“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
“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
“Zen pretty much comes down to three things — everything changes; everything is connected; pay attention.”― Jane Hirshfield
“You may do this, I tell you, it is permitted. Begin again the story of your life.”― Jane Hirshfield, The Lives of the Heart
May you feel the air surging through your chest;
The power you hold in your hands;
Understand what is yours to do and what is not yours to do;
And to get being as well as doing;
To begin again writing the story of your life each day anew.
“One breath taken completely; one poem, fully written, fully read – in such a moment, anything can happen.”― Jane Hirshfield, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry
“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Soren Kierkegaard
May you be caught rather than pursue
Snagged in the web of the present moment rather than racing by
Tangled in awe and wonder
Technicolor, fierce, on fire
Detoured and delayed in delight and beauty
Held and embraced, awake to this day alone
Capturing, experiencing, living
“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.” – Soren Kierkegaard
“We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”― Richard Rohr
“Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change. What empowers change, what makes you desirous of change is the experience of love. It is that inherent experience of love that becomes the engine of change.”― Richard Rohr
May you experience love today, offering it freely without expectation.
The act stirs the power of love which always returns to the giver.
Change of thought, word and action.
Entering the river, the flow of life.
Grateful for this day.
Make some space for allowing amidst the pursuit.
Be found, especially by yourself.
You must plant to bloom.
“Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it.”― Richard Rohr
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius
“Concentration and mindfulness are the internal ways in which the mind restores itself from being out of balance and lost in confusion to a condition of ease, clarity, and wisdom. No external action needs to happen.” – Sylvia Boorstein
Take a long walk and drink in the beauty of nature.
Fill your heart with goodness.
Be kind to yourself and others.
Expand. Deepen. Delight.
Breathe it in.
“Mindfulness meditation doesn’t change life. Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever. Meditation changes the heart’s capacity to accept life as it is.” – Sylvia Boorstein
“Live your days on the positive side of life, in tune with your most treasured values. And in each moment you’ll have much to live for.” – Ralph Marston
“Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.” – Thomas Fuller
Spring is tuning up, ready to begin the performance. The musicians have come late to practice with winter hanging on longer this year. The early arrivers are popping up, tuning their instruments to prepare for the orchestra of flowers and green to play a beautiful symphony of color and new life.
Watch, listen and observe how each note contributes to the rhythm and beauty of spring delight. It all ties together in due time, not requiring our control, just our attention, awe, wonder and gratitude.
“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.” George Washington Carver
“I must have flowers, always, and always.”― Claude Monet
“Just pray for a tough hide and a tender heart.” – Ruth Graham
May you be both tender and tough, more tender though.
Tender to experience all that life brings.
Tough to keep going back, beyond loss and disappointment, to deep waters, current and flow.
Blessings and burdens woven together, with a focus on the blessings.
Sure-enough footed to take the next step, albeit afraid.
Resilient to go beyond momentary setbacks and roadblocks, continuing in uncertainty.
Shaped, weathered, softened.
With an affinity to growth, to beginning again and again.
A rock smoothed by the waves, the ebb and flow.
A seed breaking dirt, pushing to bloom, reaching for the sun.
A caterpillar transformed through time and struggle to the floating butterfly.
A tree rooted deep, bending with the wind, not breaking.
“To be strong, and beautiful, and go round making music all the time. Yes, she could do that, and with a very earnest prayer Polly asked for the strength of an upright soul, the beauty of a tender heart, the power to make her life a sweet and stirring song, helpful while it lasted, remembered when it died.” – Louisa May Alcott