Unlooked for

The classic sign of our acceptance of God’s mystery is welcoming and making room for the stranger, the other, the surprising, the unlooked for and unwanted.

It means learning to read the world better, that we may better know our place in it

Kathleen Norris, Dakota, A Spiritual Geography

Dance

Our physical space may be more restricted, but our hearts can still dance

May my ashes, when you have them, friend,

and give them to the ocean

leap in the froth of the waves,

still loving the moment,

still ready, beyond all else,

to dance for the world.

Mary Oliver, Prayer

The angels will sing

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength

August Wilson,  1945 – 2005, American Pulitzer Prize winning playwright

One breath at a time

You deal with your shit in Zen by sitting with it. By breathing right into it. You don’t try and ignore it with pleasant thoughts or lofty ideas, and you don’t try and bury it with solutions.

You deal with it, you work with it, one breath at a time.

Gento Steve Krieger, Head monk Rinzai-ji Zen Center, Los Angeles,  Growing Ground