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    The myriad….

    The world is Beautiful and it is everything that makes up life – sadness, suffering, life and death, delights, kindness, creativity and destruction – I think many of us only want to be in the Beautiful. What I notice if I only notice the Beautiful is that there is no contrast – and no contrast leads to no appreciation.  It’s as though if we are only willing to engage with the Beautiful, we end up without the capacity to hold our own, and other peoples’, less than becoming features – we are not built only for joy, we are deeper and richer and more multifaceted than that – but we inoculate ourselves from the world with its experiences of everything it means to be Here, Now…. in a world where there is cruelty, kindness, substance, depth, shallowness, callousness, creativity, divinity, ugliness, terror and beauty…. how can we look, how can we be a part of everything in the world without being overwhelmed or underwhelmed with this myriad of life experi...

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    Positionality & Gratitude

    It seems like they can’t co-exist, but they can. The curiosity to notice is to notice and to do one thing different….. We can be so grateful and loving to some people and under certain circumstances. And so ridged, controlling and posturing in others. What would happen if I applied my gratitude to those places where it’s most difficult, where I recognize I’ve taken a rigid stance? Most of us will notice, but will we do something different? Will we soften…?   It’s very difficult to be happy, content and fulfilled when we are wrapped up in a story we’ve made up in our own heads about how other people Should (should bring the road and words and actions to break through our good opinion of what we think everyone else should do. What would happen to my body if I let go, looked for my own work… And what I need to do to clean up my own life, self and attitudes, much improved though they may be.)  Acceptance of being. I love what Wayne ...

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    Mountain or Mole Hill?

    How big is this deal?  It’s a monster according to the 6:00 news, really it’s – One car bumped another car on the freeway and it’s a bump – only a little bump, no damage but a little paint off the bumper. We are both safe. Our cars and children are safe and we can get home for a meal before 8 and then read a bedtime story all in perfect health and wellbeing. It’s interesting how we feel as though we’ve been insulted and violated by the most innocent of accidents as though it were our body and not our Subaru, Lexus or Nissan that got the little bruise on its left fender. Some of us would be grateful that the kids are good, both people and families are safe and we will all make it home before the night blanket comes…  How big or small do I make this?  Do I recognize this as an opportunity to lead to love, to engender civility, or even concern for another human being?  Things worked out all right. Sometimes they do that&#...

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    Discomfort

    Under no circumstances do we want to be uncomfortable We want to have it all – all the comforts of life happy people around us and a life where there are no conflicts or complications.  I have never seen a birth, a life – or even a death that is not, in some way to some one, uncomfortable.  There are so many precarious moments when we could have stayed in stayed closer let go of what my beloved friend, Ravenspeaker, calls our “long cherished opinions.”  I want to feel the true pulse of the world. Not neglected – if it doesn’t go my way Not charmed – if everything does Life is made up of successes and failures, disappointments and amazing transformations and it really is about how we respond. Do we respond as an adult who can continue the conversation or as a 4 year old who has a tantrum – by pouting, crying, punishing, yelling, silent treatment… All of this can be avoided if we will come in with a thought: Everyone here has a rig...

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    Relax…

    The apple and plum trees would begin their sapling gestures, no matter their age. Ancient and youthful alike would break the silence, with a white wilderness of blooms overtaking the valley with its fragrance. We would slow down, dizzy as bees, to gaze skyward at the powder-white cups against the cerulean blue sky; the cherries would come in too, flowering with their cacophony of pinks, and let go the scent. So clear with a cleansing for our eyes and hearts after deep winter—clamoring pistils and petals, not a leaf in sight, just thousands and thousands of trees with armloads heavy with Beauty, fragrance, and hope.  I have heard over many years…. that Hope is at the Bottom of the vessel The one thing overlooked in Pandora’s Tale of Release & Curiosity. The Hope in the Tree blossom is the fruit.   When I was a child of seven or eight, my brother and I…. would go to the neighboring homestead that had few remnants, but for a plum orchard, crooked apple tr...

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    Simplicity & Clarity

    “Where there is not clarity there will be chaos and misunderstanding.” Angeles Arrien   Clarity clarity clarity Clear as a bell Clear as the morning light Honesty. Integrity. Just = >      how complicated     we make our lives     how we run     dash     go     do     overextend…     so much to do     for everyone     except for ourselves.  We are blessed with homes, work, our relationships legs, ears, eyes, fingers birds, trees lungs and air to breathe Simple as Canadian geese rising together on the blue air with one leading in the front to make it easier on the rest Each takes their turn. To do their part – Simple. Complex. Breathtaking…  Do one thing for yourself that extends love, play or fun Let love in – from other sources Do one thing today that is not more work Do one simple thing that adds to your pleasure of being alive ...

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    Evolutionary Consistency

    How can I learn and grow so I can go to the next level of effectiveness, connectedness, forgiveness, celebration, wholeness?  Am I willing to do the work and have the conversations with myself and others that will create a different experience for me….?  If there is an area of my Life I am not happy or satisfied with…. Consistently….  How can I lovingly, persistently, bring my creativity and compassion…. Together to make a new contract, a new contact, with myself and others. And especially how I want to live. If my life is not mirroring how I want to experience my days and nights on this planet…. How come?  There is a reason, a cause, for every result I experience and my life often mirrors me back to me. Sometimes we don’t see something about ourselves Until the great mirror world shows us something true. Whether it’s witnessing someone’s kindness. Or wincing at a cruelty… My father told me things come in threes....

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    Traveled Far

    I will sit for hours to Watch For their motions in the world…. A Movement in the branches…. In the clouds, through the waves I watch for life – clear, simple, powerful, mesmerizing. I love a statement I heard once that science done well resembles magic. In the air, or through the leaves the bird and the human heart become one, for a moment… We share an intimacy with the air and the magical creatures that populate our days and hours, our world. This intimacy is as simple as seeing a hummingbird at eye level and in an instant I gather every moment, each migration, the soft forms of hibiscus Grains yellow powder hovering around the face like sunlight and leaves of orange trees with their waxy blossoms fill the air with the fragrance of passion and warmth.  They have traveled places I have never been Seen and experienced wonders and adventures I have never known… But for this. To pause in wonder About where they have been, what they have seen in their fli...