How much human suffering, mine and others’, comes back to our ambivalence about being here, our uncertainty about committing fully to a human life, to living awake with what is within and around us!
The Call, Discovering Why You are Here
by Oriah Mountain Dreamer
To live in this world
you must be able to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it,
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.
Mary Oliver, from ‘In Blackwater Woods’
What you can plan is too small
for you to live.
David Whyte, from ‘What to Remember When Waking’
And if we are truly not trying to get anywhere, but simply allow ourselves to be here in this moment as it is, we can stumble easily upon an ancient stillness…
Jon Kabat-Zinn, ‘Wherever You Go There You Are’
A community is a well to drink from, a place to nourish our spirits and find the strength we need to ride life’s ups and downs. It’s also a place to discover what we have to give.
Gabrielle Roth, ‘Sweat Your Prayers’
Have you ever felt that if you were to really ‘expand your borders’, God would have to accelerate your already busy life? You are not alone in the assumption. But you should know that God has entirely different ways of enlarging your influence and impact.
Bruce Wilkerson daily calendar based on ‘The Prayer of Jabez’
And now the ‘Prayer of Jabez’ itself, from 1 Chronicles 4:10:
Oh, that You would bless me indeed,
and enlarge my territory,
that Your hand would be with me,
and that You would keep me from evil.
Your soulful post with its stunning photos brings a moving opening to my day this morning. I am reminded of Annie Dillard’s oft quoted “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Thank you, Dee. My day is off to a thoughtful start.
you’re welcome, Ali… it was fun to put together… maybe a weekly post like this would be good…
great idea, a weekly post like this! I’m still musing and re-reading…
the words are sinking in, slowly
wonderful lines and thoughts to live by. Esp. love the Prayer of Jabez which I felt the need for today. Thank you for that.
Hi Ginny, me too, need it. Hope you are good.