“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.” – Swami Vivekananda
Invite and entertain new thoughts.
Engage in conversations to create connection.
There’s a vast landscape to be discovered in front of us.
Understanding, depth, a sacredness.
Be kind and generous.
Remove the layers to reveal the gift.
Grace given. Grace received.
Who will you meet today?
“The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.” – Swami Vivekananda
“It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.” – C.S. Lewis
“May you listen to the voice within the beat even when you are tired. When you feel yourself breaking down, may you break open instead. May every experience in life be a door that opens your heart, expands your understanding, and leads you to freedom. If you are weary, may you be aroused by passion and purpose. If you are blameful and bitter, may you be sweetened by hope and humor. If you are frightened, may you be emboldened by a big consciousness far wiser than your fear. If you are lonely, may you find love, may you find friendship. If you are lost, may you understand that we are all lost, and still we are guided—by Strange Angels and Sleeping Giants, by our better and kinder natures, by the vibrant voice within the beat. May you follow that voice, for This is the way—the hero’s journey, the life worth living, the reason we are here.”― Elizabeth Lesser
Keep planting, tilling, tending.
Bloom comes in its own time.
Rising from the dirt.
Allow, invite, observe.
Heavy sigh, the waiting.
And it is in the waiting, transformation from seed to bloom is doing its work.
Pause the pursuit and be found.
Listen, watch, all senses in play.
Slow down, quiet, peel the layers.
Your voice, whispering.
“Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached.” – Swami Vivekananda
“The real enemies of our life are the ‘oughts’ and the ‘ifs.’ They pull us backward into the unalterable past and forward into the unpredictable future. But real life takes place in the here and now.” – Henri Nouwen
Move in from the edges, from the surface
Into deep waters
Into the center of now
To unknowing, to mystery, to the core
Beyond first impressions, assumptions and stale thoughts
Into beauty, delight, joy
New day, new thoughts, new enthusiasm
Light from within
Open the door, windows wide
Fresh air, deep breath
“Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.” – Henri Nouwen
“Beauty has no boundaries, no rules, no colors. Beauty is like a religion. You can include everything inside it.” – Alessandro Michele
“Looking back, I sense I was searching for confirmation of what I had long believed about blessings. At the core of that belief lived the conviction that a blessing conveys God’s desire for our wholeness and that it holds the ability to open us to the presence of God in any circumstance.”— Jan Richardson, The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief
Bigger, deeper, stronger than circumstances.
Beneath the surface.
Above the clouds.
In your heart.
Permeating your thoughts.
May you be held by the glimpse and depth of a blessing today.
May you recognize and allow blessings in.
May you be a blessing to yourself and others.
May you invite and welcome God home to where He already resides.
Here and now.
Abiding in this moment.
“A blessing does not explain away our loss or justify devastation. It does not make light of grief or provide a simple fix for the rending. It does not compel us to “move on.” Instead, a blessing meets us in the place of our deepest loss. In that place, it offers us a glimpse of wholeness and claims that wholeness here and now. A blessing helps us to keep breathing—to abide this moment, and the next moment, and the one after that. — Jan Richardson, The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness.” – Galatians 5:22
“A good blessing possesses something of what Celtic folk have long called a thin place, a space where the veil between worlds becomes permeable, and heaven and earth meet.” — The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief by Jan Richardson
In loss and gain.
In harvest and desert.
In between, before, during, after.
In ordinary and extraordinary.
In each moment.
Permeable, present, overwhelming.
May blessings, fruit and love be the ground you stand on, carry, and be held by.
“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau
“The enlarging of the soul requires not only some remodeling, but some excavating.” – Neal A. Maxwell
“The struggle to excavate your true, authentic self from beneath the mountain of conditioning and ridiculous expectation is the epic struggle of your lifetime.”― Bryant McGill
We want to know where we are going before we start.
Balking, hesitating, we remain in stasis.
Returning to the past, to certainty, to the comfort of familiarity.
If we choose to excavate, digging deeper, we find what needs to be discarded, put down and integrated to move on.
It’s the necessary work to destinations unknown, awaiting our arrival, to welcome us home to belonging and authentic self.
When we do the work of excavation and integration, we are on the journey of transformation.
“The light of our thought is always excavating our rich inheritance of darkness. The cradle of origin whose mysteries arise with the dawn, darkness is also the secret homeland where the slow harvestings of twilight return to become woven into the subtle eternity of memory. – John O’Donohue
“In moments of insecurity and crisis, shoulds and oughts don’t really help; they just increase the shame, guilt, pressure, and likelihood of backsliding. It’s the deep yeses that carry us through. It’s that deeper something we are strongly for that allows us to wait it out. It’s someone in whom we absolutely believe and to whom we commit. In plain language, love wins out over guilt any day. It is sad that we settle for the short-run effectiveness of shaming people instead of the long-term life benefits of true transformation.”― Richard Rohr, The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Disorder, Reorder
“Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), the great American essayist, said “nothing great is ever achieved without enthusiasm.” What a deconstructed culture lacks, because of its deep cynicism and pessimism about reality, is a basic confidence and enthusiasm that is necessary to start almost anything.”― Richard Rohr, The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Disorder, Reorder
Wander off path today.
To unknown places within yourself.
Covered up, put away, not done.
Beauty, unfolding, bold.
With wonder, curiosity and joy, let light in.
Break the rules, change the story, allow surprise.
“Remember: The rules, like streets, can only take you to known places.”― Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
“When one loves, one does not calculate.”― St. Thérèse de Lisieux
No subtraction or division.
Multiplication and addition perhaps.
The calculation that grows, expands, deepens.
Better yet, no counting, inventory, calculation.
A smile, a nod, an encouraging word.
Love in acts and action, a possibility in each moment.
Kindness in play.
“A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.”― St. Thérèse de Lisieux
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Nothing happens unless first we dream.” – Carl Sandburg
Wishes, dreams, delight.
May they be yours today.
We have mastered work, toil, reality.
Now relearn and deploy frolic, play, laughter.
That of children and the child who is dormant within.
Reignite your light.
Hope, joy, optimism are practices that require rigor and discipline.
Make a wish or two and put some legs under it.
“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”― D. Simone
“The world is charged with the grandeur of God.”― Gerard Manley Hopkins
“Let Him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east.”― Gerard Manley Hopkins
Enter the grandeur of summer, of life beyond seasons and circumstance.
A well, a river, a current.
Surrounded and overtaken by color, light and fragrance.
Silent in awe and wonder, steeped in praise.
A dayspring, a pasture, wide-open spaces of blessings abound.
“ELECTED Silence, sing to me
And beat upon my whorlèd ear,
Pipe me to pastures still and be
The music that I care to hear.”
― Gerard Manley Hopkins, Poems and Prose