The delight of not being singular

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Our English language values precision. Words sit in boxes. And we talk about “dotting the ‘i’s and crossing the ‘t’s.” Yet life is not singular, and neither is action discrete. We live on a connected continuum. I do, and I keep on doing – present continuous. And who I am is an expression of being, … Read more

Life is being beautifully formed

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Is it that time already? Clumps of early daffodils stake their claim to the path’s edge, as they always do. Yet I am always surprised by their appearance. And astonished that everything necessary for their flowering is there in the bulb. Just waiting to emerge. SURPRISED BY LIFE Autumn receivesthe yielding.Cradling thesoft tissue oflife, and … Read more

Musing on what it’s all about

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Reflecting, having both the urgency and the opportunity to pause. To ask the bigger questions of life that easily get caught up in surviving. I return to the words that frame who I am and who I want to be: May I live this day Compassionate of heart,Clear in word,Gracious in awareness,Courageous in thought,Generous in … Read more

I am water, where shall I flow?

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I am water,where shall I flow? How often do we see a need and hope that someone else will step in? Someone else will speak up, seeing the issues as clearly as we do. Maybe instead, we could cultivate being water. Flowing to the place where we can make the most difference. Doing what only … Read more

Sometimes, it’s just so simple

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When you’ve been tussling with something for a long time, you wonder if you’ll ever reach the end. And then something happens. A word or comment. An insight. Simply seeing it from another angle. And there it is. The answer is in plain sight. Yet it wasn’t in plain sight. It wasn’t that we’ve been … Read more

Noticing the rhythms we follow

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Rhythms are around us and in us all the time. From our heartbeat to the cycles of the solar system. They all impact our lives, but the ones we pay attention to shape us the most. What rhythms are you attuned to?

Returning to the same place

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One of the privileges of living here in the valley is seeing the familiar through the changing lenses of the seasons. I notice the difference between yesterday’s light snow flurry and the crystal clear winter sunlight a few days ago. Yet we are not always returning to a remembered place, but maybe something stirs in … Read more

Why we don’t celebrate the first pancake

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This phrase – we don’t celebrate the first pancake – was one of the gems from a recent two-part podcast. Brené Brown, Adam Grant and Simon Sinek gathered for an extended conversation without agenda. Simon hosted it for his podcast A Bit of Optimism. It’s a lovely shorthand to remind us that it’s not about … Read more