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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

Mind and Mine Today

“Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patience.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Woven in the ordinary, in the sameness.
In the crevices and cracks.
In the corners and hallways.
In the waiting and the hurry.
In nature, a flower, the sun, the eyes of another.
Beauty, joy, awe linger.
Do not miss today in search of tomorrow, of someday, of different.
Be present, participate, contribute.
In this moment, be present in this step of the journey
Mindful of the moment.
Mining the beauty, joy and awe.

“Mindfulness is a way of being present: paying attention to and accepting what is happening in our lives. It helps us to be aware of and step away from our automatic and habitual reactions to our everyday experiences.” — Elizabeth Thornton


“Listen to life, and you will hear the voice of life crying, Be!.” – James Dillet Freeman

“Listen to life, and you will hear the voice of life crying, Be!.” – James Dillet Freeman

“Sometimes the answer to prayer is not that it changes life, but that it changes you.” – James Dillet Freeman

In cycles, circles and seasons, there is unfolding and becoming.
Never done yet evolving and expanding, contracting and transforming.
Seek first to be changed, moved, renewed, again and again.
Circumstances, other people, the past, the future are woven throughout our life.
And yet, each of us decides how we will engage, to what we will give power to.
We choose what we do with it or not do with it.
What we pick up and what we lay down.
The capacity to change self rather than everything else outside of our direct control is our superpower.
Shifting from fixing and perfection to love and authenticity.
Imperfectly beautiful, a peace that passes understanding.
Cast and catch joy, light and love today.
Be! – Kind, Well, Compassionate, Grateful, Enthusiastic, Forgiving, Generous, Awake, Aware, Love

“For above all, love is a sharing. Love is a power. Love is a change that takes place in our own heart. Sometimes it may change others, but always it changes us.” – James Dillet Freeman

Appointment with Life

“There is no mistake in nature.”- Byron Katie

“There is no mistake in nature.”- Byron Katie

“If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious!”- Thich Nhat Hanh

May you anchor yourself in today.
In the present moment.
Born again each morning.
Holding what is necessary and releasing the rest.

“Let go, or be dragged.” Zen Proverb

Listening. Biding. Awake.
Enough. Empty. Overflowing.
Hopeful. Anticipating. Aware.
All of it.
On time for your daily appointment with life.

“Each morning, we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ― Buddha

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

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