“Faith means living with uncertainty – feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark.”—Dan Millman
Something about the wildness of this flower really appealed to me. So free. Each hair did not have to be in place. Happy. Beautiful. Radiant. Free to be itself. Having faith.
John O’Donohue says it so eloquently in a “Blessing for a New Beginning”:
The middle stone reminds me about becoming whole. Qualities within myself that I would rather disown, the shards, can be observed, embraced and studied, then transformed. The broken parts are still me. Disowning these parts would be rejecting myself, leaving big holes in me. The broken parts need to be transformed and glued back into myself with love. Well, it is not easy…requires being mindful and looking deeply, having compassion and following the path of transformation.
“The path isn’t a straight line; its a spiral. You continually come back to things you thought you understood and see deeper truths.”
—Barry H. Gillespie
“What is art but life upon the larger scale, the higher. When, graduating up in a spiral line of still expanding and ascending gyres, it pushes toward the intense significance of all things, hungry for the infinite?”
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning
These fluorescent-orange flower like a stop symbol for me
ability to stop what I am doing is an important practice
so when I notice I am off-target, I can stop, make adjustments
stop when the day is done, and not over-do, be in balance
“The path of loving trust means to stop doubting and being discouraged, casting all our worries and cares on the Lord, and to walk in total freedom.”
– Mother Teresa
“…take the opportunity to stop and listen to the sounds of Sacred Unity all around you. In each, there is a drop of the One, and in that drop is the ocean of all divine qualities.”
—Sufi Book of Life, Neil Douglas-Klotz
“Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself know to those who desire her. One who rises early to seek her will have no difficulty, for she will be found sitting at the gate. To fix one’s thought on her is perfect understanding, and one who is vigilant on her account will soon be free from care, because she goes about seeking those worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them in their paths, and meets them in every thought.”
As I watched this turtle, I imagined he was speaking:
“You, O Lord, are my lamp, my God who lightens my darkness. With you I can break through any barrier, with my God I can scale any wall. As for God, his ways are perfect; the word of the Lord, purest gold. He indeed is the shield of all who make him their refuge. For who is God but the Lord? Who is a rock but our God? The God who girds me with strength and makes the path safe before me.”
-Psalm 18: 29-33
“For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock. .”
Reminding me of Psalm 23, that He leads me in paths of righteousness, yet even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for God is with me.
The way is full of genuine sacrifice.
The thickets blocking the path are anything
that keeps you from that, any fear
that you may be broken to bits like a glass bottle.
This road demands courage and stamina,
yet it’s full of footprints! Who ARE
these companions? They are rungs
in your ladder. Use them!
With company you quicken your ascent.
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