Life is like a mandala

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“Each person’s life is like a mandala—a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life.” ~Pema Chödrön

There are many things in life that we have no control over, but we have more choice about what we focus on and what we spend our time seeing, hearing, and thinking than we often imagine. If these are forming the mandala of our life, we would do well to pay more attention to what we choose to let in. Those choices create our life.

The startling nature of life

baby mountain goat standing on stone wall looking at viewer with head cocked to one side

“To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations.” ~Emily Dickinson

I love that this quote comes from a letter written by a woman who spent much of her life in a single room of her house. And she found that life itself was so startling that it took up her whole focus.

How often do we in our busy world pay enough attention to being alive that we even see just how startling it is to live? How many of us live that life fully enough to see it for the wonder that it is?

I wish you moments of pure aliveness this week to re-discover just how startling and amazing it is to be alive!



Soul calls us to ordinary life

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“Soul calls us to ground ourselves in the blood, sweat, and tears of ordinary life. Rather than rising above these things, it invites us to find life and meaning in the midst of them.” ~David G. Brenner

So many think of spirituality as something that is opposed to ordinary life that causes us to transcend the everyday trials, challenges, and monotony we face. But our soul is not calling us away from ordinary life, but deeper into it.

Soul wants us to enter ordinary life fully and completely so that we find richer life and meaning in the very midst of our everyday, ordinary lives.