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Plant Seeds, Cast Light

“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”― Leonard Cohen

“Empathy is the most mysterious transaction that the human soul can have, and it’s accessible to all of us, but we have to give ourselves the opportunity to identify, to plunge ourselves in a story where we see the world from the bottom up or through another’s eyes or heart.” – Sue Monk Kidd

The holiday season triggers a slew of emotions.
Loss of a loved one(s), recent or years ago, yet still ever present.
Childhood memories – both wonderful and difficult.
Family dynamics, fractured relationships, and the dreaded political pontifications.
We can keep going through the same door and write off the next six weeks. Endure.
OR, we can find the wonder woven in the season of hope and light.
Receiving and giving the gift of grace, kindness, empathy, forgiveness, making way for laughter, joy and peace.
Invite and allow a new story to born within this year.
One seed, one day at a time.
May this season feed and fill your heart with the healing power of love.
Plant hope, cast light.

“You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.”― Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Catching Joy

“Every day is a good day. There is something to learn, care and celebrate.”― Amit Ray, Walking the Path of Compassion

“Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.”― Amit Ray, Mindfulness Living in the Moment – Living in the Breath

Joy is a verb, an action, a decision.
May you dance with it daily.
Inhaling and exhaling, deeply.
Celebrate and keep opening this wonderous gift of life. 

“Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.”― Amit Ray, Beautify your Breath – Beautify your Life

Soul Health

“Give man a dog for the health of his soul.” – Hildegard of Bingen

“Make haste to Love.”― Hadewijch

Feed your spirit with…

Rest
Fun
Joy
Delight
Laughter
Curiosity
Companionship
Exploration
Discovery
Awe
Praise
Gratitude
Love

“Everything we watch, read, and spend our time doing is feeding our spirits in some way, whether good or bad.”― Steve Bremner

The Smallest of Things

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”— Winnie the Pooh

“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.” – Dr. Seuss

May you live today twice.
Once being present and awake, weaving it with joy and delight.
Twice in memory, discovering simple moments, the smallest of things fill the heart.

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss

Signs of Spring

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”― Margaret Atwood

“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.”― Marty Rubin

Softening earth.
Dirt on the forehead.
Long days.
Warm sun.
Awakening.
Unfolding.
Crossing the threshold into new.
A foot on each side, leaning forward.
Tipping point almost tipped.
As the transition from winter to spring arrives yet again, see the signs, join the dance.
Seeds planted ready to break ground.

“My appointed work is to awaken the divine nature that is within.” – Peace Pilgrim

Surprise and Celebration

“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.” – Boris Pasternak

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

A surprise visit from Jeanne with toys and dog ice cream to celebrate Sasha’s 5th birthday brought the day to a fun close. Abby joined in the celebration too. Thoughtfulness, kindness extended. All in our power to offer to others daily.

Connection, generosity, celebration and gratitude, powerful actions to change a day. Text, call, connect with others today. Be kind, change the world one surprise at time. Cast light.

“It takes a long time to become young.” – Pablo Picasso

“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Unleashed Joy

“Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift.” ― Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

“But I want to extol not the sweetness nor the placidity of the dog, but the wilderness out of which he cannot step entirely, and from which we benefit. For wilderness is our first home too, and in our wild ride into modernity with all its concerns and problems we need also all the good attachments to that origin that we can keep or restore. Dog is one of the messengers of that rich and still magical first world. The dog would remind us of the pleasures of the body with its graceful physicality, and the acuity and rapture of the senses, and the beauty of forest and ocean and rain and our own breath.” – Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

Off leash.
Break trail.
Into the adventures of a romp in the woods.
The adventure of a ball pursued and captured.
Companionship.
Joy.
Pulling us out of self to play and frolic.
Sheer simple delight given without reserve.
Both family and friend.
The gift of unleashed joy.

“Come with me into the woods where spring is
advancing, as it does, no matter what,
not being singular or particular, but one
of the forever gifts, and certainly visible.”
― Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

“Or maybe it’s about the wonderful things that may happen if you break the ropes that are holding you.”
― Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

Ordinary and Available

“The excitement lies in the exploration of the world around us.” – Jim Peebles

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” – John Burroughs

In the ordinary and available, life lingers waiting to be found and held.
Explore, inquire, imagine.
Expand your view, lay down judgment and opinion to allow fresh thoughts and ideas to enter.
It’s a new day.
Look around, look longer, look with new eyes.
What will you learn today?

“It is quite amazing how hard the subconscious works when it is made to understand that this life is not a rehearsal, there is no safety net and no assurance of any final closure. It is also quite appalling to realize how catatonic the imagination can become when we hedge our bets, opt for the safer direction at every fork in the path.” – John Burdett

Pockets of Joy

“The dog is the god of frolic.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“You have to create little pockets of joy in your life to take care of yourself.” – Jonathan Van Ness

My roommates and “life coaches” Abby and Sasha remind me daily to lighten up;
To have fun;
To be silly;
To play;
To rest;
To work (chase ball) with vigor and focus;
And when done, to leave it and move on to what’s next with rapt attention;
Amidst the duties of the day, the long checklists and chasing, invite and allow frolic, laughter and folly to create pockets of joy to lift, expand and sustain.
All within reach and available.
Be swept away in ordinary delight.
Game on!

“Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.” – Randy Pausch

The Presence of Wonder

“You have been my friend … That in itself is a tremendous thing.” – E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” – E.B. White

The brilliance of animals is that they have figured out the power of wonder.
They know how to play.
They know how to rest.
They know how to forget.
They remain in lockstep with the present.
They are accepting without question.
A model friend.
And they unselfishly share it all with humans to lift up life a trifle.
May we all be as brilliant and generous.

“By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.” – E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

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