illuminated graces

Vibrantly Alive


“Breathing in, I know that I am alive. Breathing out, I smile to that aliveness.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh


“At its deepest heart, creativity is meant to serve and evoke beauty. When this desire and capacity come, new wells spring up in parched ground; difficulty becomes invitation and rather than striving against the grain of our nature, we fall into rhythm with its deepest urgency and passion.”

—John O’Donohue, “Beauty, the Invisible Embrace”


“May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.”

–John O’Donohue


“The sun is shining – the sun is shining. That is the magic. The flowers are growing – the roots are stirring. That is the magic. Being alive is the Magic – being strong is the Magic. The Magic is in me – the Magic is in me. . . It’s in every one of us.” –

Master Colin from “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett


“The manifestation of the “divine” is, therefore, not a manifestation of any special quality but of radical being, actuality, aliveness, power, love, concern. And all this is manifested historically by the deeds that flow from the commands and missions of the hidden One, who simply “is”.”

—Thomas Merton, “Love and Living”


“Simply and profoundly, the work of love is to love. For in that act, the Universe comes alive. Such aliveness is the space that opens between us, as Martin Buber says, when two bow and touch in a true way.”

—Mark Nepo, The Exquisite Risk: Daring to Live An Authentic Life