quote du jour ~rowling

We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.

~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

quote du jour ~nepo – kindness itself…

Kindness itself is a way of life. There will always be those who wait for others to lift the heavy load, those who count on you or me to make the extra effort. Do not begrudge them. For though they suffer, they have not suffered enough. They cause themselves more harm than they know. When you lend a hand, you open a way for your heart to touch the heart of everything. This is a wealth that only grows. While those we help may leave or die or simply grow into their own beauty and be loved by others, the closeness uncovered by kindness turns to light in the body, until the closeness generated by kindness makes a lamp of the heart.

~Mark Nepo, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred

pathwriter’s note: I highly recommend this (or any other) book by Mark Nepo. He has been a constant spiritual companion/teacher for me for the past four or five years.

quote du jour ~eckhart

There is no such thing as “my” bread. All bread is ours and is given to me, to others through me, and to me through others. For not only bread but all things necessary for sustenance in this life are given on loan to us with others, and because of others and for others and to others through us.

~Meister Eckhart

sweeping, hiding, shutting

Some days, just getting through the day is like slogging through molasses. Sometimes, even when you can list a thousand things for which you are immensely grateful, and point to many things that are going well, the wet blanket of all-that’s-wrong/all-that’s-lacking/all-that-could-go-wrong covers everything, even the good stuff, in a heavy, grey, cloudy mass. Eventually, you reach a point where trying to throw off the blanket seems like so. much. work.

How do you get out of those periods? How do you scrabble your way up through the murk to the light again? I don’t think there’s one way that’s right for everyone. However, I do think there is a truth inherent in such periods of darkness. This truth is that, just as the body signals disease with physical symptoms, these periods of dark discomfort let us know there is something that needs our attention, something that needs to be looked at more closely, something that we’ve been sweeping under the rug, hiding behind the door, shutting away in a closet.

This is where I’ve been in recent months. First, I swept because I was busy. Then I hid because I was exhausted and not ready to look. Then I shut because it had become too painful. Continue reading

quote du jour ~woodward

I have learned that the path is not a physical one and there is no map to find it; rather, it is an idea that dwells in each of us, waiting to be awakened.

~Forest Woodward

quote du jour ~gaiman

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art—write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

~Neil Gaiman

 

shine your light

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the holidays we celebrate at this time of year—Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas—all have light as a central theme. With the Solstice (December 21st in the Northern Hemisphere), the ancients celebrated the return of the light. From that day on, the dark winter days would gradually lengthen, bringing spring to the earth once again. Hannukkah celebrates an event in Jewish history during which the lamp oil that was only supposed to last for one day burned instead for eight days. Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, the “Light of the World.” They’re all about hope, about the light dispelling the darkness.

I think the message these holidays can bring us is that, even in the darkness, we need to remember the light. Especially in times of darkness, we need to remember that there is light. For every act of hatred, there is an act of lovingkindness. For every tortured, angry, dark soul, there is another soul shining his or her light on the world. And we need to remember, in the midst of the darkness, that we can choose the light.

Blessings to all of you out there who take the time to read this blog. I like to think of you as pinpoints of light scattered across the globe—in 150 countries, from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe. The image comforts me and warms my heart.

So the next time you’re tempted to think, “I’m only one person. What can I do?”…remember that your light joined with the light of all the others like you (and there are others like you) can set the world ablaze with light.

In this season of celebrating the triumph of light over darkness, please, shine your light, whatever that means to you. It doesn’t need to be a grand gesture. Just listen to your heart. You’ll know.

As I like to say, “Merry Happy!” Wherever you are, I wish you a beautiful, peaceful, light-filled season and send my light across the miles to join with yours.

~Viki/pathwriter