nurturing toward intention

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When I think of nourishing the soul, I think of nurturing the ability to respond positively to life- that is, the ability to sustain passion for our interests, values, and projects. I believe that the worst of all spiritual defeats is to lose enthusiasm for life’s possibilities. Two things, at minimum, are needed: an ability to appreciate the positives in our life- and a commitment to action. True spirituality does not exist without love of life. If we feel unhappy or unfulfilled, the most urgent question is, ‘What needs to be done?’ Or one might say, ‘What’s missing in my life- and what can I do about it?’ How do we nurture the soul? By revering our own life……Nathaniel Branden

this little remembrance stifles our reaction to shut down…..to open the channels of well-being is about remembering that we are alive….breathing…..may we find the soul within our quiet breath…..

Peace of mind has nothing to do with the external world; it has only to do with our connection with God. Love really is the answer. We’re here only to teach love. When we’re doing that, our souls are singing and dancing. When we remind ourselves that we are spiritual beings, that life and love are the flame eternal, that’s when our soul is nourished…….Gerald Jampolsky

so many tears before soul

You witness with your soul, not your eyes, for the soul is the divine part of you that observes everything. As you begin putting much more attention and energy into your soul, you begin to discover the ‘divineness’ that is within you and everything else. To nourish the soul means to participate in the very mechanics of creation- to become a co-creator of your life and of the world as you want it to be. The higher part of yourself has a ‘knowing’ that you’re not alone, that you go where you’re sent, that you’ll be guided, that you can surrender, and that it’s going to work out. The higher self helps you look at yourself and at others from the perspective of love rather than fear. Through this process, which I call ‘intention,’ you will begin to see your ordinary life becoming extraordinary….Wayne Dyer

a deeper promise

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We live in illusion and the appearance of things.

There is a reality, we are that reality.

When you understand this,

you will see “you” are nothing.

And, being nothing, you are everything.

….Kalu Rinpoche

the unexpected new voice that rises up comes from a promise to be the keeper of the senses…..weaving soul shine into our beautiful imperfections……and so it shall be….

Your thoughts and desires and purpose are meant to be shared and expressed. Fight the urge to care what those close by think of you. Feel the energy of the Universe surrounding you and cheering you on. If you sit quietly you will be able to feel the energy and support surround you. Feel its power and move forward.

Separate yourself from your zip code, your town, your state and even your country and feel the grandness of your being. You are one of a whole. Feel it, love it, live it. Next time you feel limited in life, take a journey and live beyond your perceived limits..Rebecca Mckown

 evolution of mind

The dreams had been terror at loss, at something lost forever; but nothing was lost; all was retained between the sky and earth, and within himself. He had lost nothing. The snow-covered mountain remained- love had outdistanced death. The mountain could not be lost to them, because it was in their bones- nothing was ever lost as long as love remained…..Leslie Marmon Silko

ancient & light-seeking

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I am all for aha!! moments and other peak experiences, but my most lasting transformation happened in the subtleties, in those private moments of decision as to which path to walk. In every moment, there is a choice: Will I open, or close? Will I take responsibility, or blame? Will I download the learning, or deflect? Will I go to my edge, or fall back to safety? Will I honor my intuition, or listen to the world? Thousands, millions of moments of decision that inform who we become. Getting out of Unconscious Prison is a life-long journey. True path is built with choices. I choose authenticity…..Jeff Brown

there are these spaces in our lives…..little pockets of safe-keeping…..like the soul’s memories that bubble up now and again……this is where we realize we know all we need to know….

Find the source of love, where the ancient
meets the mystical and the profound meets
the practical. When you do, you will weep
that treasures lost – can now be found .

……Marlise Karlin

a dream

I will have loved my life with passion, embraced it with fervor, cherished every single moment of it. I will have contemplated with wonder the sky and its running clouds, my brethren the humans, my sisters the flowers and stars. I will have feasted unceasingly on the treasure of life in all its forms. I will not have dwelled in mediocre ambitions, vain hatred, and useless complaints.

I will depart with the belief that there is no end to the flow of life in the universe, that there is no death but only an unceasing change of worlds……….Robert Muller

crisp & daunting rhythms

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Your lows are created by the remaining attachments that blind your awareness. Facing your lows – your anger, loneliness, greed, fears, depressions, and conflicts – is the most productive fire of purification you can find.

As your connection with the spirit deepens, you might even choose to seek out those things that bring your attachments to the surface, so that you might confront them and free your awareness from them.

If you confront your attachments out of guilt, out of “oughts” or “shoulds,” or through some externally imposed discipline, it won’t work. For these confrontations are difficult and your motives to confront them must come from deep within. Your gains through meditation give you the enthusiasm that can bring a breakthrough into another plane, or the heartfelt desire to go in deeper, or the hunger to change your life. But it still takes much courage and fortitude to face the deepest attachments head on. When you feel that your life is committed to the spirit, you can no longer avoid confronting these weaknesses. When you want to burn away the grip of your ego on your awareness you’ll endure whatever is needed to clean up your life……Ram Dass

where have we been? where are we going? who do we think we are? grasping and reaching and dying and hurting…..let go, let go…..just rest in these whispering leaves, hinting at color and worlds to come…..

As we leave the expansiveness of summer and settle into autumn’s rhythms and routines, we may discover a desire or longing to integrate our fresh insights. One way to do this is by investigating how others have integrated their own experiences- to open ourselves to systems they have discovered that provided guidance for them. All the spiritual traditions of the world acknowledge that wisdom comes from the accrued learnings of our experiences, and this includes those learnings we reap by following someone else’s inspired path for a time. What is at the center of your life at this time? What is your central motivation now? Whenever we have the experience of being ourselves, or of loving what we are doing, we arrive at the center of what is important for us…..Angeles Arrien

oh how easily we forget…..

God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and Wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it: Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen

…Reinhold Niebuhr

to pause

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Allow dark times to season you.

…… Hafiz

a tiny sigh and a fleeting, warm thought…..as subtle as the dawn…..no one really knows the power of this grace…….

If you begin to understand what you are
without trying to change it,
what you are undergoes a transformation.
…. Krishnamurti

sparse & true

As I emerge
from the space where geometry
borders on dream,
as my soul sought to escape
the tiny confines of the skin,
as I stand and face my fears
from the past,
I am alive.

…..Gabrielle Walker

free to roam through the gates of perception

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Once we get a taste of the freedom that comes with letting go of our stuff – anger, righteousness, jealousy, our need to be in control, the judging mind, just to name a few – we start to look at those things in new ways. That is the teaching of being in the moment. For someone who understands that this precious birth is an opportunity to awaken, is an opportunity to know God, all of life becomes an instrument for getting there – marriage, family, job, play, travel, all of it. You just spiritualize your life. Christ said to be in the world but not of the world. You are simultaneously living your story line – keeping your ground, remembering your zip code – and having your awareness free and spacious, not caught in anything, just delighting in the richness of this timeless moment.

…..Ram Dass

to get this far in life & the spiritual path requires an easing of our arsenal of protection and stories…..may we find the courage again and again from each other and the beauty of this life……in vulnerability lies our strength…..

Trungpa Rinpoche once asked a group of students, “What do you do when you get squeezed? What do you do when things are unbearable?” We all sat there, wondering what to say. Then he called on us one by one. We were so scared that we answered very genuinely. Almost all of us said something to the effect that we just completely fell apart, forgot about practice altogether, and became totally habitual in our reactions. Needless to say, after that we noticed very clearly what we did when we felt attacked, betrayed, or confused, when we found situations unbearable or unacceptable. We began to really notice what we did. Did we close down, or did we open up? Did we feel resentful and bitter, or did we soften? Did we become wiser or more stupid? As a result of our pain, did we know more about what it is to be human, or did we know less? Were we more critical of our world or more generous?….Pema Chodron

can the heart be laid bare?

I am smiling at myself today
There’s no wish left in this heart
Or perhaps there is no heart left
Free from all desire
I sit quietly like Earth
My silent cry echoes like thunder
Throughout the universe
I am not worried about it
I know it will be heard by no one
Except me……Rumi

the truth of humility within deep ecology

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A fish cannot drown in water,

A bird does not fall in air.

In the fire of creation,

God doesn’t vanish:

The fire brightens.

Each creature God made

Must live in its own true nature;

How could I resist my nature,

That lives for oneness with God?

….Mechthild of Magdeburg

we are tribal…..deeply rooted and in sync with the messiness we create…..we feel we are on an isolated island, concerned with our little messes……yet, the shape of all things spoons together relentlessly…..may we find the luminous under each other’s wings……

God redeems humanity, but nature needs to be redeemed by human alchemists, who are able to induce the process of transformation, which alone is capable of liberating the light imprisoned in physical creation…..Stephen Hoeller

can we see our lonely shadow?

Humanity’s most urgent and life-enhancing project, especially in the early 21st century, is to care for the soul of the world, the anima mundi, which we might also call the soul of the Earth or the soul of the more-than-human community. A thing’s ultimate place is its place in the great scheme of things, its quintessential place in the world or the Universe. Soul is the place that most centrally and comprehensively identifies a thing- a thing’s truest place, the very core or heart of a thing’s identity, its decisive meaning or significance, its purpose, its raison d’etre. Or, in a more poetic vein but with the same meaning, soul has been said to be ‘the largest conversation you’re capable of having with the world, the truth at the center of the image you were born with, the shape that waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky, or your individual puzzle piece in the Great Mystery. The journey to self-knowledge that we each must take- the conscious discovery of our ultimate individual place- is the prerequisite to full human consciousness, to the full savoring of the grandeur of this world, to the privilege of fully participating in life, and to the responsibility of contributing something sacred and essential to this world…..Bill Plotkin

the exquisite soul

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You are here to love. The ending is just the beginning. Once we have met with the limitless love of the soul, we begin again, begin anew……Meggan Watterson

this powerful reminder becomes a mantra and a sliver of hope in desperate times…..when we are lost, our heart can lead us back to soul…..may we know to open when we want to close…..

When we ask ‘who am I,’ the answer lies in the realm of will. When we ask ‘what am I,’ the answer belongs to the realm of being. Sometimes we just sit and be; we have a sense of our own being, of our inner collectedness, of what we are. We also sense that our being waxes and wanes; we can be more or less strongly with more or less stability. Extrapolating, we see that being can grow. While our body weakens with age, our being can strengthen, especially if we persevere in our inner work. We can most readily understand being through its role in determining the quality and subtlety of our perceptions: how aware we are and the kinds of things that can enter our awareness. Spirituality engages both perception and action, being and will. The deeper our being, the less easily we are entranced by the multitude of inappropriate, destructive, or unbecoming impulses passing through us. Furthermore, the deeper our being, the more possibility we have of opening to the higher energy of love and compassion. In the peaceful pool of being we can more readily recognize the voice of conscience……..Joseph Naft

baptism of soul

In a certain sense, the meeting with your own death in the daily forms of failure, pathos, negativity, fear, or destructiveness are actually opportunities to transfigure your ego. These are invitations to move out of that protective, controlling way of being toward an art of being that allows openness and hospitality. To practice this art of being is to come into your soul-rhythm…..John O’Donohue

returning to wakefulness

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My life Passion pulses with the creative potential of Service. I am grateful for the many kindred spirits who share this passion with me. This is an evolutionary process that calls me to make regular, discerning Choices that are aligned with my highest spiritual intentions.

I Humbly devote myself to a life that reflects kindness, compassion, patience and good humor. I may not always succeed, sometimes fears get in the way.

I am committed to offering my service up as a prayer, as a sacred act of devotion to healing and Co-creation with others. I allow my fears and illusions to drop away when I stand fully in the Essence of my pure heart. Namaste…….The Soulful Woman

we can trust our powerful and intuitive knowing to help us express creatively what is not possible to express verbally…..subtle and sacred and beyond thinking tasks…..may we find small and simple ways to bring ritual to our lives…..

Art and prayer have much in common. They are both rooted in an intense encounter involving a surrender of willfulness, openness to inspiration, and lead to a deep engagement with mystery. A commitment to spiritual practice engages us actively in a relationship with the sacred dimension of our lives and also cultivates particular qualities and ways of being in the world. Engaging the arts prayerfully helps us to develop ways of deeply listening to what is stirring in us. The arts teach us about mystery, giving us room to live into the paradoxical places of our lives. Through making art we come to know ourselves more deeply and provide space to discover and express our own voices. We take risks so as to become more visible to the world through gesture or color or song. We learn to slow down and to see more deeply with graced vision. The arts help us to give meaningful expression and form to our commitments, values, and ideas, and make beauty present in the world. Artistic knowing is different from intellectual knowing and, when rooted in prayer, shifts our prayer to other faculties. Art as prayer engages our bodies and imaginations, stretching us beyond the limits of the rational. The arts ask us to suspend our desire for logical information and rely more on intuition. When we create for the joy of the process, rather than for the product, we explore creativity in a deeply intimate way. We engage in a discipline within which we cultivate an attitude of openness to surprise and serendipity, waiting with patience and humility……Christine Valters Paintner & Betsey Beckman

 

the end of all trouble….

Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying

to work its way into your consciousness.

…..Carolyn Myss

 

translucence & the fading of our days

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You don’t need a beautiful life, you need a beautiful heart that leads to a beautiful life…..The Beauty of a Woman

we have fallen before……wrestled with fear and complacency and time…..and here we are again…..how do we know we are on the threshold?

I am listening to my heart, I am noticing the subtle ebb and flow of my life as it unfolds before my eyes. I am open to change, I am vulnerable to the call of my soul but above all I have absolute faith in where I am going. I am a firm believer in noticing synchronicities and letting them guide you on your path — noticing ‘signs’ directing you in a certain way can be magical in transforming your life. I also believe people come into your life for a reason, and that chance encounters can change your world.

Keep your mind and heart open to possibilities and change, it could lead you to where you want to be or what you want to do…….Zoe Quiney

moving to the beginning

In a recent dream, I saw myself dragging my heels into the mud, squealing my brakes, trying to come to a standstill — as life continued its motion swirling all about me.

Life constantly flows, moves, shapes, changes. When we resist where it asks to guide us for hopes of stagnant sameness, it’s painful; it crashes against us.

Like our own blood flows, we are made to flow, to circulate. Through the ups and the downs.

The legendary Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that our genius is that truth for ourselves which we believe to be true for all beings. To us, it is just simply not subjective. My truth believes that we all desire to unfold — to allow life to open us.

Have faith in the changes life beckons you to undergo, and trust the process. Feel the resistance of inertia, but insist on opening to the flow of transformation anyway. Release your grip, surrender.

And, remember: unfoldment is never all or nothing. Opening to change, no matter how seemingly small is cumulative. It’s these little openings that create space for more expansive ones…..Renée Claude