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Inner Winds

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Listening to the inner winds, to this New Moon, and to Black Elk speak.

“All over the sky a sacred voice is calling your name.” ~ Black Elk

And I remind myself to breathe like I mean it. Prana is medicine.

“And when I breathed, my breath was lightning.” ~ Black Elk

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Resting In The Infinite

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These words are speaking right to my heart:

{The Well of Stars} by David Whyte

“… But it takes a little while to get there,
all the unburdening
and the laying down
and the willingness
to really tire yourself,
and then step by step,
the way
the poets through time
generously gave themselves
to us,
walking pilgrims
through doubt,
combining their fear,
their fierceness and their faith.

And you now,
in the front of the room
under the fluorescent light
by the reflected window,
hiding all the stars
you have forgotten…

There, for all to see,
the well of stars,
and the great night from which you were born.”

After last night’s Honey Full Moon, I took all that full moon juju, that rocked and shook me into looking at things a bit differently, and tucked it in this medicine pouch. It whispers a reminder to see joy in all the little things and just choose happy.

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Tending to The Bones

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Mary Oliver + the classic Tagore for Sadhana tonight. Practice repeat and lose yourself in the here and now – in the “untrimmable light of the world”.

{Mindful} by Mary Oliver

Every day
I see or hear
something
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for –
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world –
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant –
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these –
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

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Let It Be

The amount of worth we put on ourselves according to our outputs has been on my mind a lot lately. Some thrive on a constant outpouring while others, like myself, move much slower and require a lot more quiet and still to bring forth our insides out into to the word. There is no right way, we all move at different speeds. The mistake is to compare ourselves to others based on this.

I wrote a piece entitled “Pace is Grace”, that got accepted for a book collaboration that will be available later this year, reminding me that whatever pace we move it’s all good. As long as we’re honoring ourselves.

I read this and thought, YES. Treasure your unique pace and personal evolution, let the rest be.

“You have to resist the demands of the work-oriented, often defensive, element in your psyche that measures life only in terms of output — how much you produce — not in terms of the quality of your life experiences. To be a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive, prove-yourself values of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in yourself and your own personal evolution.” ~ Jean Shinoda Bolen

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Chaos Within

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It’s becoming ironically clearer and clearer to me that feeling confused is a very natural human state, one that we shouldn’t fight against, but completely embrace. Clarity within chaos? Ah beautiful paradoxes.

“Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.” ~ George Saunder

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Journals out, writing fiercely: the antidote to chasing the shapes of unclear ideas within this head of mine. The creative process gone a little mad. “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Happy First Day of Spring

Spring Compass Mandala by Jenn Grosso

As the wheel continues to turn, the balance moves from dark to light, sleep to growth. we move always in circles, spiraling forward. I welcome spring with this mandala, a compass of sorts.

Even though it might not quite look like spring yet… we can begin to feel it in the air. Hello spring I’m ready.

“There might be snow or ice on the ground, there might be harsh winds. The entire world is purifying itself, cleansing away the dead and dirty and moving toward balance. Shouldn’t we do the same? ~ The Lunar Tao

“I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.” ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés

A Spring Gathering, by Diana Sudyka

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Letting Go and Letting Be

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Apranihita is the Sanskrit term for the teaching of aimlessness and means not setting an object or goal in front of you and running after it. It means to release the need to know and to have. To just be.

“We must bring a revolution in our thinking: we must stop. We must do as the flower does. The flower is aware of the fact that it contains everything within it, the whole cosmos, and it does not try to become something else. It is the same for you.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

For me, right now, this means releasing the need to know the way forward, sometimes it’s through aimlessness that all is revealed. Taking some deep breaths and surrendering.

And after this video/meditation, you really can’t help but to surrender.
Even just a little.

The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering)
Read by Thich Nath Hanh, chanted by brother Phap Niem.

“May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the kosmos even in the darkest spots. Living beings are able to hear it clearly so that all suffering in them cease. Understanding comes to their heart and they transcend the path of sorrow and death. The universal dharma door is already open. The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly. The miracle happens, a beautiful child appears in the heart of a lotus flower. One single drop of this compassionate water is enough to bring back the refreshing spring to our mountains and rivers. Listening to the bell I feel the afflictions in me begin to dissolve. My mind calm. My body relax. A smile is born on my lips. Following the sound of the bell my breathe brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness. In the garden of my heart the flowers of peace bloom beautifully.” ~ Thich Nath Hanh

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