Breaking Open the Heart

“The heart that breaks open can hold the whole universe. Your heart is that large. Trust it. Keep breathing.”  –Joanna Macy
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“Peace is not something you must hope for in the future.
It is a deepening of the present,
and unless you look for it in the present,
you will never find it.”
~Thomas Merton
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“To stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge — that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic — this is the spiritual path.”
~Pema Chödrön
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“Note to self today:
Do not feed the monsters.
Monsters are those thought threads that denigrate and disrespect self and others.
Some are wandering thought forms, looking for a place to land and live.
Some are sent to you deliberately or inadvertently. They can come from arrows or gossip, jealousy or envy. Or from just…thoughtlessness.
Instead, have a party.
Invite your helpers to the table. Give them something to do. They want to be helpful. And just celebrate.
Feed the birds.

Second note: A positive mind makes a light slippery surface and anything not of it, slides off.” –Joy Harjo


Gratitude List:
1.  The open schedule of summer
2. The way an idea builds until it has to be born
3. Cool spaces on hot days
4. Naps in the recliner
5. Harvest days and the Goldfinch Farm crew

May we walk in Beauty!

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