awkward beauty

You are bigger than your wounds. Even though we all want to be happy, often we don’t know how. But happiness is your birthright. You are born radiant, a child of the earth, innocent, open, and filled with wonder. As Wordsworth describes, we arrive “trailing clouds of glory.” Then as you grow, you find yourself vulnerable and, inevitably, you experience the full measure of life’s pleasure and pain. Navigating this uncertain terrain is the challenge and blessing of human life. Yes, you will be subject to praise and blame, gain and loss—subject to the vicissitudes of life. No matter what has happened, you can always start again, here and now. Learn to love anyway. Smile tenderly like a Buddha, calm amidst it all. Learn to let the mind quiet and the mystery of life will offer its gifts in return.

The deepest happiness is here for you, a wellspring beyond your fear. It flows from the creative river of life’s mystery. This is why 90-year-old widows tend small flowers in spring gardens and 10-year-olds with little to eat care for stray kittens. It is why painters going blind paint more, and composers going deaf write exquisite symphonies. As you give yourself to life, the river of life flows through you and renews itself. Wisdom sees the possibility of joy. We’re not here just to suffer.

~Jack Kornfield

what is joyful?

inquiry for today~ create your unwavering joy….release happiness as it comes and it goes…..

your mind gifts

Honor the space between no longer and not yet.

~Nancy Levin

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