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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.

Coin

“All nature wears one universal grin.” – Henry Fielding

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” – Carl Sandburg

Before you enter the day, set the course.
Prepare and plan how you will spend the coin of your time.
Floundering in the past.
Playing out the future based on the past.
Fully present in now, planting seeds and harvesting seeds planted yesterday.
What to attach to and what to detach from is the inflection point.
Check in through the day to stay the course.
Look up and around to take in beauty in reach.
Spend your coin wisely.

Nows

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” – Emily Dickinson

“Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.” – Carl Sandburg

Do not let this day pass without witnessing, cherishing, praising, singing, laughing, dancing, embracing.
Open arms.
Fresh eyes.
Tuned ears.
Clean palate.
Be a collector and keeper of joy, delight, possibility, optimism, dreams, action and gratitude.
Stand ajar to capture now.
Focus on the light around and abound.
Rapt attention. Deep gratitude. Anchored in now.

“Forever is composed of nows.” – Emily Dickinson

Shine Your Light

“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”― Anne Lamott

“Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.”― Anne Lamott

Loosen the vise grip of doing, approval, permission, low expectations, judgment, worst case scenario thinking, fight-flight-fear, assumptions, busy, productivity.

With open arms, enthusiastically enter the space of purpose, ease, fun, presence, gentleness, joy, awe, observation, sweetness, anticipation, understanding, unfolding, becoming, depth over width.

Sacred ground beneath your feet. Stop running, be found and shine right where you are in this moment.

Sing, dance, play. Shine.

“I think joy and sweetness and affection are a spiritual path. We’re here to know God, to love and serve God, and to be blown away by the beauty and miracle of nature. You just have to get rid of so much baggage to be light enough to dance, to sing, to play. You don’t have time to carry grudges; you don’t have time to cling to the need to be right.”― Anne Lamott

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

Here and Now

“Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.” – Mattie Stepanek

“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

Take this day and shape it, mold it, embrace it.
Steep like a tea bag, allowing the flavor to release fully with pause and patience.
Reflect and shine.
Appreciate and comprehend the immensity of breath and flow with ease.
Later will take care of itself.
Remain in the here and now.
Be fully present and awake.

“God is a God of the present. God is always in the moment, be that moment hard or easy, joyful and painful.” – Henri Nouwen

Rays of Beauty

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

When thoughts limit, restrict, bind, move out, step back to see the expanse, beauty and brilliance.
In a flower, in another human, in the universe.
Renewed and refreshed, move back in to broaden your thoughts, trigger your imagination, reignite the fire.
Like breathing, in and out, close and far, yin and yang.
Fill up and pour out.
Life is balance, flow, struggle, ease.
A dance.
Enter it completely, imperfectly and fully in the now.

“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pause and Praise

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

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

Stop in your tracks;
Feel your feet on the earth;
Eyes to sky;
Pause to anchor in the essentials;
Release distractions;
No hurrying or flurrying
Unfolding, unwrapping;
Gratitude requires observation, demands reflection, sparks awe;
Slow and steady, pause and praise.

“Nature’s music is never over; her silences are pauses, not conclusions.” – Mary Webb

Another Sunrise

“We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.”― John Muir

“What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?” – E. M. Forster

The sun welcomes the day
Crisp air
Breathe deeply
Set your intentions
Aware, awake and at attention
Enter the day
Let it enter you in turn.

“There’s never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same.” – Carlos Santana

Crooked and Amazing

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”― John Muir, The Mountains of California

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” – Edward Abbey

Accept the invitation to make this day your own;
Choose your own thoughts, set your own view, pave your own path;
Put aside opinion, judgment and assumption;
Break new trail;
Rise above circumstances, carry on, celebrate effort and progress, blessings and growth;
Take an eagle’s view to see the full landscape, the crooked path, the amazing view through the lens of daily gratitude, childlike awe and full attention;
Transcend, breathe, open arms.

“A quiet mind cureth all.” – Robert Burton

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