the layers of awe


We are not truly experiencing life unless we are both participating and reflecting on our experience. Otherwise, we are only half there as the lack of either- not involving our whole personality or not reflecting on our experience- will keep us self-centered. And so we often end up compensating for our lack of participation or reflection by reframing people and events as props on our little stage to support our little theater of understanding. What this means in a daily way is that we show up with all of our care, and then let go of our attachments to what might come of our care. Something magical opens when we risk who we are. And so we are asked to detach and reflect on the truth of our actual experience, in order to understand the lessons we are being given. When we can see with the eyes of the deep, one inner reward is an authentic and unimpeded clarity which doesn’t remove us, but somehow brings us closer to the true nature of things…..Mark Nepo

ever notice how when we look into the eyes of beauty, boundaries soften, agitation clears, timeless clarity finds its way, and the heart clamors to be heard? playing hide-and-seek with beauty as touchstone to joy…..

When you beautify your mind, you beautify your world. You learn to see differently. In what seemed like dead situations, secret possibilities and invitations begin to open before you. In old suffering that held you long paralysed, you find new keys. When your mind awakens, your life comes alive and the creative adventure of your soul takes off. Passion and compassion become your new companions. As St. Iraneus said in the 2nd Century, “The glory of God is the human person fully alive.” ….. John O’Donohue

beauty as friend

Go beyond your tangled thoughts
and find the splendor of paradise.

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