remembering the million shades of yellow….

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, remembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
….T.S. Eliot

do you remember when you fell in love with life?….what feeds those first gentle stirrings? we begin in wholeness…and it is natural to fall into fragments along the way…..yet, when we find ourselves remembering our source, our intentions, and our heart it’s like remembering the flowers, the million shades of yellow, and the feel of fresh snow……

As we love ourselves, we move toward our own bliss, by which Joseph Campbell meant our highest enthusiasm. The word ‘entheos’ means ‘god-filled.’ Moving towards that which fills us with the godhood, that place where time is not, is all we need to do to change the world around us. Then we, naturally and without effort, love others and allow them to move beyond their self-imposed limitations, and in their own ways. The goal is to evolve to that place where the energy that had been projected outward to correct the world is turned around to correct oneself — to get on our own track and to dance, in balance, between the worlds. Following your bliss, as Joseph meant it, is not self-indulgent but vital; your whole physical system knows that this is the way to be alive in this world and the way to give the world the very best that you have to offer. There is a track just waiting for each of us, and once on it, doors will open that were not open before and would not open for anyone else. Everything does start clicking along, and yes, even Mother Nature herself supports the journey.
I have found that you only to take that one step toward the gods and they will then take ten steps toward you. That step, the heroic first step of the journey, is out of, or over the edge of, your boundaries, and it often must be taken before you know that you will be supported. The hero’s journey has been compared to a birth; it starts out warm and snug in a safe place; then comes a signal, growing more insistent, that it is time to leave. To stay beyond your time is to putrefy. Without the blood and tearing and pain, there is no new life…..Diane Osbon

a little blue & lonesome for the old soul…..

 It is far more creative to work with the idea of mindfulness rather than the idea of will. Too often people try to change their lives by using the will as a kind of a hammer to beat their life into proper shape. The intellect identifies the goal of the program, and the will accordingly forces the life into that shape. This way of approaching the sacredness of one’s own presence is externalist and violent. It brings you falsely outside yourself, and you can spend years lost in the wilderness of your own mechanical, spiritual programs…..John O’Donohue

9 thoughts on “remembering the million shades of yellow….

  1. At times it seems we need to embark on the heroes journey, when the reality is we are already on it, and mindfulness is the way that leads us up the crest of each wave so that we can view the goal in the distance even if only for a moment …

    • so much clarity comes from letting go of the idea of reaching a destination….when we reach that crest, that’s when we see it, knowing the wave will come again….I think that’s simply our humanness….that striving to be……wonderful visual of the hero’s journey g.f.s……

  2. Blue, there’s so much talk about free will and destiny, and yet, most never see how easily one becomes the other. I believe much of what we hope to learn is hidden just beneath the confines of our own expectations (our rules for living) – some preconceived notion of who we should be. Perhaps it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be. Perhaps our years are just a time for settling into our own breath. Inspired, as always. ~ Bobbie

    • Beautifully captured in a loving description….I think we all sense that we are dominated by ‘shoulds’ and it is confusing to just ‘be’……what does that mean? yet, somewhere we know what that means…..I love that ‘our years are just a time for settling into our own breath.’ Just a little more freedom…..a little of the wild soul…..maybe a few flowers in our hair today…..blessings….

  3. I have been gently practicing mindfulness in the last 6 months to move me through a challenge in my personal life. Now as that chapter closes I discover that mindfulness has made the letting go of something that was not true to me, a relief and I am not broken as I might have been in the past. Now mindfulness I find is within me and the most amazing life skill. I hope never to live without it again.

    • Thanks for sharing your journey……..I think you might like to check out some Mark Nepo…..wise & loving words on the mindful path……you’re so right in that it is a skill….one to be nurtured, owning your own heartful wisdom……many blessings……

      • Thank you for that . I am waiting for my new kindle: a gift for my birthday from my kids and I will make this my first purchase. Andrea

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