If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

Posts tagged ‘acceptance’

Overwhelming Abundance

Hex sign abundance

Hex sign abundance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.  Wayne Dyer

There came into the world an unlimited abundance of everything people need. But people need everything except unlimited abundance.  Karel Capek

Is this overwhelming feeling just an abundance of what I have been asking for?


A Feeling for Words

There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.  Albert Einstein

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.  Buddha

These years of personal writings have taught me a lot about my words…how I use them to justify, manipulate, avoid, and generally muck up opportunities for honest communication. As I write this blog these ideas are never far from my thoughts. It is a constant struggle.

Last night in my writing group my friends urged me to continue working on my story. A story about how a woman learns to reconnect with herself and others through writing practice. Which, of course, is what I’m doing by being a part of this wonderful circle of women.

Beauty and Terror

Let everything happen to you

Beauty and terror

Just keep going

No feeling is final.

                      Rainer Maria Rilkevolcano

Peace Is Every Step

When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.

We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.   Thich Nhat Hahn

Such profound words for the times when I am afraid, too concerned about others’ approval, or think I’m not good enough.  Stop your spinning thoughts, Laura. Breathe. Then…

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.




How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

Practice. Practice. Practice

In the intern seminars I facilitate (beginning teachers seeking alternative certification) we practice applying education research and theory in our classrooms..

In my afterschool classes we practice balancing our uniqueness with respect for others.

Outside as the cold wind and rain assault the tender vegetables, I practice accepting Nature’s way and staying open to how I can help.

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.  Yogi Berra

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.  Anton Chekhov

It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it.  Ramakrishna

Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.  Arnold J. Toynbee

No Time Like the Present

1.  It’s the end of the college semester and there’s a stack of “paperwork” accumulating on this computer

2.  Through the windows of my sunroom where I am now sitting, raised vegetable beds are scattered across the yard catching the sun.

3.  My home insurance company is leaving the state next month and I must find another carrier.

4.  There are fourteen books, purchased from a recent book sale, lined up on my living room coffee table.

I want to ignore #1 and #3 and just go straight to #2 and #4.

museYou need a plan, Laura.

I can pick up the phone to call the insurance agent recommended by a friend.

I can give myself an hour of reading for every hour I spend on grading.

I can finish this post and go pick the last of the sugar snaps and a basketful of spinach…then maybe later today I’ll go get a couple more pepper plants:)

But first, a couple profound quotes…

There exists only the present instant… a Now which always and without end is itself new. There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence.  Meister Eckhart

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Henry David Thoreau

It Is What It Is

I have a hard time with that saying. Me, whose goal in life is to save the world, can hear that as an excuse…but I’m learning. I just need to be more aware of what saving the world means for me.

Last night I attended the local National Haiku Poetry Day celebration. We went around the room reading one haiku after another. Yikes! These people have been writing haiku for forever. They were good! Bouncing off of each other, composing on the spot, pulling things from memory. I felt like Charlie Brown when he brought a rubber ducky for show and tell. Breathe, Laura. And enjoy.

Ah, I was saving the world from my needy, whiny self.

Next week I will work non-stop (or so it will seem) for eight days at Artbreak, the area’s children’s arts festival. In addition to my four afternoons of part-time work. I love this gig and plan on wearing a costume and using big props this year. Therefore, for the next four days I need to be using unscheduled time to get organized.

I’m planning on saving the world from my overwhelmed, last minute self.

Then there the news out of Waco, following the news out of Boston. How can I make peace with all of this?

Write poetry? Be with creative people? Do art with kids? I’ll bring my “best” self and pay attention.

For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations. – Michael J. Fox

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her. – Lao Tzu

Suffering begins to dissolve when we can question the belief or the hope that there’s anywhere to hide.  Pema Chodron

A little hint about my costume for Artbreak

A little hint about my costume for Artbreak

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