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?
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.
Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final.
Rainer Maria Rilke
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.
- Easy Meditation Exercise (happysuburbanchick.wordpress.com)
- living in peace at this moment (justdharmaquotes.wordpress.com)
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
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.
You 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