the pendulum between life & living

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The artisan in the Wild Orchard has little interest in security and no illusions of invincibility. But she enjoys an authentic and rich relationship with her heart, her soul, her work, her people, the other-than-humans, Earth, and ultimately, the universe. Still, one day notices a waning in the fulfillment she derives from her soulwork, even while remaining brilliant as a channel for her giveaway. She begins to notice she’s less interested in accomplishing, in getting things done. She’s not excited about arriving somewhere other than where she is, or interested in making where she is any different from what it is. She’s still performing her soulwork with a variety of delivery systems, but the work is becoming increasingly effortless. She’s no longer motivated to generate new forms of embodiment for her particular set of soul powers. Something new now calls. It’s not so much about doing as it is about being. It’s sad to leave the Wild Orchard, with all its imaginative and fulfilling busyness, with all its magical, soul-infused inventions of things, ideas, crafts, and expressions never before seen or heard. The Wild Orchard surely was the best stage to be in……Bill Plotkin

we run and run from the wild unknown…..looking everywhere but inside for the fearless shelter…..moment to moment, life to life, we are in the river, swimming for the shore, always swimming for the moving shore……

Elders are the jewels of humanity that have been mined from the Earth, cut in the rough, then buffed and polished by the stonecutter’s art into precious gems that we recognize for their enduring value and beauty. Shaped with patience and love over decades of refinement, each facet of the jewel reflects light that awakens our soul to intimations of its own splendor. We sense such radiance in our youth but we cannot contain it. It requires a lifetime’s effort to carve out the multifaceted structure that can display our hidden splendor in all its glory…….Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

those roots holding on down deep….

It’s helpful to realize that this body that we have,

that’s sitting right here right now-

with its aches and pains-

is exactly what we need

to be fully human,

fully awake, fully alive.

…Pema Chodron

2 thoughts on “the pendulum between life & living

  1. For some reason, this reminds me of a quote I once read. I prayed for a miracle and received one. It wasn’t what I asked for, but it was exactly what I needed. The waters rise and the banks hurry by. Only our soul, the stone, remains fixed……… ~ Love, Bobbie

    • ….we shed so much as we age…..finding the jewels….the presence we so long for…..artists of our lives…..’saging’ into being…….may your inner elder be wild and resplendent…..dancing the graceful dance Bobbie…..

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