“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“There’s a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.” – Rumi
Full and complete.
Cracked and tender.
“It’s okay that these bodies we live in are not always the promises we’d wished for. Life is full beneath this cracked porcelain. Inside this tender flesh.”― Heather Lanier, Raising a Rare Girl: A Memoir
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”― e.e cummings
“We are all here to serve each other. At some point we have to understand that we do not need to carry a story that is unbearable. We can observe the story, which is mental; feel the story, which is physical; let the story go, which is emotional; then forgive the story, which is spiritual, after which we use the materials of it to build a house of knowledge.”― Joy Harjo, Poet Warrior: A Memoir
What lies beneath the surface that keeps rising up?
Get to the root of it, the source below, deeper
If it’s a weed – resentment, guilt, unforgiveness – pull it
If it’s a seed – dreams, aspirations, yearning – feed it
Something is trying to break open, break free
Clarity comes when we are open to receive it, receptive to answers not conscious but subconscious
Weeds and flowers reside together
Each telling us what we need to know, to grow or wilt under the weight
Expose it to the light
Create a new stories, rooted in hope, joy and beauty
“Keep your Eyes on All that’s Good and Beautiful and Possible in the World. Because “The Stories We Tell Create the People We Become.”― Jacqueline Lewis, Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone
“I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief… For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” – Wendell Berry
“Bless the poets, the workers for justice, the dancers of ceremony, the singers of heartache, the visionaries, all makers and carriers of fresh meaning—We will all make it through, despite politics and wars, despite failures and misunderstandings. There is only love.”― Joy Harjo, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems
Underneath the busy, the noise, the fast, fresh meaning awaits harvest, celebration.
Beyond the past, the future, the momentary struggle, the now awaits attention, rest.
Above, below, all around, the peace of the wild things opens space and creates place to discover, uncover, rediscover love, that always remains whether we see it or not, steep.
Rest in the grace of the world.
“I need a song that will keep sky open in my mind. If I think behind me, I might break. If I think forward, I lose now.”― Joy Harjo, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems
“Who knows why God allows heartbreak, but the answer must be important enough because God allows His heart to break too.”― Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life
“May we all receive blessing upon blessing. And may we realize our power to bless, heal, and renew one another.”― John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Invocations and Blessings
On this 21st anniversary of 9/11, may we seek and strive for peace in our own heart so we can achieve peace in the world.
Abundance over scarcity.
Enough over more.
Empathy over self-centeredness.
Love over hate.
Blessing, healing, renewing.
“What you encounter, recognize or discover depends to a large degree on the quality of your approach. Many of the ancient cultures practiced careful rituals of approach. An encounter of depth and spirit was preceded by careful preparation.
When we approach with reverence, great things decide to approach us. Our real life comes to the surface and its light awakens the concealed beauty in things. When we walk on the earth with reverence, beauty will decide to trust us. The rushed heart and arrogant mind lack the gentleness and patience to enter that embrace.”― John O’Donohue, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace
“The earth is full of thresholds where beauty awaits the wonder of our gaze.”― John O’Donohue, Divine Beauty: The Invisible Embrace
“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”― Frederick Buechner, Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation
Spark to flame.
Reignite your senses.
Beauty the match.
Eyes, ears, imagination, heart.
Sharpen, hone, tune.
Compass of joy, wonder, hope, grace.
The quality of looking, of listening.
Senses reawakened to now.
“When our eyes are graced with wonder, the world reveals its wonders to us. There are people who see only dullness in the world and that is because their eyes have already been dulled. So much depends on how we look at things. The quality of our looking determines what we come to see.”― John O’Donohue, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way… things I had no words for.”― Georgia O’Keeffe
On the path
The in between time
The runway to the next place
May you see the rich beauty in reach and all around
Color on fire
Fragrance filling the air
Take it all in
“There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.” – Washington Irving
“Coincidences are God’s way of getting our attention.”― Frederick Buechner
“The original, shimmering self gets buried so deep that most of us end up hardly living out of it at all. Instead we live out all the other selves, which we are constantly putting on and taking off like coats and hats against the world’s weather.” ― Frederick Buechner, Telling Secrets
Invite your shimmering self out to play, to remain
Release what was, should have been or what might be
Enter the flow of bud to bloom, everything in between
Awake, aware, in tune to this day, what it will bring with fresh eyes
Embrace the bloom, the mystery and certainty.
“Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.”― Caroline Myss
“As the Irish wise word, or seanfhocal, says: “What is not worth seeking, is not worth finding.” Seek and you shall find.”— Julianne Stanz, Braving the Thin Places: Celtic Wisdom to Create a Space for Grace
“The Celtic imagination considers sacred places to be “thin,” or places where the veil between the worlds of heaven and earth seems especially permeable, and the worlds discernibly close to each other. Thin spaces exist between the now and the not-yet.”— Julianne Stanz, Braving the Thin Places: Celtic Wisdom to Create a Space for Grace
May you make room for thin places and spaces
The width of a petal, the depth of the ocean
The hem of heaven touching earth
Between now and not yet, standing still and in motion
Trust the journey, the heart and soul
And the Author
Master class of self unfolding and in bloom.
“Thin spaces are wild, messy places where God is at work. Time seems to stand still, there is a discernible sense of sacredness, and the world around us speaks its own story to those who are listening. The concept of a thin place is an ancient one, arising from the Celtic tradition, but it holds real meaning for each of us today as we try to make sense of the world around us and, indeed, within us.”— Julianne Stanz, Braving the Thin Places: Celtic Wisdom to Create a Space for Grace
“The miracle is not to walk on water but on the earth. —Thich Nhat Hanh”
“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God: But only he who sees takes off his shoes.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
As summer moves into its third act, stay with it all of the way through to the end rather than lament it’s over.
Take in the late blooming flowers in shapes and colors unseen.
Sunrises and sunsets, and each moment in between.
Fall with harvest bounty will enter on cue, with gifts of its own.
In the meantime, do not dismiss the last act.
Earth is crammed with heaven indeed when you live into new ways of thinking.
Breath and drink it all in.
“We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”― Richard Rohr