a fine line

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Revelation is not for the faint of heart. Some of us with tiny paranoia issues think that so much information and understanding is being withheld from us- knowledge that would save us, and help us break the code and enable us to experience life with peace and amusement. But in our quieter moments we remember that a) there are no codes, and b) if you are paying attention, plenty is being revealed. And if you gently help yourself back to the present moment, and you see how life keeps stumbling along and how you may actually find your way through another ordinary or impossible day. Without revelation and reframing, life can seem like an endless desert of danger with scratchy sand in your shoes, and yet if we remember or are reminded to pay attention, we find so many sources of hidden water, so many bits and chips and washes of color, in a weed or the gravel or a sunrise. Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behavior.

~Anne Lamott

we forget so easily what open-heartedness is…..each time we forget and return, we are reminded how we get in our own way…..open, open, open….

inquiry for today~   your tools are acceptance, reigniting, and continuing on……

the fundamental heart

One of the book agents responsible for getting many of the most innovative thinkers in psychology and spirituality published, years before anyone else could have sold these books, seemed to be a self-absorbed and ruthless man. At the time I met him I was studying spiritual paths, many of which emphasized the need to clean up your act in order to be able to serve a universal purpose. Yet here was a man to whom most spiritual teachers would have assigned a million years of practice, who had nevertheless done great good in the world, spreading life-affirming ideas through the culture like a Johnny Appleseed.

Over the years I have learned that “cleaning up one’s act” may be far less important than consecrating one’s life. It may be possible to use everything. A ruthless man may be able to open doors that a more kindly and traditionally spiritual person could knock on forever. Without judgment, many things can be made holy.

~Rachel Naomi Remen

 

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