“I must have flowers, always, and always.”― Claude Monet
“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Change the scenery.
Go a different direction.
Wander and wonder.
Off trail for a bit.
No doing, completing, checklists.
Substance over transaction.
A clearing, an open field.
Colors pop and burst.
Fresh air clears the residue.
Pause and dwell.
A slowing, softening, deepening.
Reset, recalibrate in rest, in pondering not pining.
Allow, invite, welcome.
A hundred spring unfolding.
Witness and participate.
“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.”― Edna St. Vincent Millay
“Surely the flowers of a hundred spring are simply the souls of beautiful things!”― L.M. Montgomery, The Watchman and Other Poems
“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
“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
“Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.”― Blaise Pascal, Pensées
“Frequently we do not leave the past behind. We clasp on to it. We dissect it, and let fears for the future, tempered by the past, unconsciously prevent us from taking up the task eternal.”― Ray Simpson, Exploring Celtic Spirituality
Temporal and eternal.
Near and far.
Past, present, future.
The past has brought you here but will not bring next, only prevent it.
Proof of resilience, growth and grit, not a map.
Be present in today, eyes on the road ahead.
Move into the unknowing, mysterious and new.
Take up the task, make the wager, dance your dance.
Begin and begin again the journey.
Joy, beauty, home the path.
“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”― Rumi
“The resting place of the mind is the heart.”― Elizabeth Gilbert
“Respond to every call
that excites your spirit.”
― Rumi, The Essential Rumi
From the temporal to the eternal, back again.
The tide, ebb and flow.
Close then pull back, microscope to telescope.
From the petal of a flower to the expanse of the sky.
The dance, the poem, the song.
Heart, spirit, soul, body, parts to whole.
A shepherd, leading back to self and other, connection, home again.
“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”― Rumi
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”― W.B. Yeats
“This was a reminder that there is a divine order, a divine flow to our lives. We don’t need to have all the answers. But our job is to keep on dreaming and trusting enough to put one foot in front of the other. To keep moving forward. To keep pushing beyond whatever feels confining. To keep searching for where the magic is. To continue expanding, staying open to being stretched. And allowing room to be completely awed by how much better it gets along the way.”― Elaine Welteroth, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are
May I be at ease in unknowing, so I keep inquiring
Followed by listening
May I be open to thoughts other than my own
Followed by learning
May my words be filtered with kindness
Followed by generosity
May I be a dreamer, a searcher
Followed by the swirl of magic
May I be pulled into the divine flow of beauty and light
Followed by love
A deep current of awe, a wellspring
Stretched into a spaciousness and expanse
Dancing with the divine
Singing a new song
Never ever ever shrink
“when the world tells you to shrink, expand.”― Elaine Welteroth, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are
“Love is an action, never simply a feeling.”― bell hooks
“Our humanity comes to its fullest bloom in giving. We become beautiful people when we give whatever we can give: a smile, a handshake, a kiss, an embrace, a word of love, a present, a part of our life…all of our life.” – Henri J.M. Nouwen, Life of the Beloved
Give. Act. Love.
“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” —Rachel Carson
“The earth has music for those who listen.” —William Shakespeare
Entering a holy ease.
Crossing the threshold of wonder where the ordinary is transformed into the sacred.
Temporal to eternal.
The collision of chaos to a solemnity, a quieting, a refrain.
Suspension of time to witness it fully, overflowing with abundance.
A cavern, a corner, a thin space meeting a wide-open field.
Moments where it all makes sense in the unknowing, in the trusting.
Being held and holding back.
Not clinging or clenching.
Rather an embrace.
Unwound and unbound.
Fully immersed in the present.
May you enter, rest and be restored in the holy and sacred.
Peace is this moment. Without thinking it should be any other way, that you should feel some other thing, that life should unfold according to your plans. Peace is this moment.” Dorothy Hunt
“This is another day, O Lord… If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.” ― Kathleen Norris
“We need a deep patience because we can’t see around corners. Because life is a perpetual storm, a turbulence of light and dark that coils around each quiet center that we call a soul. We need such patience, not just to endure the turbulence, but to stay close to our full humanity, in order to access the quiet center of our soul, which is where our lasting strength resides.” – Mark Nepo, Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength to Meet Adversity
Keep me on the forefront of wonder
The edge of delight
Riding a wave of joy
Defying gravity of cynicism, certainty and control
Diving into the unknown
Buoyed in the waiting
Awakened in the mystery
Ever-present in the beauty of this day
The quiet center.
“To wait and endure.” It is from the ground of such waiting that our faith in life deepens and widens.” – Mark Nepo, Surviving Storms: Finding the Strength to Meet Adversity
“God comes to you disguised as your life”― Paula D’Arcy
“Nowhere to go, nothing to do … Lost and found in the moment … Just practice this … Maybe here is where we find wholeheartedness and our true freedom.”― Joan Halifax, Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet
May you pause long enough to clarity, resting in nothing to see everything.
Nowhere to go, nowhere to return, anchored in this moment.
Lost and found at the same time.
What is right in front of you that is invisible to the hurriedness and checklists?
Beauty, joy, light – hidden in plain sight, slowness, awareness.
Witness the symphony of creation singing.
“Why is all of creation singing?”― Paula D’Arcy, Gift of the Red Bird: The Story of a Divine Encounter