Feeding the Soul’s Longing for Life …

[As] you eat, know that you are feeding more than just a body. You are feeding the soul’s longing for life, its timeless desire to learn the lessons of earthly existence — love and hate, pleasure and pain, fear and faith, illusion and truth — through the vehicle of food. Ultimately, the most important aspect of nutrition is not what to eat, but how our relationship with food can teach us who we are and how we can sustain ourselves at the deepest level of being.
— Marc David (excerpt from A Grateful Heart: 365 Ways to Give Thanks at Mealtime edited by M.J. Ryan)

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