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…..like dancing till dawn….can’t stop….can’t not stop….
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.