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Unfolding in Grace

“To be transformed implies letting go of control for a while in the hopeful expectation that something worthwhile may result.” ― Esther de Waal, Living On the Border: Reflections on the Experience of Threshold

“You do not always have to be producing, creating, harvesting. Learn to be idle. Learn to rest.”― Joyce Rupp, The Circle Of Life: The Heart’s Journey Through The Seasons

Rest to be filled back up again
Off leash to wander, explore
Step back to get a treetop view
Listen with rapt attention
Allow the unfolding and transformation of grace.

“When you start to feel like things should have been better this year, remember the mountains and valleys that got you here. They are not accidents, and those moments weren’t in vain. You are not the same. You have grown and you are growing. You are breathing, you are living, you are wrapped in endless, boundless grace. And things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday.”― Morgan Harper Nichols

Of Now

“The place on which you are standing is holy ground.” – Exodus 3:5

“Only in the pauses between things, in the brief contemplative spaces of just being, can we catch a glimpse of love itself.”― Gerald G. May

In the pause, may you know holy ground on which you stand.
That of now, of presence, of yes!
Slow down to see time while it is happening.
The sacred space that surrounds.
The beauty abundant and overflowing.
Steep in it so the color washes off on you.
Glimpses of love woven through each day.
Spend your days well.
Each one a strand that weaves life together.

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”― Annie Dillard

Brush and Canvas

“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”― Simone Weil

Be both brush and canvas.
Paint color on the day.
Allow the day to paint color on you.
An exchange, a conversation, a dance.
Participant and spectator.
Enter the mystery, the unfolding, the overflowing now.
Pause and take notice.
What do you need to hear?
What do you need to see?
Listen. Look.

“All serious daring starts from within.”― Eudora Welty, On Writing


“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” – Amit Ray

“Life is a collection of moments. Mindfulness is beautification of the moments.” – Amit Ray

Just when you think you’ve seen every flower, nature paints a new one.
Mixing colors, shapes, shadow, light.
Seek, hunt, pursue beauty each day.
A gift of renewal, refreshing, awakening.
It is always there awaiting your witnessing, embracing.
We find what we look for, what we pay attention to.
Joy resides in the simple made holy.

“Meditation is making a bridge between the Silence of the Inner World and the Waves of the Outer World.” — Amit Ray

Exhale, then In Again

“Gratitude arises from paying attention, from being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us.” – David Whyte

“These few words are enough. If not these few words, this breath.  If not this breath, this sitting here. This opening to the life we have refused again and again. Until now.” – David Whyte

Exhale. Inhale. Repeat.
Stop holding your breath.
Trying to predict, to plot, to control.
Beating disappointment to the punch, rooting in apprehension, preparing for disappointment.
Expectations unmet, disappointment, detours.
All a part of life.
Along with joy, delight, awe, wonder, ease, exhalation, enthusiasm, laughter.
The ebb and flow.
Life is a conversation waiting to happen each day, not a lecture or series of lessons.
Rhythm, flow, the dance.
Enter, abide, allow.

“What if the world is holding its breath – waiting for you to take the place that only you can fill?” – David Whyte

Breathe deeply.
In and out.
Inhale, exhale.
Release, put it down, pick up only what is necessary to travel light.
Rest awhile.
To find and be found again.

“When your eyes are tired the world is tired also. When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you.” – David Whyte

Allow joy to wash over, to become the ground you stand on.
Perfection a myth, plans unfinished.
A mix, a mess, a muddle.
Dimensional and deep.
Immerse yourself into this day.
The ordinary, the blessings, the sun.
Inhale, exhale, begin again.

“What you can plan is too small for you to live. What you can live wholeheartedly will make plans enough for the vitality hidden in your sleep.” – David Whyte

Twice, Maybe More

“Be here now.”― Ram Dass

“If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future.”― Eckhart Tolle

We can live twice.
Once in real time, present to the moment, our place in it.
Aware of the blessings and beauty amidst burdens, hidden in plain sight, longing to be noticed.
Grateful when in it, not racing ahead, or rearview mirror driving.
A second time in memory, reflecting, finding meaning, seeing the pieces fit, accepting not understanding, weaving and integrating into our story.
Moving forward to new paths, not circling back to familiarity and the “good old” days.
The “good old” days are now.
Slow down, put down the “to-do” list, stop checking boxes and experience the depth and expanse.
Live twice, maybe more.

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”― Jelaluddin Rumi

Restoration in Progress

“There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives.” – Josephine Hart

“Poetry is often the art of overhearing yourself say things you didn’t know you knew. It is a learned skill to force yourself to articulate your life, your present world or your possibilities for the future.” – David Whyte

May you be restored each day within.
Pruning, burning, rooting, seeding, growing.
Pay attention to your internal landscape.
Nurture, garden and tend to it.
Peace in the world begins with self.
Restoration in progress.

“If you keep the Sabbath, you start to see creation not as somewhere to get away from your ordinary life, but a place to frame an attentiveness to your life.” – Eugene H. Peterson

Immersed in Now

“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there,’ or being in the present but wanting to be in the future.”― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Settle into this moment.
Enter this day.
Fully present to the now.
Dancing with the known and unknown.
With questions answered and unanswered.
Aware of the seen.
Inviting the unseen to unfold.
A fullness in the completeness and incompleteness that linger beside each other.
Living both, and, or, plus, minus, all of it.
Observing and engaging.
A spectator and participant.
Glancing back while forging ahead, feeling each footfall.
The power found in now.

“To know yourself as the Being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love and joy underneath the pain, is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.” – Eckhart Tolle

Press Pause

“Sometimes you need to press pause to let everything sink in.” – Sebastian Vettel

“Mindfulness not only makes it possible to survey our internal landscape with compassion and curiosity but can also actively steer us in the right direction for self-care.”― Bessel A. van der Kolk

May calm, ease and rest enter and sit with you today, each day.
To remind you often of what and who is important, including self.
In service and giving, we find our purpose.
Self-care, then other care.
Approval, people-pleasing, offense, permission-seeking, judgment, worry, the past, the future, control, negativity, certainty, our way – all hindering beauty, imagination, joy, delight, awe, enthusiasm, possibility, excitement, abundance.
Let these good things in to do their work in and with you.
Art, music, nature, writing, reading – prompts, bridges, gateways to the great expanse that resides with, in and next to each of us.
Reflect, decompress, pause, recalibrate.
Discernment, clarity, divine order.

“It’s not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities.” – Kristin Armstrong

Flowers in Winter

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” – Oscar Wilde

“We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.” – Robert Frost

Unfolding and unfurling.
The middle.
The waiting.
The undone.
Started but not finished.
Not yet.
In the not yet fully realized seasons, hope pulls, faith anchors, joy buoys.
Patience, perseverance, gratitude.
Trust the process.
Allow the revealing.
Detach from circumstances.
Reset the table.
Keep going, find delight woven into each day.
Flowers in winter.
In letting it be.
In letting it become.

“It’s not a matter of letting go—you would if you could. Instead of ‘let it go’ we should probably say ‘let it be’.” — Jon Kabat-Zinn

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