Monday, July 28, 2014

Let the Right Things In...


By teaching stillness we create moments
for our children to rebalance.
Stillness is a natural response
when we observe nature.
Silence falls upon us,
our breath slows,
our heart opens.
As we enter the frequency of nature,
we experience inner harmony.
These moments of stillness
become the pauses
within our children’s days
that allow them to momentarily reset
and once again find inner balance.
Stillness is a natural response
as we observe nature.
And for this reason,
the easiest and most natural way
to teach stillness
is by taking the time to observe
the natural world around us.
Take a moment
to think of how we find ourselves
completely still and quiet
as we watch a rabbit nibble
on a patch of grass.
As soon as the words,
‘Look over there!’ are uttered
in reference to some fauna or flora,
silence falls upon us.
We stop talking and look.
Not only does our mind become quiet,
but our body becomes still.
Why is this?
Is this simply old programming
that our modern world has not yet erased?
Or is it something deeper?
Have we awakened our primordial spirit
as we find ourselves once again
in tune with
the rhythms of the natural world?
Ardel, K & Wilds, E. R., Teaching Mindfulness to Children & Teens, A Brighter Light in the World, 2011

Monday, July 21, 2014


Osho//8 of Water//Letting Go

In this image of lotus leaves in the early morning, we can see in the rippling of the water that one drop has just fallen. It is a precious moment, and one that is full of poignancy. In surrendering to gravity and slipping off the leaf, the drop loses its previous identity and joins the vastness of the water below. We can imagine that it must have trembled before it fell, just on the edge between the known and the unknowable.

To choose this card is a recognition that something is finished, something is completing. Whatever it is--a job, a relationship, a home you have loved, anything that might have helped you to define who you are--it is time to let go of it, allowing any sadness but not trying to hold on. Something greater is awaiting you, new dimensions are there to be discovered. You are past the point of no return now, and gravity is doing its work. Go with it--it represents liberation.