ways of the wild

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The on-the-spot practice of being fully present, feeling your heart, and greeting the next moment with an open mind can be done at any time: when you wake up in the morning, before a difficult conversation, whenever fear or discomfort arises. This practice is a beautiful way to claim your warriorship, your spiritual warriorship. In other words, it is a way to claim your courage, your kindness, your strength. This is a way of extending warmth and acceptance to whatever is going on for you right now. Having connected with what is, with love and acceptance, you can go forward with curiosity and courage. I call this third step “taking a leap.”

~Pema Chodron

remembering our warrior ways….

inquiry for today~   how can you be more fierce and wild and compassionate today?

not too far backward

On a true pilgrimage, we soon discover that the journey has its own rhythm and momentum. We realize, if our hearts are listening, that there are secret destinations that reveal themselves as our path unfolds. When we take off on a journey, we want to pack a map so we know where we are going. We want to have a guide which tells us which path to go and which turns to take.

The spiritual journey calls us out into the wild places where God is not tamed and domesticated. We are asked to release our agendas and discover the holy direction for our lives. When we yield, we allow a holy pause, notice where we are “forcing things,” and then we can let them go. It is about smiling gently at all the inner desires that attempt to grasp control of our lives. When we do, we can give those feelings a compassionate gaze. We can allow each of them to dissolve into this endless embrace, yielding to the greater force at work within us.

~Christine Valters Paintner

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