Writing this book proposal has been a journey in itself. It's never easy to be vulnerable or expose our pain, our heartache, our shame. But, it's necessary for growth and healing. As Angel Kyodo Williams says, "You have to be open to meeting face to face, and even dancing with, the truth that pertains to your life right now. You have to find a way to collect your fractured pieces, examine them and then accept them as part of who you are. Spiritual practice is about transformation, but it's also, and more importantly, about working with what is."
"And this our life exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything."
- William Shakespeare
"For what is prayer but the expansion of yourself into the living ether? When you pray, you rise up to meet in the air those who are praying at that very hour, and whom save in prayer you may not meet. Therefore let your visit to that temple invisible be for naught but ecstasy and sweet communion." - Kahlil Gibran
"A hundred times a day I remind myself that my life depends on the labors of other men (& women! :)), living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give, in measure as I have received, and am still receiving."
- Albert Einstein
"I rose this morning early as usual, and went to my desk. But it's spring, and the thrush is in the woods, somewhere in the twirled branches, and he is singing. And so now I am standing by the open door. And now I am stepping down onto the grass. I am touching a few leaves. I am noticing the way the yellow butterflies move together, in a twinkling cloud, over the field. And I am thinking: maybe just looking and listening is the real work. Maybe the world, without us, is the real poem." - Mary Oliver
Sharing this beautiful & powerful meditation we learned in yoga teacher training this weekend:
I forgive myself for being imperfect ...
I forgive myself for making mistakes ...
I forgive myself for being a learner in this lifetime ...
I forgive everyone for everything ...
"When our perceptions are no longer dressed up or boxed in by our endless list of ideas, we can understand what is meant by "Seeing things as they are." When we are very, very still, in the way that meditation allows us to be, we can find the space to let everything be as it is. It is from that space that you will find the room you need to see who you are and how you fit in the world."
~ Angel Kyodo Williams
"The more aware you are of the power of your spirit, the less you have to travel physically, because you can send your thoughts & prayers to do the work for you. It may be difficult to apprehend that, even while hanging out in your own home, your thoughts are influencing the whole of life, but the truth is something we are all under Contract to learn."
- Caroline Myss, Sacred Contracts
"Within us is a secret longing to remember the light, to step out of time in this dancing world. It's where we began and where we return."
- Jack Kornfield
So looking forward to an amazing week out West ... Nevada, San Fran & Northern California ... Including a visit to Spirit Rock ... Nothing like travel to beautiful destinations to reconnect us to the Light.
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” ~ Lao-Tze