that little quiet nook


You’re already more and less
than whatever you can know.
Breathe out, look in, let go.
…..John Welwood

resting in between the spaces in our lives as breathing room……as a remembrance of why we are here… a surrender to all that we will never know….may we find our worth in between the light….

Rest is the conversation between what we love to do and how we love to be. Rest is the essence of giving and receiving. Rest is an act of remembering, imaginatively and intellectually but also physiologically and physically. To rest is to give up on the already exhausted will as the prime motivator of endeavor, with its endless outward need to reward itself through established goals. To rest is to give up on worrying and fretting and the sense that there is something wrong with the world unless we are there to put it right; to rest is to fall back literally or figuratively from outer targets and shift the goal not to an inner static bulls eye, an imagined state of perfect stillness, but to an inner state of natural exchange. We are rested when we are a living exchange between what lies inside and what lies outside, when we are an intriguing conversation between the potential that lies in our imagination and the possibilities for making that internal image real in the world; we are rested when we let things alone and let ourselves alone, to do what we do best, breathe as the body intended us to breathe, to walk as we were meant to walk, to live with the rhythm of a house and a home, giving and taking through cooking and cleaning. When we give and take in this easy foundational way we are closest to the authentic self, and closest to that self when we are most rested. To rest is not self indulgent, to rest is to prepare to give the best of ourselves, and perhaps, most importantly, arrive at a place where we are able to understand what we have already been given……David Whyte

the dreamy spaciousness of sweet nothings

Our life’s journey flows like the cycles of a tree. A tree changes from green leaves and flowers to bare branches then back to green leaves and flowers. With the right care, it can produce magnificent foliage yet it may still need a dormant period. How well we tend to our inner being, feed it with good thoughts and keep hope in our heart determines how well we weather life’s storms. We also need a dormant period to re-energize ourselves so we can achieve our full potential……Don Shapiro

5 thoughts on “that little quiet nook

  1. As in breathing and in the beating of the heart, there is a rest between each in-breath and out, between each pulse of the heartbeat, allowing time to reflect and gather energy for the next. There is the circadian rhythm of of the earth (now accelerating by the way) that pulses in cycles like all of nature. In sanskrit there is the pralaya and manvantara, where we would find our souls resting or reaching out into new experiences. This is the true cause – as we grow, so also must we rest in the knowledge of experience … May the quiet sunshine warm your place of rest today …

    • I have also been studying the Bardos, the Buddhist word for that in between place…..a depth of great harmony and knowing…..I now know that when I find myself ‘staring off’ into the distance, my soul is settling and renewing…..I send this ‘quiet sunshine’ back to you g.f.s…..

  2. I sometimes wake in the early morning and listen to the soft breathing of the universe. This is one thing I never tire of, for I can carry that quiet with me all day long. ~ In its tender beating, I have learned to recognize my own. ~ Love to you, my friend. ~ Bobbie

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