“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, The Awakened Heart: Opening Yourself to the Love You Need
“Life is not a matter of reaching a stagnant end point, but is rather an ongoing process in which one, hopefully and with grace, grows ever more deeply in love.”― Gerald G. May, The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth
Enter the flow of life and let it enter you.
A deepening and lightening.
To see the same anew.
The familiar as if for the first time.
Beauty, wonder, awe to guide and lead.
Lay down the unnecessary, freeing your arms to catch and embrace glimpses of love, peace and joy.
To be moved from stagnancy to grace.
In the pauses, abundance overflows.
“Joy is the reaction one has to the full appreciation of Being. It is one’s response to finding one’s rightful, rooted place in life, and it can happen only when one knows through and through that absolutely nothing is being denied or otherwise shut out of awareness.”― Gerald G. May, Will and Spirit: A Contemplative Psychology
“Meditation is not about what’s happening, it is about how we’re relating to what’s happening.” ― Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace
“Order us, that we may stand within time holding your hand. That we may know we are enough, not because what we make of these hours, but because within these hours – with you – we are being made.”― Micha Boyett
More is here, unnoticed.
Enough, more than enough overflowing.
Ease, woven in slowing.
Delight, in the rising of the sun.
Brilliance, in the color and curve of a flower.
Joy, in a smile that breaks into laughter.
All of it, prayer.
When we recognize what already is present for our savoring.
An invitation and welcoming, the messy and beauty.
A returning to wonder, a response of praise and awe.
We are being made, written, painted, created each day.
Witness the work of the Author, Artist, Creator.
“Prayer is not an act I perform, words I recite, a behavior I strive to maintain. It is a returning. It is a broken life finding healing, a misplaced soul recognizing home.”― Micha Boyett, Found: A Story of Questions, Grace & Everyday Prayer
“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”― Mary Oliver
“Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.” – Marcus Aurelius
A painted rock on a snowbank on a morning walk
Slow enough to see the detail in the moment
The gravity of now
Time held still to reveal and rejoice in what already is overflowing
Even God rested on Sunday
And it was and is good.
“To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”― Lao Tzu
When the water pools, find the passage to the river.
Flowing and free.
Static to dynamic.
Separate to connection, belonging.
Real time awareness.
Reflection for witnessing.
Intuition and experience.
Beginner and wanderer.
Mystery and meaning.
Hold patterns and landings.
Beginnings and endings. Repeat.
Before, after and the in between where we reside the most.
Create the space and grace for the mix of it all.
The cycle of continual arriving.
“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”― Lao Tzu
“Stop leaving and you will arrive. Stop searching and you will see. Stop running away and you will be found.”― Lao Tzu
“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
The month of strong starts and quick stops.
Returning to familiar old when motivation wanes and drains.
Change it this time.
Not leaps and grand gestures.
A few steps each day repeated to compound, multiply, root.
Repeat, focus, keep going.
Mindfulness. Reflection. Action.
Do the daily work and wait.
Letting go to take hold.
Clearing clutter within and out to create space.
Renewal a moment, an hour, a day at time.
Body, mind, soul.
Simplicity, patience, compassion.
Caterpillar to butterfly.
“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?”― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colours; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow.” ― Khalil Gibran
“Your daily life is your temple and your religion.”― Kahill Gibran
Rush not into the new year with grand gestures but small repeated daily acts, shifts, rituals
Quiet time to reflect
Focused time to move
Sacred time to prompt gratitude, wonder and awe
Trying new things
Make new mistakes
Become a beginner again and again
Listen to different perspectives
Seek beauty hidden in the details of ordinary days
Swallow and drink in the mystery of you and the world
Endless ways to see the same thing and be made new.
“I learned that mystery doesn’t mean that something is unknowable; it merely points to the fact that there are endless ways of seeing that same thing. My job is to let go of enough order and control so I can experience life’s mysteries in full.”— J. Patrick Boland and Richard Rohr, Every Thing Is Sacred: 40 Practices and Reflections on the Universal Christ
“The Abrahamic religions refer to God as Spirit, the holy wind animating life.”― Diana Butler Bass, Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution
“I wonder how many people I’ve looked at all my life and never seen.”― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
I love things that make me think, really think.
Move me to another level, to discovery, an unfolding.
That challenge, make me look twice and again, longer, beneath the surface, above the obvious.
To beauty, to patterns, to connection, to wonder, imagination and awe.
A space of unknowing, unlearning, undoing of assumptions, opinions and judgment.
Relational rather than transactional.
A book, a song, a poem, a flower, a sunset, a child, an adult who remembers what it’s like to be a child.
Expanding rather than contracting.
An invitation, allowing and opening.
From me and other to us.
A response and action to change and be changed.
To see and be seen.
Make me think and think again.
Through my mind but mostly through my heart.
“Dream up the kind of world you want to live in. Dream out loud.”― Bono
“Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.” – Wayne Dyer
“So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” – T. S. Eliot
The tipping point of the tipping point
The cusp, the height, the depth
Longest night, shortest day
The first day of winter, though the preview feels like the full movie
Solstice comes from the Latin words “sol” – sun and “sistere” – to stand still
The sun stands still
An invitation to do the same
To witness, to watch, to wait
The beginning of the journey to light
The slow march to spring,
The rebirth of the sun
May you solstice well
Dance in darkness and light
Allowing the stillness to reveal, renew, transform.
“In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love.” – Eckhart Tolle
“The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it”― Henri Nouwen
“Awe is the gateway to compassion. It is a deep awareness that we are creators, creators who work with the Creator, in an ongoing project of crafting a world. If we do not like the world or are afraid of it, we have had a hand in that. And if we made a mess, we can clean it up and do better. We are what we make.”― Diana Butler Bass, Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution
May you passthrough the gateway of awe to wonder, joy and peace.
“Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.”― Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace
“Everything beautiful has a mark of eternity.”― Simone Weil, Lectures on Philosophy
Beyond a mere passing glance, a blur
Pause, sit, watch
Pay attention, rapt attention
If but only for a minute or two to get caught by beauty
Held hostage by awe and wonder
A mark of eternity
Spark to flame.
“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”― Simone Weil