Blessed Are You

Blessed are you
who bear the light
in unbearable times,
who testify
to its endurance
amid the unendurable,
who bear witness
to its persistence
when everything seems
in shadow
and grief.

Blessed are you
in whom
the light lives,
in whom
the brightness blazes –
your heart
a chapel,
an altar where
in the deepest night
can be seen
the fire that
shines forth in you
in unaccountable faith,
in stubborn hope,
in love that illumines
every broken thing
it finds.

~ Jan Richardson

Image: Tree Sculpture by Debra Bernier

Letting Go

Sun and Pine

 

What if I just allow life to unfold & stop complaining and critiquing how well God is doing?

“None of us knows what might happen even the next minute,
yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.”
~Paulo Coelho

Advice to Myself – Spacious Heart

Open Heart, Spacious Heart

 “The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe…”
~Swami Prabhavananda

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What happens if I stay open-hearted and vulnerable, no matter what happens around me?

Can I be spacious and hard-hearted?
No, when my heart is open and spacious, my mean malicious thoughts just blow away.

Can I have a spacious heart and be sad?
Not for long – if I hold my heart open and allow my grief and sadness to flow, they wash away.

Isn’t that what Jesus and Gandhi and Buddha taught – to stay open-hearted and spacious?

I am reminded of a story I read once about the Dalai Lama; a woman came to see the Dalai Lama and told him a story of how she and other Buddhist nuns had been put down, abused and mistreated by the male monks in their spiritual communities. Upon hearing her story, the Dalai Lama bowed his head and wept. He wept openly in the middle of his great hall, surrounded by his advisors. He wept openly in front of the many important people who were waiting to speak to him.  And everyone in the great hall that day, was changed. The Dalai Lama embodied vulnerability and spacious heart for everyone to see and feel.

I choose a spacious heart today
I choose spacious even when it feels vulnerable.
I choose spacious even when it gets scary.
I choose spacious.

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Defintion: Spa·cious  –  /ˈspāSHəs/

Adjective: Having ample space. capacious – roomy – wide – large – ample – extensive

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Cosmos Comes in Many Forms

Cosmos Flowers

“We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”
~Carl Sagan

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What magnificent expression of the cosmos am I?
How do I choose to express the Universe within me today?
And how do you choose to express your Universe?

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Why are you so enchanted by this world,
when a mine of gold lies within you?

~Rumi