Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Follow your Dreams....

I am reading Patti Digh's book, Life is a Verb: 37 Days to wake up, be mindful, and live intentionally. In this wonderful, inspiring book, is one of my favorite quotes.
"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change." - Buddha
It is one of the things I love so much about photography - taking those close up pictures of nature, and being stunned by it's amazing patterns and intricacies. It brings me closer to that presence of being in the now and appreciating life's miracles.
I mean really, stop for a moment and look around. How the @%#*!!!! did all this happen????
How did this all mind-boggling stuff come about? The human body alone!! stars, the solar system.... flowers, insects, this computer.... and of course we just say.. God. Because it's probably too overwhelming for us... maybe we'd all go crazy :-)
On the next page is another wonderful quote:
"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black curious eyes of a child - our own two eyes.
All is a miracle. - Thich Nhat Hanh
This book, with the premise of if you knew you had 37 left to live your life, what would you do.. It puts things into perspective.
Somethings just aren't worth worrying or getting agitated about. Priorities shift.
Petty arguments dissolve.
Creating art moves to the top of the priority list.
I put more love into my cooking.
Everything... EVERYTHING becomes sacred.
My relationships take on deeper meaning.
I can open my heart more and be more vulnerable, take more risks.
I put these laces in my sneakers. They say follow your dreams as a reminder that each step I take should be one that brings me towards love and peace and happiness.
Journey in that direction.
It is better to believe than to disbelieve;
in so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility.

(Albert Einstein)


Kate Jobe said...

Thank you for the Einstein quote..his wisdom always touches me deeply and these words are a reminder of something I needed to hear...thank you for partnering with Albert to share this message with me :D ...Kate

Stacy Wills said...

i love those laces!!! i want some!

Doe Grozs Art said...

I bought a small spool of ribbon at Michaels...
For Halloween, I changed them to skeletons :-0

Joanne Gover Yoshida said...

What a beautiful post. Fantastic laces, and the idea of putting mindfulness into the shoes you wear.
Just yesterday I was frying some sweet potatoes, the Japanese ones that are purple on the outside with a pale creamy colored almost peach inside. When I laid them out on the paper towels to blot the oil, I just stared at them in wonder, their shapes, their being there. Perhaps all this is the beginning of meditation.

Margaret Ann said...

A beautiful insight...a memorable post...I am so glad I visited you today...you are just what I needed. :)

Elena said...

This post is such a perfect affirmation for me today as I sit here completely overwhelmed by the beauty and perfection that life can be. Its actually beautiful, miraculous and perfect every single moment of every day.