slow winter

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Asking is the beginning of receiving.

Make sure you don’t go to the ocean with a teaspoon.

At least take a bucket so the kids won’t laugh at you.

~Jim Rohn

how many times have we wished to be other than where we are? how many cold days do we suffer through? how many days could we light up and imagine and delight in the cold, blue dawn?

We suffer, plain and simple, when we want our experience to be something other than what it is. We suffer when we succumb to desire because we believe that attaining that desire will result in a permanent positive change. Everything that has a beginning has an end. We are not stagnant beings. Yet, we suffer profoundly because of our belief that we can somehow freeze and hold moments we enjoy forever and not participate fully in moments that cause us discomfort. The sooner we can accept transience as a given. The sooner we cam access our deepest voices.  ~Laraine Herring

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In eternity there is indeed something true and sublime. But all these times and places and occasions are now and here. God himself culminates in the present moment and will never be more divine in the lapse of the ages. Time is but a stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it, but when I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away but eternity remains.   ~Henry David Thoreau

5 thoughts on “slow winter

  1. Time is the eternal paradox of presence in consciousness… Could have been, might have been, I want, I wish … Are these truly question, or some skewed view of the present?

    • the only spaciousness to be found is around not holding on…..then we “have it”…..as you say, the eternal paradox…..I wish upon a star…..

  2. Been working at living in the present moment whatever it brings…..better than I used to be, but shall persevere.
    I talked my women’s group into studying the Book of Ecclesiastes this fall. I don’t think most of them “got” it, but it’s saying a lot of the same things as this post, particularly the Herring quote.
    Thanks again for the riches you bring us.
    Note to Grandfathersky: Could have been, I wish….all escapes from the present. Idealists, people who deal in possibilities have to fight to stay balanced by the reality of the present.

    • I read a blog at Holistic Wayfarer recently about this same topic,, and how some languages don’t even acknowledge those states of mind. Goes to show how we differ culturally, and how world views can lead to conflict through non-understanding –

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