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Walls to Windows

“You are on a soulful path that asks you to step into the greatest version of yourself. It is a sacred gift to shine your brightest light, not just in your moments of glory, but each day.” – Debbie Ford

“There is a vastness that quiets the soul. But sometimes we are so squarely in the midst of life’s forces that we can’t see what we’re a part of.” – Mark Nepo

May your walls become windows.
Inviting the light in, exposing your soul, broadening your view.
See the expanse of the universe and your place in the vastness woven in this very day.
Beyond circumstances, distractions and swirling thoughts into the rich soil of life.
Let the light in, open the windows, plant seeds, harvest joy.
Someday is today.
Fully participate in it.
Walls to windows.

Threshold

“Be slow to speak, and only after having first listened quietly, so that you may understand the meaning, leanings, and wishes of those who do speak. Thus you will better know when to speak and when to be silent.” – Saint Ignatius

Between thoughts and actions lies a threshold, a still point. Guide the direction of your thoughts and attention, anchor in gratitude and abundance. Cross the threshold to actions that contribute, create and multiply. Choose response over reaction. Amplify positive over negative. Release energy over exhaustion.

Observe. Listen. Learn.

“If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.” – Robert Baden-Powell

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

Handiwork

“Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.” – Victor Hugo

“This is how Heaven works. They’re practical. We are always looking for rays of light. For lightning bolts or burning bushes. But God is a worker, like us. He made the world — He didn’t hire poor Indios to build it for him! God has worker’s hands. Just remember — angels carry no harps. Angels carry hammers.”― Luis Alberto Urrea, The Hummingbird’s Daughter

Discover your wings
Allow the path to unfold, walk softly into the unknown
Witness God’s handiwork in your life, in this day, all around and within
A slight shift, a different angle, new eyes
Gratitude, grace and generosity
Enjoy the journey, carry a hammer, take flight.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

Contours and Edges

“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Believe in the holy contour of life.” – Jack Kerouac

Pause to see the detail in things, places, others, in yourself
Beneath and below the surface
Awaiting discovery, to be found
The shapes, dimension, contours, edges, complexity, contradictions, connections
Be willing to move into the unknowing, the mystery, the depth
Allow it to unfold, to be enamored, in awe
Holy, sacred, formative moments that wake us to the present
The gift in the simple, in observation, in gratitude

“Take a walk with a turtle. And behold the world in pause.” – Bruce Feiler

Pause for a moment to stillness, study what is in front of you, reset and begin again new.

“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

Your All

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

May the ink run dry in your pen as you write the story of your life
Pouring it all out
Filling blank spaces with poetry, curiosity and messy imperfection
Words of praise
Thoughts of gratitude
Actions of generosity
Show up, participate, give it your all!
Game on.

“Be curious, not judgmental.” – Walt Whitman

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

 

 

The Anchor of Breath

“With an undefended heart, we can fall in love with life over and over every day. We can become children of wonder, grateful to be walking on earth, grateful to belong with each other and to all of creation. We can find our true refuge in every moment, in every breath.” – Tara Brach

Breathe deeply often
Anchor in the floor of your heart
Wake up to the glory in this moment
Grateful for another day
Ready to make something of it
Kind and gentle
Generous and joyful
For others and yourself
The power of breath, gratitude and praise.

“The moment is everything. Don’t think about tomorrow; don’t think about yesterday: think about exactly what you’re doing right now and live it and dance it and breath it and be it.” – Wendy Whelan

 

Soul Music

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”- John Muir

“When we try to protect ourselves from the inevitability of change, we are not listening to the soul. We are listening to our fear of life and death, our lack of faith, our smaller ego’s will to prevail. To listen to your soul is to stop fighting with life–to stop fighting when things fall apart; when they don’t go our away, when we get sick, when we are betrayed or mistreated or misunderstood. To listen to the soul is to slow down, to feel deeply, to see ourselves clearly, to surrender to discomfort and uncertainty and to wait.”― Elizabeth Lesser

May you find:
Joy in waiting
Peace in struggles
Faith in the desert
Hope when weary
Strength to keep going
Kindness for self and others

Let go of control
Allow your soul to drive
Your spirit to sore
Your heart to embrace
Soul music – listen

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Edmund Hillary

Unfoldings

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Elizabeth Appell

“Life is lived on levels and arrived at in stages.” –  Edwin Louis Cole

Bulb planted
Roots take hold
Breaks ground
One stem branches in all directions
A balancing
Reaching for the sky
All stages in play
From bud to bloom
Unfolding in stages
Patiently
On time, never late.

Life is found in the process, in the middle, woven tightly between beginnings and endings, unfolding in front of us.
Step back to see progress, growth, lessons, blessings.
Experience loss all the way through, it’s the cost of loving deeply, the full spectrum of living awake.
Experience joy all the way through, it’s the foundation that keeps you rooted when the winds blow strong and relentless.
Experience hope all the way through, it’s the embrace that holds and heals, transforms and transcends.
Do not dismiss ordinary days, the very place and space that holy and sacred reside.
God has placed beauty, wonder and awe hidden right in front of us, never missing a day.
In nature, in another passing soul, in our own soul.
The rhythm of breath, the warmth of light, the flow of time.
Invite it all in to capture your attention, to enter your awareness, to stop you in your tracks.
Forego busy and efficiency, the pursuit of accumulation.
Choose flow, fruition, seed to bloom, waiting in joy in the in between.
Unfoldings abase and abound.

“As life has a way of unfolding as it is meant to, I have learned to trust life.” – Linda Thompson

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