From Acorn Into Oak Tree …

If you took a blue spruce tree and planted it in the desert, it would obviously perish. How do we forget that we too are living systems, and each of us have unique environments, needs, and conditions within which we flourish or wither?
— Dawna Markova from I Will Not Die an Unlived Life

 

You need not, and in fact cannot, teach an acorn to grow into an oak tree; but when given a chance, its intrinsic potentialities will develop. Similarly, the human individual, given a chance, tends to develop his particular human potentialities….In short, he will grow, substantially undiverted, toward self-realization. Continue reading “From Acorn Into Oak Tree …”

Advent Meditation: What Gives You Life …

There is a force within that gives you life. Seek that.
— Rumi from A Garden Beyond Paradise

If you took a blue spruce tree and planted it in the desert, it would obviously perish. How do we forget that we too are living systems, and each of us have unique environments, needs, and conditions within which we flourish or wither?
— Dawna Markova from I Will Not Die an Unlived Life

The Shimmering Hours

… this journey is not
about miles.
It is not about how far
you can walk
or how fast. Continue reading “Advent Meditation: What Gives You Life …”

I Will Not Die An Unlived Life …

I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance;
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.
—  Dawna Markova from I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion

Be Gentle With Yourself …

If you took a blue spruce tree and planted it in the desert, it would obviously perish. How do we forget that we too are living systems, and each of us have unique environments, needs, and conditions within which we flourish or wither?
— Dawna Markova excerpted from I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion

Self-care is never a selfish act — it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.
— Parker J. Palmer excerpt from Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

Be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
― Max Ehrmann excerpt from “Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life” – The Poems of Max Ehrmann (Classic Reprint)

Living Deep and Wide

Let us swing wide all the doors and windows of our hearts

on their rusty hinges
so we may learn how to open to life.

Let us see the light in the other and honor it
so we may lift one another on our shoulders
and carry each other along.

Let holiness move in us
so we may pay attention to its small voice
and give ourselves to life fully with both hands.
—Dawna Markova from Wide Open: On Living with Purpose and Passion

New Ways of Thinking …

If your purpose is only about you, it has no branches. If it is only about the rest of the world, it has no roots. That is why learning through the wounds in our history, the moments when our essential needs were not met in some very basic ways, are moments that stand still in our memory and moments that hold possibility for you to unfurl your gifts.  Wouldn’t it be a good joke if the worst that has happened to you holds the possibility of bringing the best in you to the community?  We become accustomed to identifying ourselves as nouns – as small, enclosed, exclusive, and local units – artist, friend, mother, victim. We spend so much time close to the canvas, carefully painting tiny dots in a Pointillist painting, that we have forgotten how to step back to get a sense of the whole. Yet is is only from this distance that we can see the overall patterns we have been creating, the verbs we have been living – creating, mothering, befriending – that are the horizons we need to move toward.  May all of your wounds and broken dreams be salved.
— Dawna Markova from Wide Open: On Living with Purpose and Passion

The ability to stand back and calmly observe our inner dramas, without rushing to judgment, is foundational for spiritual seeing. It is the primary form of “dying to the self” that Jesus lived personally and the Buddha taught experientially. The growing consensus is that, whatever you call it, such calm, egoless seeing is invariably characteristic of people at the highest levels of doing and loving in all cultures and religions. They are the ones we call sages or wise women or holy men.
— Richard Rohr from The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See

We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.
— Richard Rohr from Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer