to lighten up. Back to this moment.

“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Think About That!

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” – Marcus Aurelius

Start, carry and end each day with intention, focus and attention.
Set the course with awareness and control of which thoughts to entertain.
Respond rather than react.
Do not become limiting negative thoughts, for your experience follows suit.
Let the noise and clutter pass by like a river, allowing solace and clarity space to enter and pool.
Assume the best and let go of judgment.
Return to center, to anchor, to hold only what is essential.
Be rigorous in guarding your joy, finding your bliss.
Unwrap the gift of this day.
The power of thoughts to transform and transcend, to imagine and dream.
Think about that with your mind, heart and spirit.

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

The Path Before You

“The spiritual path – is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don’t know it.” – Marianne Williamson

“When we pause, allow a gap and breathe deeply, we can experience instant refreshment. Suddenly, we slow down, look out, and there’s the world.”— Pema Chödrön

May you see more than stones in the road
Experience both gravity and flight
See the abstract and concrete woven throughout
Feel the breadth and depth of sunrise and sunset and all that lies between
With gratitude, grace and imperfection
Start again each day, farther along, not yet arrived but in forward motion
Journey with anticipation and ease
Transcend circumstances, hover above the noise, observe with hope
Witness and emerge into your life in this moment, the rhythm and flow
Look out, around and within
The world awaits your arrival.

“We all want to be happy. We need to expand the notion of what that means, to make it bigger and wiser.” – Sharon Salzberg

 

 

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