for all that haunts us

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It is not in expansion or rosy feelings that you find your bliss. Nor is it in your darkness or heaviest contractions. It is in the flow, in the movement between the two.  ~Chameli Ardagh

there is so much love in that pause in between all the stories of what is right and wrong in our lives…..may we surrender to a few everyday memories….

Wisdom grows out of our clear seeing in each moment. Seeing the arising and passing of our experience and how we relate to it. It arises through our gentle and careful inquiry into the workings of the body and mind and through an open inquiry into how this body and mind relate to the whole world around us. For insight to develop, this spirit of observation and deep questioning must be kept in the forefront. We can collect and quiet the mind, but then we must observe, examine, see its way and its laws. Wisdom is not one particular experience, nor a series of ideas or knowledge to be collected. It is an ongoing process of discovery that unfolds when we live with balance and full awareness in each moment. It grows out of our sincerity and genuine openness, and it can lead us to a whole new world of freedom.  ~Jack Kornfield

we touch beauty when we see beauty

The most beautiful thing about the ordinary was its surprises, like the heart found in my teacup just before I was ready to do dishes. Even the little cracks and cobwebs began to become magical. I was finding tiny rainbows and beautiful shadows near the kitchen sink. The new appreciation for the view we have from our kitchen window, the bungalows and parking lot at the school across the street. Was i the one finding the ordinary or what it the ordinary finding me? Instead of rushing through my chores I decided to take my time because who knew what blessings might appear. And so it happened. I fell completely head over heals in love with the ordinary things in my life and most especially the parts that were imperfect that reminded me that things were well used ad very loved. All of it. All the messy, broken, beautiful ordinary.    ~Tracie West

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