how do you tune in?

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But what’s wrong? What is this sadness we cannot name? Here is a question that deserves loving meditation. Perhaps the heart of our melancholy is that we miss the person we were meant to be. We miss our authentic selves. But the good news is that even if you have ignored its overtures for decades, your authentic self has not abandoned you. Instead it has been waiting patiently for you to recognize it and reconnect. Turn away from the world this year and begin to listen. Listen to the whispers of your heart. Look within.    ~Sarah Ban Breathnach

don’t look back. don’t move too quickly forward. just sit awhile. just be.

inquiry for today~  ever find a moment in the day when you really notice? maybe it’s the clouds, maybe it’s a sweet thought, maybe it’s a discontent…..but you notice…..and then maybe you can breathe a little more deeply, settle a little less distractedly?

the unkind parts of life

On the surface, making small, discerned choices doesn’t seem to be so important. We tend to want to skip the work of it all. It can seem relentless to be aware so much of the time. Yet these choices are the very structure of our lives. Just as the pine needle or the seed an ant brings to its hill is the stuff out of which the hill is constructed so our choices can bring us peace or continuing chaos. Pausing often helps us remember and value our ability to choose. Doing so with awareness, remembering to ask, What’s enough here and now?” takes us deeper. We will find ourselves ripening into another way of being. It happens as silently and as slowly as an apple turning red. Asking the simple question: “What will serve life today?” is a penetrating practice. Not what will serve me, my problems, my family, my desires or worries.  Such questions only lead us to the realm of worry. When we ask, “What will serve life right here and now?” we begin to live in a larger picture. Whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, this question can help us focus our intentions. It is so fundamental it should lie within every small choice we make, not just the big ones. “What will serve life today?” Life does not mean our own small ego’s insistence on its own way. It means something else. What will allow for the greatest good in a particular, local setting, keeping in mind ourselves, the people in our lives, the environment, and the community? Hearing our answer from deep within and following its direction will turn us slowly towards peace, a peace we may not understand but one that opens us to new meaning.  ~ Gunilla Norris

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