Quiet Yourself

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Quiet yourself.
Reach out with your mind’s skillful hand.
Let it go inside of me
and touch

be shy, dear.
Every aspect of Light we are meant
to know.

The calm hand holds more
than baskets of goods
from the market.

The calm soul knows more
than anything this world
can ever offer.

~ St. John of the Cross (1542-1591)

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Earth Teach Me

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Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.
~An Ute Prayer

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I Cherish Quiet Time

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It finally feels as if I am finding my way to my own life.

In the quietness I now allow myself to take each morning,

I realize that this life is mine . . . finally. It has taken me

a long time to know that and to unearth it from under all

that buried it . . . it is mine and I care deeply about it . . .

I am beginning to understand the meaning of the words

“to cherish.” There is a hush, a sense of waiting . . . as

I watch my life unfold itself to me newly each day and

beckon me onward to its unfoldment.

~ Judith Duerk

(Grateful for permission to use photo by Bibbie Friman Awakening Photographer Facebook)