cultivate power

This magnificent refuge is inside you. Enter. Shatter the darkness that shrouds the doorway. Step around the poisonous vipers that slither at your feet, attempting to throw you off your course. Be bold. Be humble. Put away the incense and forget the incantations they taught you. Ask no permission from the authorities. Slip away. Close your eyes and follow your breath to the still place that leads to the invisible path that leads you home.

~Mirabai Starr

no. we can’t go back. we can’t really make it up. we can only listen.

inquiry for today~ what is the true power in forgiveness?

the pain of knowing

Today I offer a suggestion for practicing hospitality in your life. Begin by pausing for a few moments and connecting to your breath.  Gently draw your awareness down to your heart center and take some time to notice what you are feeling right now.  See if you can make space for the truth of your experience without judgment or trying to change it.  Then bring to your awareness what the mystics across traditions tell us – that the infinite compassion of God burns in our hearts.  Breathe it in and allow it to fill you and your experience.  Anytime you are feeling tender or hurt, allow some inner space to fill with compassion.  Then extend that compassion to someone in your life whom you love.  Then see if you can imagine this sacred compassion filling someone whom you find difficult.

How does this help you in your offering of hospitality to the stranger within and without?

~Christine Valters Paintner

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