Inspiration

Sunday inspiration: Simplicity, patience, compassion

“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.”

― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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By | 2011-09-18T08:29:14+00:00 September 18th, 2011|Inspiration|2 Comments

Sunday inspiration: A life of deep awareness

this present moment

The secret of beginning a life of deep awareness and sensitivity lies in our
willingness to pay attention.

Our growth as conscious, awake human beings is
marked not so much by grand gestures and visible renunciations as by extending
loving attention to the minutest particulars of our lives.

Every relationship,
every thought, every gesture is blessed with meaning through the wholehearted
attention we bring to it.

In the complexities of our minds and lives we easily
forget the power of attention, yet without attention we live only on the surface
of existence.

It is just simple attention that allows us truly to listen to the
song of a bird, to see deeply the glory of an autumn leaf, to touch the heart of
another and be touched.

We need to be fully present in order to love a single
thing wholeheartedly.

We need to be fully awake in this moment if we are to
receive and respond to the learning inherent in it.

~Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield,

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By | 2011-09-11T07:19:39+00:00 September 11th, 2011|Inspiration|0 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Live the question

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved
in your heart.
Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms
and like books written in a foreign language.
Do not now look for the answers.
They cannot now be given to you
because you could not live them.
It is a question of experiencing everything.
At present you need to live the question.
Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it,
find yourself experiencing the answer,
some distant day.

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–Rainer Marie Rilke

By | 2011-09-04T09:10:02+00:00 September 4th, 2011|Inspiration|2 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Take what you are and use it

At a ritual recently I learned of a wonderful book called .  Each us of selected one of the remedios, and mine was Milk Thistle.  The story of Milk Thistle is very appropriate for the Virgo New Moon so I’d like to share it with you for this Sunday’s inspiration. (Image is Ancestor Spirits by Willow Arlenea.)

Willow Arlenea

Milk Thistle works with what is here: the yellow layers of toxins, the charcoal grit, the green bile slow as crude oil pooling in the liver’s reservoirs, waiting to learn to flow.  Milk Thistle says take what you are and use it.

She’s a junkyard artist, crafting beauty out of the broken. She’s a magician, melting scar tissue into silk. She’s a miner, fingering greasy lumps of river clay for emeralds. She can enter the damaged cells of your life and recreate your liver from a memory of health. She can pass her hands over this torn and stained tapestry of memory and show us beauty, make the threads gleam with the promise of something precious gained.

She will not flinch from anything you have done to keep yourself alive. Give it to me, she will say, I will make it into something new. She will show you your courage, hammered to a dappled sheen by use.  She will remind you that you took yourself over and over to the edge of what you knew. She will remind you that the world placed limits on your powers. That you were not omnipotent. That some of the choices you made were not choices.

Use what you are, she says again and again, insistent. You are every step of your journey; you are everything that has […]

By | 2011-08-28T07:10:04+00:00 August 28th, 2011|Inspiration|0 Comments

Sunday inspiration: A blessing

John O'Donohoe Art by Michael Green

May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work
You do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those
Who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden you.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams,
Possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.

May the light of your soul guide you
From the works of John O’Donohoe, an Irish poet and mystic

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By | 2011-08-21T08:18:34+00:00 August 21st, 2011|Inspiration|4 Comments
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