the cold, dark ground

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Start just here. Tune into your heart. That is where love, wisdom, grace, and compassion reside. With loving attention, feel into what matters most to you. Yes, there are anxious thoughts, and there is grief and trauma, but don’t let your heart be colonized by fear. Take time to quiet the mind and tend to the heart. Go out and look at the sky. Breathe in and open yourself to the vastness of space. Sense the seasons turning, the rise and fall of dynasties and eras. Breathe out and dwell in loving awareness. Practice equanimity and steadiness. Learn from the trees. Become the still point in the center of it all.

Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that in uncertain times, our own steadiness can become a sanctuary for others. “When the crowded Vietnamese refugee boats met with storms or pirates, if everyone panicked, all would be lost. But if even one person on the boat remained calm and centered, it was enough. It showed the way for everyone to survive.”    ~Jack Kornfield

when live in our life rather than toward it, we enliven our bones from the ground up….

inquiry for today~  where can you trust that space where you meet yourself fully?

what we don’t know

Our journey asks us to discover the relationship between our heart and path by extracting lessons from what we feel. Because feeling is the only way to know that we’re truly here. When confused or lost, we can only be restored by the original experience of our heart and what it says to us directly. To have our heart become the conductor of all our gifts is the inner work of everyone drawn to a wakeful life. As we begin to bring our mind and heart closer together, we begin to know our worth. As our heart becomes the conductor of our life, we enter the long journey of finding our place in a mysterious world.    ~Mark Nepo

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