re-filling the happiness well

how sweetly they dance side by side

You don’t ‘do’ happiness. You receive it. It’s available to everyone but we can only tap it, have it run up through us, when we’re still. A well that darts around can never draw water. We misinterpret success, desire, enterprise, & the things we love as the state of happiness. Usually, we don’t even consider happiness because we’re too busy dashing after life. When  I was sick, I was settled down. I didn’t have a lot of energy for engagement, the daily tending to a hundred details. I am not saying the ideal state is a sick body, but when I began to aggravate about something I knew I was getting better. At that moment, where was my happiness? I lost my connection to home plate, to the core of reception, patience, the bottom of my belly, to the ground of well-being……Natalie Goldberg

isn’t this an eye-opening awareness? a seemingly no-win situation….a life lesson which shows precisely how caught up we are, yet unraveling it becomes an ever-widening crack… dancing till dawn….can’t stop….can’t not stop….

moving into the forces of water, fire, earth & air

What makes this moment so crucial is that it continually releases the freshness of living. The key to finding this moment & all its freshness, again, & again, is in slowing down. Often, when we are inconvenienced, we are being asked to slow down…..Mark Nepo

to miss our wholeness is devastating when we wake up & realize it…..when we understand, if only for a breath, how much of our life is like a river flowing under us….so we look up, quit chasing it, sit on the riverbank, & take a little break….

I need to recover a rhythm in my heart that moves my body first & my mind second, that allows my soul to catch up with me. I need to take a sacred pause, as if I were a sun-warmed rock in the center of a rushing river.

….Dawna Markova

6 thoughts on “re-filling the happiness well

  1. Natalie Goldberg “The Writing Life” is so rich with practical advise, and humor too… She has listened as life showed her the way to slow down, and then knows how to share it with the reader… As often as I can I try to take a few minutes to stop and pay attention to my breathing. It is what grounds us in life, not the quickness of the pace, but the rhythm of the breath of life…

    • She is full of surprises too….keeps her writing on the edge….it is amazing how quickly we can ground ourselves in the present with the breath…just by paying attention……very wise…thanks g.f.s….

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