grace

Spiritual Warriors

February 17, 2018

There is a beautiful Tibetan myth that helps us to accept our sadness as a threshold to all that is life-chaing and lasting. This myth affirs that all spiritual warriors have a broken heart—alas, must have a broken heart—because it is only through the break that the wonder and mysteries of life can enter us.

 

So what does it mean to be a spiritual warrior? It is far from being a soldier, but more the sincerity with which a soul faces itself in a daily way. It is this courage to be authentic that keeps us strong enough to withstand the heartbreak through which enlightenment can occur. And it is by honoring how life comes through us that we get the most out of living, not by keeping ourselves out of the way. The goal is to mix our hands in the earth, not stay to stay clean.

 

I keep breathing deeply through the breaking my heart. In daily ways, we are judged, discounted, and even pitied for glories that only we can affirm. In the end, life is too magnificent and difficult for us to give away our elemental place in the journey.

 

 

At some point in our lives, almost every one of us will have our heart broken. Imagine how different things would be if we paid more attention to this unique emotional pain. Psychologist Guy Winch reveals how recovering from heartbreak starts with a determination to fight our instincts to idealize and search for answers that aren’t there — and offers a toolkit on how to, eventually, move on. Our hearts might sometimes be broken, but we don’t have to break with them.

-Guy Winch, author “How to Fix a Broken Heart”

 

Grace under pressure.

Feb. 4, 1968

February 4, 2018

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s ‘Theory of Relativity’ to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

-MLK

Happy New Year

December 29, 2017

Ubuntu greeting, friends:

‘I am what I am because of who we all are’.

‘As night and day take turns on this massive Earth spinning nowhere, the song we share within takes turns with the catastrophes of living. When we go silent, the age goes dark.’

-Mark Nepo

“We all have traveled this same pathway of experience – – the journey of the soul to ‘the heights above’ – – and always there has been a deep inquiry in our minds: What is it all about? Does life make sense? What is the meaning of birth, human experience, and the final transition from this plane, which we call death?

With the Koran we must realize that the Divine is closer to us even than our physical being. Nothing can be nearer to us than which is the very essence of our own being.

Our external search after Reality culminates in the greatest of all possible discoveries – – Reality is at the center of our own being. Life is from within out.

We must no longer judge according to appearances, but rather, base our judgments on the assumption that the Gaia-Mind dwells within us proclaimed or reflects Itself through us into every act.

I shall speak this Reality into every experience I have.”

[Science of Mind]

Mind is Brahma; for from mind even are verily born these beings–by mind, when born, they live.

-The Upanishads

The Mind, then, is not separated off from God’s essentiality, but is united to it, as light to sun.

-Hermes

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind.

-Emerson

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Grace filled transitions to you, to us all. Ubuntu.

  • Abba
  • Yahweh
  • Baba
  • Spirit of Life
  • Giver of Life
  • Breath of LIfe
  • Muhammad
  • Buddha
  • Jesus
  • Abraham
  • Gaia
  • Wakan Tanka
  • Tara & Lakshmi
  • Whispers

Shirley goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives…

-Psalm 23:6

jai.

Rilke & Nepo

November 4, 2017

Once for each thing. Just once; no more.

And we too, just once. And never again.

But to have been this once, completely,

even if only once: to have been 

at one with the earth,

seems beyond undoing.

Rainer Maria Rilke

I enter every meeting with another being saying to myself, “If I only have this time on Earth with this person, if I may never see them again, when is it I want or need to ask, to know? What is it I want to say?

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The truth is that each living spirit we encounter is a depth to gently swim in, a miracle that can quench our thirst. Honoring others in this way has opened me to wisdoms that would otherwise run silent beneath my time on Earth.

Mark Nepo

 

Borders & Walls

November 2, 2017

‘When closing makes us insular, we tighten and miss the depth of everything. We start to become wall-builders. When fearful, we harden and impose our fear on everything we meet. We start to hammer our amor into place. This is the cost of closing without opening.

But when we can open info what feels real and true, especially after great fear or pain, our heart widens like an inlet and we ready ourselves for grace.

For the most part, walls are useless. It’s meeting the sensations of being alive that cleanses us and shapes us, the way fast current scour the bottom of a river, making the river stronger.

-Mark Nepo

Whispers. ✿

September 2, 2017

     And [Gaia] is able to make all grace abound toward you.

-II Corinthians 9:8

Presence of grace…and stardust.

July 18, 2017

Love, friendship, creativity, pain, and loss are agents of grace, as are surprise, beauty, grief, and wonder.

When the soul expresses itself, we experience enlivened arcs of grace in which we feel the force of life that runs through everything. Anything that moves us to carry our soul out into the world is a catalyst of grace. In this way, love, friendship, creativity, pain, and loss are agents of grace. And while experience wears us down to what’s essential so the soul can stop being encased, it also takes daily effort to let our soul out and an open heart to the let the world in, so we can spark ourselves alive and finally be of use.

Like it or not, we’re opened by the hard, sweet journey of being human, until we’re sparked and work into a gateway for life-force.

The One Life We’re Given, by Mark Nepo 

Anahata.

April 13, 2017

‘…humility is accepting that your head belongs beneath your heart, with your thinking subordinate to your feeling, with your will subordinate to the higher order. This acceptance is key to receiving grace.’

-Mark Nepo

 

Center of love.

January 3, 2017

‘Each person is born with an unencumbered spot – – free of expectation and regret, free of ambition and embarrassment, free of fear and worry – – an umbilical spot of grace were we were each first touched by God. It is this spot of grace that issues peace. Psychologists call this spot the Psyche, theologians call it the Soul, Jung calls it the Seat of the Unconscious, Hindu masters call it Atman, Buddhists call it Dharma, Rilke calls in Inwardness, Sufis call it Qalb, and Jesus calls it the Center of our Love.

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This is a hard lifelong task, for the nature of becoming is a constant filming over of where we begin, while the nature of being is a constant erosion of what is not essential. Each of us lives in the midst of this ongoing tension, growing tarnished or covered over, only to be worn back to that incorruptible spot of grace at our core.

[…]

We call the filming over a deadening of heart, and the process of return, whether brought about through suffering or love, is how we unlearn our way back to God.’

-Mark Nepo

Beautifully brilliant.

September 23, 2015

Frances McDormand speaking to NPR last year before the launch of HBO’s Olive Kitteridge (she won an Emmy for the role Sunday night).
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‘One of the reasons that I am doing press again after 10 years’ absence is because I feel like I need to represent publicly what I’ve chosen to represent privately — which is a woman who is proud and more powerful than I was when I was younger. And I think that I carry that pride and power on my face and in my body. And I want to be a role model for not only younger men and women — and not just in my profession, I’m not talking about my profession. I think that cosmetic enhancements in my profession are just an occupational hazard. But I think, more culturally, I’m interested in starting the conversation about aging gracefully and how, instead of making it a cultural problem, we make it individuals’ problems. I think that ageism is a cultural illness; it’s not a personal illness. Getting older and adjusting to all the things that biologically happen to you is not easy to do, and is a constant struggle and adjustment {…} I want to be revered. I want to be an elder; I want to be an elderess. I have some things to talk about and say and help. And, if I can’t, then — not unlike Olive — I don’t feel necessary.’

NPR-All Things Considered

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http://www.npr.org/2014/10/31/360183633/like-olive-kitteridge-actress-frances-mcdormand-was-tired-of-supporting-roles

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