Inspiration – Cultivating Joy

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“This is the path we take in cultivating joy: learning not to armor our basic goodness, learning to appreciate what we have. Most of the time we don’t do this.
Rather than appreciate where we are, we continually struggle to nurture our dissatisfaction. It’s like trying to get flowers to grow by pouring cement on the garden.”

~ Pema Chodron taken from “The Places That Scare You”

Do you find yourself thinking about the things that aren’t going the way you want and complaining about circumstances, other people … yourself?

Next time you catch yourself resisting or resenting, imagine that you are pouring cement on your garden. Take a deep breath and appreciate simply being here and being alive. 

Open your heart
And put away the cement mixer.
Feel the load lighten.
Let this nurturing space
Bring joy and loving kindness
To nourish every part of you.

Spring will come again

Let the world keep turning.


Kindling the Inner Fire

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should be all thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”

Albert Schweitzer

kindling candle flame

Accept that there will be low times

Yet we can rekindle inspiration

Spark off each other

Bring fresh awareness of our inner fire

And fan the flames together

Coming together to kindle each other’s spirit

Is simply wonderful.

Thank you 🕯

* Love this Time of Year in my Garden!

This is such a special time of year.

Spring has brought new growth, and this year an abundance of roses in our garden.
I love this composition next to where we eat on the patio. The yellow corydilis has only survived in the walls over winter.
The metal rabbit is still there sitting quietly… Oblivious to the metal dog a few feet behind it.
Hostas are trying to get in on the action. Their time will be coming soon, after the day lilies have given us their lovely show of sunshine.

Yes. I do love this time of year to pause and be grateful for all that grows and flourishes around me 🙂

Guess where I will be this weekend ….

I hope you also find a special place to pause, unwind and connect to what you love 🙂