“…growing up in front of you…

She is turning into herself in these little ways.  She is like stepping into the garden every day, when you know something is new, different from the day before.  That’s how children are, growing up in front of you the way they do.  Sometimes its a barely noticeable thing, like a stem that’s slightly taller.  Sometimes it’s a blossom that’s burst forth, obvious as a Vegas showgirl. WOW, you think. I’d better not miss a day. I’d better be here.

(Elizabeth Berg ~ Range of Motion)

In the blink of an eye..

2003

2011

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Light the Sky

 

“Even
After
All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,

You owe me.

Look
What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.”

~Hafiz

Patterns and Circles

My Zen thought of the day:

10. Change

Life repeats itself mindlessly – unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel. That’s why Buddhists call it the wheel of life and death, the wheel of time. It moves like a wheel:

  • birth is followed by death, death is followed by birth;
  • love is followed by hate, hate is followed by love;
  • success is followed by failure, failure is followed by success.

Just see! If you can watch just for a few days, you will see a pattern emerging, a wheel pattern. One day, a fine morning, you are feeling so good and so happy, and another day you are so dull, so dead that you start thinking of committing suicide. And just the other day you were so full of life, so blissful that you were feeling thankful to God, that you were in a mood of deep gratefulness, and today there is great complaint and you don’t see the point why one should go on living…. And it goes on and on, but you don’t see the pattern. Once you see the pattern, you can get out of it.

Osho Take it Easy, Volume 1 Chapter 7

The symbol in this card is an enormous wheel representing time, fate, karma. Galaxies spin around this constantly moving circle, and the twelve signs of the zodiac appear on its circumference. .. closer to the center are the four directions, each illuminated by the energy of lightning. The spinning triangle is at this moment pointed upward, toward the Divine, and the Chinese symbol of Yin and Yang, male and female, creative and receptive, lies at the center.

It has often been said that the only unchanging thing in the world is change itself. Life is continuously changing, evolving, dying and being reborn. All opposites play a part in this vast circular pattern. If you cling to the edge of the wheel you can get dizzy! Move toward the center of the cyclone and relax, knowing that this too will pass.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve wondered why doing the exact same thing on any given day gives such vastly different results, with no discernible difference in the things I do! Why it is that some days I just wake up and am in love with life! And like a person who is in love, I find beauty everywhere – joy in the most mundane things – gratitude for everyone and everything that is part of my world!  And upon waking the next day, I have to push myself to move through the day – gurumping and hurumping about everyone and everything  and wishing the day would hurry up and end! Go to sleep and see what tomorrow will bring…alchemy

But when I realize its just a repeating pattern and has always been one since I first drew breath, then I realize that however it is that I feel today, it will be different tomorrow – the good, the bad, and the ugly. As long as my heart is beating and I’m breathing in and out, it will change. “This too shall pass” becomes a comfort on a darker day or a catalyst for being more aware of the transient nature of even the best of moods and feelings.

I know. It seems like a “Well, duh!” sort of thing, but reading that Osho Thought of the Day reminds me. Reassures me that there is a rhythm to this life and once I find the rhythm, I can dance my way through. 🙂

Peace,

~me

Dancing on Through

Michele showing c.a. how to FLY

dance

“You will find meaning in life only if you create it.

It is not lying there somewhere behind the bushes, so you can go and you search a little bit and find it.

It is not there like a rock that you will find.

It is a poetry to be composed,

it is a song to be sung,

it is a dance to be danced.”

– Osho

When you stumble… make it part of the dance.

~Author Unknown
But Very Much Appreciated!

LoVe

Love knows no virtue, no merit; it loves and forgives and tolerates everything because it must. We are not guided by reason, nor do the assets or blemishes that we discover tempt us to devotion or intimidate us. It is a sweet, mournful, mysterious power that drives us, and we stop thinking, feeling, wishing, we let ourselves drift along and never ask where we are drifting.

— Leopold von Sacher-Masoch Venus in Furs
Translated by Joachim Neugroschel

Beauty in the Blemishes

Quote of the Day

perceptions

“ There are millions of people out there, that in the end, it all comes down to one.

I still panic sometimes, forget to breath,

but I know now that I know there’s something beautiful in all my imperfections,

a beauty which he held up for me to see,

a strength that can never be taken away. ”

~Kirsten Dunst, Crazy/Beautiful

Time IS On My Side

“Time is on my side…yes it is!”

So croons Mick Jagger, who at turned 65 this past July. 65! He’s still proving it true as the leader of the Rolling Stones for over 40 years, releasing 5 solo albums, the latest of which was this time last year!

Why am I singing this in my head and telling you about Mick Jagger?

I was reading through some blogs (note: “catching up” is more appropriate!) and one of them was talking about beating the odds. As in thinking outside the limitating box doubts and fears build around you. Around me too.

Did you know that Grandma Moses began

painting in her nineties?

Or that Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Chaucer

was the work of the poet’s declining years?

“Dream Big and Dare to Fail”

Or how about Norman Vaughan?

An adventurer and explorer, living a lifetime of defying the odds. In 2004, just three days shy of his 89th birthday, Norman fulfilled a lifelong dream. He climbed his namesake, Mount Vaughan, a 10,302′ Antarctic peak.

At almost 89!

“Dream Big and Dare to Fail”

It’s his motto, on his business cards, and his life reflects that (obviously!)

The common thread is not fearing age, but fearing a life half-lived. Out of fear.

Seems to me that if something seems impossible, maybe the way to start … is to just start. Use what you got, share it with other people, and it grows in leaps and bounds. AND life takes you in directions you can’t have even imagined!

Say you like to take pictures. Carry a camera with you. Take pictures whenever possible. Read tutorials and articles about how to improve your pictures. Take workshops and classes. Join clubs and groups in your area. This puts you in contact with other people who share the same passion. Ask for input. Try to imitate techniques you like. Enlist like-minded people and go shoot pictures togeather. Take classes. Ask questions. Try what you learn and if it doesn’t work out like you’d hoped for, TRY AGAIN!

Life and the pursuit of happiness is not meant to be perfect! I’ve heard so many people around me say that its “too late” to go back to school or work… or they claim to be “too old” to try something new or pick up something they quit doing years ago. What are they really afraid of? Better said, what’s the worst that can happen from TRYING?

Time is on my side when I’m using it and not wasting it, waiting for something to come to me. Doing what I love or growing a passion into being doesn’t happen just because I want it to. I have to suit up and show up. I have to be willing to make mistakes if I’m to learn anything at all. I have to remain open.

But most of all I have to DO. SOMETHING. ANYTHING.

What are some dreams or passions that you’d like to pursue, if only?