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The power of the heart

Opening to the day.

I trust so much in the power of the heart and the soul; I know that the answer to what we need to do next is in our own hearts. All we have to do is listen, then take that one step further and trust what we hear. We will be taught what we need to learn.

~ Melody Beattie

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Life

Gone to ground after the rain.

This moment is not life waiting to happen, goals waiting to be achieved, words waiting to be spoken, connections waiting to be made, regrets waiting to evaporate, aliveness waiting to be felt, enlightenment waiting to be gained. No. Nothing is waiting. This is it. This moment is life.

~ Jeff Foster, Falling in Love with Where You Are

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A Monday meander: Wild and green

Hostas on a rainy day.

I believe that if one fathoms deeply one’s own neighborhood and the everyday world in which he lives, the greatest of worlds will be revealed.

~ Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution 

You can’t know who you are until you know where you are.

~ Wendell Berry

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Finding stillness

Looking for calm.
Seeking ease.

We are often unprepared for life’s challenges and at times our reaction to certain individuals, instances, or events can leave us feeling ugly. Such feelings of ugliness can be pretty powerful, sometimes strong enough to cause us to lose sight of, and disconnect from, the innocence and beauty of our true essence. Slowing down and easing gradually into stillness while concentrating on the energy that fills our heart, the same energy that connects us to each other, will bring us back to the everlasting beauty of ourselves.

~Mary Dunlop

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A Friday ramble

Leanings.
Leanings.

It all matters. That someone turns out the lamp, picks up the windblown wrapper, says hello to the invalid, pays at the unattended lot, listens to the repeated tale, folds the abandoned laundry, plays the game fairly, tells the story honestly, acknowledges help, gives credit, says good night, resists temptation, wipes the counter, waits at the yellow, makes the bed, tips the maid, remembers the illness, congratulates the victor, accepts the consequences, takes a stand, steps up, offers a hand, goes first, goes last, chooses the small portion, teaches the child, tends to the dying, comforts the grieving, removes the splinter, wipes the tear, directs the lost, touches the lonely, is the whole thing.
What is most beautiful is least acknowledged.
What is worth dying for is barely noticed.

~Laura McBride, We are Called To Rise

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It’s okay

Learning from the rose.  (Processed in Photoshop and Pixlr.)
Learning from the rose. (Processed in Photoshop and Pixlr.)

You can learn from everybody, not only from people but also from animals, from trees, from clouds, from rivers.  But there is no question of imitating.  You can’t become the river, but you can learn some quality that is river-likeness: the flow, the let-go.  You can learn something from a rose flower.  You cannot become a rose flower, you need not, but you can learn something from the rose.  You see the rose so delicate yet so strong in the wind, in the rain, in the sun.  By the evening it will be gone but has no care about it, is joyous in the moment.  You can learn from the rose how to live in the moment.  Right now the rose is dancing in the wind, in the rain, unafraid, unconcerned for the future.  By the evening the petals will wither away, but who bothers about the evening?  This moment is all and this dance is all there is.

Learn something from the rose.  Learn something from the bird on the wing — the courage to go into the unbounded.

~ Osho, from Tarot in the Spirit of Zen

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