I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple
in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
maybe you have found a safe place to live in-between the nooks of buffered feelings, memories and doubt……the elusive and intangible language of the soul never dismisses these feelings, but it surrounds us in the light of possibility within them….may we fold in to grace….
Since we are not separate from anything around us, nature’s teachings about impermanence, decay, death, regeneration, survival in adversity, stillness, silence and selflessness can assist us in our mysterious and profound journey of self-discovery. Nature provides space, clarity, and stillness so we can see the truth of the mystery of birth and death and begin to penetrate what it means to be an awake, alive, conscious human being. To understand who we are and what we are doing here gives us purpose, clarity, and an inner confidence. It can help us to prioritize what is important in our lives, so we don’t wake up in several decades’ time, ultimately regretting that we did not make use of this remarkable opportunity of life that has been given to us. To live with self-understanding provides an inner joy, spaciousness, and freedom that is priceless and that ultimately frees us from pain and suffering…….Mark Coleman
One of the more difficult paradoxes to accept is that the abundance of gifts is always quietly present and that it is we who drift in and out of seeing it. The one recurring doorway to this vitality is our simple participation in life. When we slip into heartless watching, the abundance seems to vanish. When we dare to shape up and be fully present, grace and wonder and mystery start to appear, even in the midst of terrible pain. Not as planned dreams, or as images of lovers, or as scripts of success designed by our fantasies of ourselves. But as oddly shaped pods of vitality bursting to multiply and bring us further into the mystery of living. As Aldous Huxley wisely says: ‘It is through self-knowledge, not through belief in somebody else’s symbols, that a person comes to the eternal reality, in which their being is grounded.’ Ironically, people have tried for ages to quarantine themselves from the wheel of life and all the sounds it makes as it turns. It’s too scary. It’s too dreary. It’s overwhelming. It makes me feel so insignificant. Which all may be true. But it’s leaning ‘into’ the truth of what happens that heals us by opening the fabric of life that holds all this. In actuality, there is no life outside the life of experience…..Mark Nepo