Wednesday, September 24, 2014

into the heart of being...

In any moment, you can bring every aspect of yourself home
 to the heart of being,
 the radiant, conscious awareness
 that is the truth of yourself.
~ Gangaji

Copper Infinity Bracelet

available at BellissimiOrnamenti on etsy 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

be guided by calmness...

"Be guided absolutely and entirely by the vision of calmness,
 and not by the shadows of anxiety. 
The hour of calmness 
is the hour of illumination and correct judgment."
~ James Allen

"Peaceful" - Print

available at KristinLeeHagerArt on etsy 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

honoring the space between us...

“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, 
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. 
Love one another but make not a bond of love: 
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. 
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. 
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. 
Sing and dance together and be joyous, 
but let each one of you be alone, 
Even as the strings of a lute are alone 
though they quiver with the same music. 
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. 
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. 
And stand together, yet not too near together: 
For the pillars of the temple stand apart, 
And the oak tree and the cypress 
grow not in each other's shadow.” 
~Khalil Gibran~ 

Seattle Print

available at TalulaChristian on etsy 

Friday, September 19, 2014

losing it, on purpose...

"It is not our job to remain whole.
We came to lose our leaves
Like the trees, and be born again,
Drawing up from the great roots."
~ Robert Bly ~


"Fall Aspen Tunnel"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

you yourself are the path...

"Have you understood, yet,
that you are the path that
takes you beyond yourself?"
~ Dennis Lewis ~


Woodland Scenic Art Print

available at BrazenDesignStudio on etsy 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

light the lamp of Mindfulness...

"Continue making connections with all the good
things around, you will see that the outside world
is brighter and more beautiful than before, because
you have put an end to forgetfulness and have lit
the lamp of mindfulnes
s. You have begun again
to be nourished by what is wonderful in life."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

"A Little Spot on Green St."

available at VibrantBrushStrokes on etsy 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

all one in Spirit...

"I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit."

~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"All Wrapped up into One"

Saturday, September 13, 2014

I am myself my own unique door...

"The way to find the real ‘world’ is not merely 
to measure and observe what is outside us, 
but to discover our own inner ground. 
For that is where the world is, first of all: in my deepest self. 
This ‘ground,’ this ‘world’ where I am mysteriously present at once to my own self 
and to the freedoms of all other men,
 is not a visible objective and determined structure with fixed laws and demands.
 It is a living and self-creating mystery 
of which I am myself a part, 
to which I am myself my own unique door."

~Thomas Merton,
Contemplation in a World of Action 


purple sky waterfall over a doorway

Friday, September 12, 2014

such Love does the sky now pour...

"Such love does
the sky now pour,
that whenever I stand in a field,
I have to wring out the light
when I get Home."
~St Francis of Assisi 

Blue sky watercolor print

Thursday, September 11, 2014

finding our true home...

"Our practice is to find our true home. 
When we breathe, 
we breathe in such a way that we can find our true home. 
When we make a step, 
we make a step in such a way
 that we touch our true home with our feet."
~Thich Nhat Hanh
"Ocean" Painting Print

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I am a recovering Higher Power...

Anne Lamott:

"I surrendered. 
 I lay down my weapons 
and went over to the winning side. 
 I am a recovering Higher Power."
excerpted from Anne's facebook post

Monday, September 8, 2014

when making a profit no longer makes sense...

"The One, or Oneness,
 as we might say in Zen, 
never tries to turn a profit from anything at all. 
It wouldn’t even make sense. 
We, on the other hand, 
are always trying to turn a profit from every human exchange. 
We are always trying to get something—
admiration, love, recognition, praise, 
acknowledgment, even just staying connected. 
Think how we manipulate and bargain
 and negotiate to turn a profit from every interaction. 
Much of this is subtle, unconscious habit. 
Even when we give, or serve, or love, 
or pay attention, we’re trying to get something. 
Sometimes it’s just to get back some of what we give. "
~Sensei Nancy Mujo Baker

Sunday, September 7, 2014

deliberately irrelevant...

"Are monastics and hippies and poets relevant? 
No, we’re deliberately irrelevant.
 We live with an ingrained irrelevance 
which is proper to every human being. 
The marginal person accepts the basic irrelevance 
of the human condition, 
an irrelevance 
which is manifested above all by the fact of death."
~Thomas Merton