The only true place of calm in a storm is the very center. So the only thing to do, once in the storm, is to make our way to the center of it, hard as that may seem……Mark Nepo
gratitude may be one of the most powerful practices……nothing moves stuckness quite like the humble reassurance in the grace found in this life….with that comes some hard reality as well…..a direct invitation to make the choices of our lives……may we continue to find the divine within our courage….
I want to know where gratitude lives. I want to knock politely on its door. I want to be invited into its house. Gratitude does not live in the transactional or the manipulative or the bargaining or the negotiating. I know it does not, because that is where I live, and I never brush shoulders with gratitude, as I am wending my way around and through obstacles and navigating my trajectory from here to that place we used to call safe in our game of tag when we were kids — that one designated spot we could just touch with a foot or even a finger and be impervious to being tagged and made it. When we were touching safe, we could relax our bodies and breathe for a moment. When we were touching safe, we could look around the yard and hear a bird sing, or we could laugh about something or even just not be worried for one infinitesimal moment about the consequences of being caught……..Sarah Rosenberg
Life emerges out of the silence of our inner being. The life that we have in our mind, the life that is a reflection of our planning, the life that has been constructed out of bits and pieces in our environment—external conditioning, things we have observed in other people, things that influential people have told us—is actually not who we are. That pre-planned life is rigid. It’s artificial. It’s unresponsive. It doesn’t reflect the life that we were born to live. Magic is actually very down to earth. It’s a part of our lives. It’s going on all the time, we just don’t see it. But when you actually take care of yourself, work with yourself and create openness in your life, life will respond by cooperating. And when you are unwilling to relate with yourself at the beginning of your day, your life is going to give you a hard time……Reggie Ray