What if you bowed before every dandelion you met and wrote love letters to squirrels and pigeons who crossed your path? ~ Christine Valters Paintner
“Because it is gratuitous, beauty points beyond itself, beyond survival to satisfaction. We think of it in opposition to narrowness, scarcity, drudgery, and constraint. We think instead of what is expansive, generous, abundant, connected, and expressive.” ~ Makoto Fujimura, Culture Care
What invites you into the expansive spaces?
Adventure is, according to Webster’s dictionary, “a bold undertaking in which hazards are to be encountered and the issue is staked upon unforeseen events “ or “a remarkable occurrence in one’s personal history, a stirring experience…”
What adventures do you recall? Who nudges you towards adventure? How do you wake up to the adventure of each new day?
…”But the darkness pulls in everything-
shapes and fires, animals and myself,
how easily it gathers them! –
powers and people-
and it is possible a great presence is moving near me.
I have faith in nights.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
How does the night pull you in?
Give us a song to guide our feet
as we’re marching to freedom land.
~ Common Prayer, a liturgy for ordinary radicals
What song guides your feet?
On retreat last week, we watched three bald eagles with their amazing wingspan soaring, gliding and reigning supreme – a mother and her two young ones, their heads still brown.
Soaring like eagles
Gliding above earth and sky
Vision far beyond
How do you capture beauty?