Imprints on a Day – November 18, 2015

On the Reading Table

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo

 

Ambient Noise

NPR’s Morning Edition

The space heater

 

Contemplation

In the November 18 entry in Mark Nepo’s powerful The Book of Awakening, he offers this instruction:

     Center yourself and bring to mind a time you felt the need to be accepted.

And upon doing that, my response was “every day of my life!”  It brought to mind how much of our energy is devoted to seeking and finding acceptance, belonging, being-wanted-ness.  More for some of us than others, of course.  But no matter…there it is, integral to our experience of life.  The magic lies in finding that acceptance and belonging for our whole selves, not just the parts of us we believe are appropriate for public display, or most desirable for this person or that, or that best support our vision of self, however accurate or healthy that vision may be.

Isn’t that authenticity?  The release from expectations of perfection and an embracing of our whole selves?   It’s my goal…and my struggle…and my goal.

 

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Imprints on a Day – November 14, 2015

On the Reading Table

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

 

Ambient Noise

MSNBC

 

Contemplation

As I prayed this morning, all I could come up with was, “Oh God, our world. Our world.” I am so grateful for all of the goodness and beauty that we see in our world, even in the days and weeks that it seems like hate and ugliness are so strong.

I stand with love. I will continue to stand with love…for Paris, for the girl who uses a blanket because she has no coat, for the trafficked person with very little hope, for the family and friends who have lost a young man too soon, for all of us. My heart is heavy, but I stand with love.