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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

Harness the Winds

“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.” – Lauren Bacall

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” – Helen Keller

Set your sails, reset as the wind shifts
Look for good in this day
Create good in this day
Capture good in this day
In thoughts, words, actions
Shine light
Harness
Elevate
Illuminate
Spark
Spirit, soul, heart – lead with these
Kindness, gratitude, grace, joy, delight, generosity are energy and power
Harness, embrace, release them back out.

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

Big Canvas

“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it.” – Danny Kaye

Break out the paint and color your day.
In solitude and contemplation, collect and release.
Accept and embrace.

“Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.” – Thomas Merton

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

Bridges

“Go to the truth beyond the mind. Love is the bridge.” – Stephen Levine

“He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.” – Horace

May you choose bridges over walls;
Crossing over to new lands;
The river runs through to the ocean;
Poetry in motion;
Connections and patterns abound;
Cross over, again and again;
Joy and beauty all around;
Enjoy the view;
Postpone no more the hour of living.

“Praise the bridge that carried you over.” – George Colman

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

Nature’s Art Gallery

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

Poetry in motion
Color defined
Beauty exploding in view
Nature bursts with life, joy, celebration
Enter the gallery and come alive
Dance, delight, praise!

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To love beauty is to see light.” – Victor Hugo

“Simplicity is natures first step, and the last of art.” – Philip James Bailey

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.” – Richard Bach

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

“Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.” – John Ray

 

Intention, Attention, Effort

“Nothing happens next. This is it.” – Gahan Wilson

“Make the most of every sense; glory in all of the pleasures and beauty which the world reveals to you…” – Helen Keller

In the quiet of morning, set your intentions for the day;
Focus your attention;
Guide your efforts to be present and awake, on watch and in search of wonder;
Think about what you are thinking about;
Break patterns that do not serve, that bind, that constrict;
Take the wheel from spiraling thoughts, busy work, checkbox lists and start driving;
Use all of your senses to immerse into the day, a moment at a time;
Pull over throughout the day, create still points to gauge your presence, fill your reservoir;
Take a walk, observe, nature always heals, centers and resets;
Re-enter the world renewed;
Contribute, be generous, smile, laugh, lighten up;
Be in reverence and awe, delight in ease and flow;
At the end of the day, mark what you learned, what you taught, what you are grateful for;
Lay it down, rest well and enter tomorrow when the sun rises on that day;
Intention. Attention. Effort.
Start again, each day.

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” – Henry David Thoreau

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