This week, I want to point you to the sky. Has it become more beautiful to you during this time?
Yesterday, I had a chance to lie down on the grass at a park (in Vietnam, we just unlocked down).
It was mostly filled with dark clouds before the rain, not the typical beautiful sky you'd find on wallpapers. Yet I was so moved by its vastness of the sky itself. It touched on something so deep within. Indeed, for the first time, I appreciated the sky not for the cloud nor the sun nor the color. Just the vastness of it.
I teared up, filled with love. That vastness is always here, always within us.
I'm reminded by a few lines in David Whyte's poem, The Journey [...]
Sometimes it takes
a great sky
to find that
first, bright and indescribable
wedge of freedom
in your own heart.
the bones of the black
sticks left when the fire
has gone out
someone has written
in the ashes of your life.
You are not leaving.
Even as the light fades quickly now,
you are arriving.
Here is a contemplation for us this week: Look at the sky this week outside sometimes. If you could find a clear view, notice its vastness. Could you notice the vastness simultaneously occurring inside?
it takes one to know one. You are that vast, especially in this time. This, now.
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A beautiful 9 mins sharing of Tami Simon, whom I am a big fan of. Listen to the genuine of her speech, especially the last 3 minutes. It's so powerful. As much as I love to think, I am learning to surrender to this wisdom even ore.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” - Anonymous
Somehow this landed on me this week. Do you feel like you need courage right now? Go to the place of heart.
"Yes opens up possibilities, no improves quality. If you say yes to the wrong things, the quality goes down. If you say no to the wrong things, then your project can’t realise its full potential." - Charles Davies in this insightful post.
Especially a good reminder for us to see both Yes and No in perspective rather than following the self-help "say Yes to everything" and blaming ourselves for saying no.
“I wanted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self. Why was that so very difficult?” - Hermann Hesse, opening line in the novel Damien, which by the way is one of the most popular foreign novels in Korea.
A poem as a reminder for this time to look up, look around, simply to look.
To See Together The morning asked today
If I will still remember her
After the virus is gone.
The sparrows’ chirps
Whose audience I’ve served
Expressed the same concern.
Eyes that meet six feet
Apart on late day walks
Seem to ask that too.
So I check the Latin roots
for Covid: Co means together
Vid - to see.
Written by Scott Scherer