The Simple Everyday
By Vicki L. Flaherty
And I See,
in The Simple
* Image courtesy of milewalk.com
“The way that heat allows ice to thaw and irrigate the earth, so our capacity to embody what we know — our quiet need to bring what lives within into accord with how we meet the days — this ancient act of integrity allows Love to show itself as the deepest sort of gravity.” ~Mark Nepo
* photo courtesy of earthobservatory.nasa.gov
By Vicki L. Flaherty
Just as I am
Nothing to hide
Open and vulnerable
Yet confident and strong
Who I am
I wrote this little poem back in 2007 when I had started experimenting with poetry as a form of expression. I’ve been leaning into this intention ever since. Seems every day provides reminders that this is what I want and invitations to make choices that align with it.
*image courtesy of http://www.lulyb.com – I just love how ‘googling’ for graphics to accompany my message sometimes takes me to place that inspire me – visit Luly B’s site for more inspiration on being who you are
“If you can’t see what you are looking for, see what’s there.” ~Mark Nepo
* photo courtesy of zenfolio.com by Hector and Marisa Bird
Today is for being alive, feeling alive, living…and so I am here looking inside for what I have to express…
“Creative work is the fullest human expression of being alive…
The primary task of human beings is to creatively work
at making our lives a remarkable thing of beauty.’
~Earnie Larson & Carol Larsen Hegarty, Day of Healing, Day of Joy
* Photo credit:
“Life is a canvas, you are the brush, and all the colors lay before you. Paint your portrait.” – Chris Mott – Find Your Sprinkles – http://www.mottivation.com.
courtesy of ben.biomimicry.net
I picked up a bookmark at the Prairiewoods Retreat Center about 10 days ago when I attended a Wellfinity retreat for women. The bookmark holds my place in the current inspirational book I’m reading (The Book of Awakening: Having the LIfe You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have by Mark Nepo). The name on the bookmark is Advice from a Prairie, and it was created by Your True Nature – Set it free!
My top 3 favorite 3 messages printed on it are:
- Stay open
- Give yourself space
- Be natural
Other Advice from a Prairie includes: explore new horizons, keep a sunny outlook, be patient through dry spells, and listen to the wind.
Visit YourTrueNature.com for more great advice from nature!
Read more about my experience at the retreat: Positively Affirming
I recently started reading a new daily book of inspirations by Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening: Having the Life YouWant by Being Present to the Life You Have. The April 3 entry includes this delicious quote that really resonated for me:
“It remains important to reach out and to express oneself, but underneath that is the need to be porous and real. Through the opened heart, the world comes rushing in, the way oceans fill the smallest hole along the shore. It is the quietest sort of miracle: by simply being who we are, the world will come and fill us, to cleanse us, to baptize us, again and again.” ~Mark Nepo
* I took this photo in San Agustinillo, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2014
courtesy of finneranfitness.com
Ah…the feeling of satisfaction that comes from following through on a commitment.
I didn’t think I would do it. Turned out to be snowy here in NY today. So I wrote off going for a run.
My recent resolution to run a modest 1-3 miles at least 3 times a week got me asking myself – Not even a mile? Just 10 minutes? It’ll feel good to get up and move…
And with that, I put on my gear and headed out the door.
It felt great to be honoring the commitment I made to me!