Category Archives: spirituality

Remembering to welcome them all

A short one today.

As I travel, I’m so very aware that every hour, everything I see, every touch, every step, every person sharing with me, everyone who makes sound, every car going by, every doorway….

….are the most magnificent collection of life on earth.

Whether something brings a moment of joy, laughter, worry, irritation.

Magnificent.

Who would we be without our stressful stories, that some incidents and situations should be banished, and others should stick around longer?

Yes, who would we be.

The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
 
– Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

Much love,

Grace

Don’t make lists or be careful…the golden plant is here shooting out of your eyes

I wrote part of this below a year ago. How perfect, given I’m traveling now….and wondering what each day will be like, and where we’ll be sleeping: It’s funny how sometimes the mind will activate and start flashing pictures before your eyes of why NOT to do something new, go someplace different, travel, explore, move,… Continue Reading

All this “work” is too much work

Still 6 spots for Breitenbush Retreat in luscious Oregon June 21-25 where you truly, deeply unplug and cleanse. Cleanse physically with spectacular vegetarian organic meals, dark quiet nights of rest, the old growth forest air, mineral springs for soaking. And…the mental cleansing: The Work of Byron Katie. Question your thinking, declare peace. To read about… Continue Reading

Shame & Guilt: looking closely instead of trying to rip them out

First Friday Inquiry Jam is tomorrow! 7:45-9:00 am Pacific Time. It’s for everyone, it’s free (donation if it feels right). You can listen-only through the Broadcast, or dial-in with phone or WebCall and have the opportunity to do The Work. We’ll start with me guiding you through filling out a Judge Your Neighbor worksheet. Your sharing… Continue Reading

Are you waiting for better thoughts?

Argggh. Isn’t this plane going to take off soon? Late, late. This sucks. I’m so tired. That’s all I needed was another hour added to this already-long flight. So annoying. What kinds of thoughts enter your mind if you’re waiting? Yes, ANY kind of waiting. Waiting for a phone call. Waiting to hear about the… Continue Reading

It ain’t over, til it’s over.

The Work of Byron Katie is known as a powerful stress-reducing method of changing one’s mindset. It can alter your entire perspective of a very painful situation. I find, my internal world is completely different when I think about Before The Work and After The Work. But what about severe physical harm? Or car accidents?… Continue Reading

Freedom from your ideas, nothing is impossible (stress-free Resolutions)

A client said to me yesterday, rolling her eyes…. ….”this time of year, everyone’s assessing and thinking about their goals and year-end reflections and resolutions. Ugh.” I could tell she was irritated at some of the ideas in her mind. Goals. What does the word conjure in your mind? Many of us have completely thrown… Continue Reading

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