“Whatever purifies you is the right path.” ~RUMI
Winter walks in below-freezing temperatures can be beautiful and invigorating, but must be respected. I’ve grown up knowing that we need to dress for the weather, not only to keep safe in icy temps but also to be able to walk securely with traction on frozen ground. One simply must have the right footwear and clothing. Stepping out in the winter in my northern climate requires preparation.
Similar to the preparation needed for a safe winter walk on a frozen forest path, we discover and embark on our life path with all our choices. When we decide to improve our lives we can see how changing habits and exploring new hobbies requires preparation, whether it’s deciding to prepare and eat a wider variety of vegetables, or learning how to knit a sweater. We prepare and step up, step into it. We prepare, and then take action and do it.
At this time of year when the freezing temps keep me indoors more than out, I remind myself that the process of taking new paths is as metaphorical as it is literal. As I prepare, I gain courage. As I step out, I gain strength. As I walk forward on my path, I continue to grow into who I am becoming. May we all find the right path, and take it. ~Namaste
“When the path reveals itself, follow it!” ~Cheryl Strayed
Photo by Mihai-ela (found on Pinterest with source)
“I’m grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love – for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.” ~Maya Angelou
“It seems to me that if God were to speak to us, the message would simply be to love each other and offer reverence, rather than enmity, toward all of life.” ~Wayne W. Dyer, The Shift
“Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?” ~Marilyn Monroe
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~A. A. Milne (Christopher Robin to Pooh)
Today is a good day to relax. Let us set aside moments to relish a bit of nourishing solitude.
How about spending time outdoors, reading some uplifting words, and cherishing a long, soothing soak in a tub.
There’s really nothing quite like laying down amidst warm water to help melt away the stresses of life. That’s where I’m headed and I wish that for you as well. Sometimes we just need to unplug.
“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.”
~ Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)
“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”
~ Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle (1948)
“This is what the Sabbath is for: reverence, rest, renewal, rejuvenation, reassuring rituals, recreation, rejoicing, revelation, remembering how much you have to be grateful for, and saying ‘thank you!’ You can do this in a church, mosque, temple or synagogue, on a walk, while antiquing, sitting in bed propped up on pillows reading something wonderful with a breakfast tray, working the crossword puzzle before a roaring fire, attending a marvelous art exhibition or movie matinee, or listening to opera in the kitchen as you sip sherry and prepare a fabulous feast. What matters is that you do something special that speaks to your soul and that you revel in whatever you do. Your activities on the Sabbath should uplift you and provide enough inspiration to sustain you during the week to come.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
“Anybody can observe the Sabbath
but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.”
~ Alice Walker
“When a storm is raging and the waves are tumultuous, it is wise to dive deep down to where the water is calm. If we remain on the surface, we will be tossed and turned. But if, like the whale, we retreat to the quiet depths of our own being, our true home, we will find rest and peace there. Once refreshed, we can resurface. This is the value of meditation. We can weather any storm with greater ease if we allow ourselves to retreat when necessary to the still, vast depths within.” ~Ann Mortifee
Quote is from an amazing, highly recommended book called ‘In Love With The Mystery‘
“The universe has a way of pushing us to go beyond our limits. At first our challenges seem like curses, but in the end we learn to bless them. Challenge is God’s way of getting us to wake up to the fact that we are bigger than we thought we were. God is our best friend because He remembers our potential even when we don’t, and He will not let us slumber in the stupor of limited living.” ~Alan Cohen, Dare to be Yourself
“If you shelter yourself from challenge, your spirit will wither and you will grow weak of will. Your creativity will be reduced to a trickle. You will become bored and wonder what you are doing here. Learn to recognize boredom as a sign that you must escape the shell in which you have become entombed. Let restlessness spur you to reach out and stretch to your next creative adventure.” ~Alan Cohen, Dare to be Yourself, p.304
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” ~Helen Keller, The Open Door (1957)