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Taking in the Good

“Beauty is that in the presence of which we feel more alive.”― Krista Tippett

“Taking in the good, whenever and wherever we find it, gives us new eyes for seeing and living.”― Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

In this day.
Wake up your senses.
See beauty.
Drink in good.
Taste delight.
Color. Fresh air. Sweet fragrance.
Laughter. Light. Joy.
All withing reach.
Let them into your bones.
Strengthen your heart.
Lift your spirit.
Take in the good.

“Hope is an orientation, an insistence on wresting wisdom and joy from the endlessly fickle fabric of space and time.”― Krista Tippett

Student of Joy

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”― Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

“The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”― Brother David Steindl-Rast

Get out into the world.
Look up and around.
Reach, dig, hunt for joy.
Make it a practice, intention, habit, action.
Every day.
Invite and welcome it in.
Expand your mind and thoughts as big as the sky.
Right where you stand now.
Not backwards.
Not forwards.
In stillness, rooted in gratitude, laughter, connection, in now.
Joy is a practice, a discipline, an effort at times, easy at times.
Become a student of joy.
A master of delight.

“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.”― John Calvin

Let In

“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”― Rumi

“What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.”
― Gerard Manley Hopkins, Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Complete Poems

Let quiet in.
To settle and awaken.
Let beauty in.
To see the same for the first time.
Let joy in.
To delight in what already is.
Let awe in.
To be made new.

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

Said the Butterfly

“Don’t be afraid. Change is such a beautiful thing”, said the Butterfly.”― Sabrina Newby

“How can I begin anything new with all of yesterday in me?”― Leonard Cohen, Beautiful Losers

May you find the resolve to lay down the past to pick up the present.
Moving lighter into this day.
Hearing the soft voice that calls you home to yourself and the world anew.
To anticipate the possibility rather than fear of the future.
Embracing change, trusting the process of transformation.
Especially in cocoon times.
Change is a beautiful thing as butterflies prove again and again.
Lighten up.

“Caterpillars can fly, if they just lighten up.”― Scott J. Simmerman Ph.D.

Bewilderment and Delight

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”― Rumi

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”― Rumi, Masnavi i Man’avi, the spiritual couplets of Maula

Stray off the path.
Wander a bit.
Take flight, no destination but the journey.
Awake, entering the present.
The view, take it in.
More than enough.
Bewilderment, delight, awe.
Found in being lost in the moment.

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”― John Muir

In and Through Us

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”
― Louisa May Alcott

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.”― John Muir

A new week.
The last week of August.
Summer’s dance with fall.
Seasons. Transitions. Harvest.
Start. Middle. Finish.
Repeat. Grow. Change.
Enter the rhythm and flow.
Become apart of it rather than lamenting or fighting it.
The gift of joy given freely in beauty, seasons, celebration of ordinary days.

“Joy is not produced because others praise you. Joy emanates unbidden and unforced. Joy comes as a gift when you least expect it. At those fleeting moments you know why you were put here and what truth you serve. You may not feel giddy at those moments, you may not hear the orchestra’s delirious swell or see flashes of crimson and gold, but you will feel a satisfaction, a silence, a peace—a hush. Those moments are the blessings and the signs of a beautiful life.”― David Brooks, The Road to Character

The Good Things

“Animals praise a good day, a good hunt. They praise rain if they’re thirsty. That’s prayer. They don’t live an unconscious life, they simply have no language to talk about these things. But they are grateful for the good things that come along.” – Mary Oliver

“Beauty is whatever gives joy.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

Acknowledge the struggle.
Move through it.
Be patient, especially with your harshest critic, yourself.
Invite and welcome joy to come alongside to lighten the load.
Find delight in simple things.
Holding it all.
Praise and prayer.
Gratitude in the sighs.
Life spins us around.
Take a foothold in joy.
Rejoice in the strands of beauty woven through this very day.

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” – Eleonora Duse

Affirm

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”― Sam Keen

“While we wait for life, life passes.” – Seneca

Live while life is happening.
Now.
In the waiting.
In the rushing.
In the resting.
In the healing.
In work.
In play.
In all seasons.
Someday is today.
Engage. Participate. Affirm.

“The hero’s achievement, in short, is to affirm life.”― Carol S. Pearson

Coded Within

“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” – Jean Houston

“We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released”― Jean Houston

Be good to yourself.
Be good to others.
Allow laughter to spill into joy.
Ordinary to bloom into extraordinary.
Tend to the garden of your becoming.
A kaleidoscope and rainbow filled with color and light.
Without reserve or permission.
Shine.

“just as you would not neglect seeds that you planted with hope that they will bear vegetables and fruits and flowers so you must attend to nourish the garden of your becoming.”― Jean Houston

Fresh Cut

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

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb

Fresh cut flowers.
Vegetables with dirt still on them, right off the vine.
Farmer’s Market in full swing.
Nothing better.
The gifts and harvest of planting in May, harvest in July.
Seed to fruition.
Time, sun, rain.
Slow growth.
Sweet return.
Fresh cut day.
Enter the beauty.
Keep growing.

“Time, as it grows old, teaches all things.”― Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound

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