Time

“Meister Eckhart said, ‘So many people come to me asking how I should pray, how I should think, what I should do. And the whole time, they neglect the most important question, which is, how should I be?’ And I think when you slow it down, then you find your rhythm. And when you come into rhythm, then you come into a different kind of time.” – John O’Donohue

How is your being?

Essence

“As autumn gave way to winter, those bare limbs, stretched black against the sky, revealed the essence of trees and the way that death can open us to the essence of life. I was able to see the trees in a different way and came to appreciate the beauty of sparseness.” Christine Valters Paintner, The Soul’s Slow Ripening

How do you appreciate beauty in sparseness?

Autumn beauty

“I think it makes a huge difference, when you wake in the morning and come out of your house, … whether you are emerging out into a landscape that is just as much, if not more, alive as you, but in a totally different form, and if you go towards it with an open heart and a real, watchful reverence, that you will be absolutely amazed at what it will reveal to you.” John O’Donohue

What is the landscape of this season revealing to you?

Hope is the thing with feathers

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me. Emily Dickinson

What form or shape does hope take for you?

Pulled between

I stand at the doorway,
feel the pull between
inside burrowed under blankets,
fire glow and candles,

and stepping out under stars

Christine Valters Paintner, “A Door Opens”

What pulls you?