the Quiet time…

“Dawn is coming…… I step quietly from my bed, alive to the silences around me. This is the quiet time, the time of innocence and soft thoughts, the childhood of the day. Now is the moment when I must pause and lift my heart – now, before the day fragments and my consciousness shatters into a thousand pieces. For this is the moment when the senses are most alive, when a thought, a touch, a piece of music can shape the spirit and color of the day. But if I am not careful – if I rise, frantic, from my bed, full of small concerns – the mystical flow of the imagination at rest will be broken, the past and the future will rush in to claim my mind, and I will be swept up into life’s petty details and myriad obligations. Gone will be the openness that comes only to the waking heart, and with it, the chance to focus the spirit and consecrate the day. “

We rise to this day in anticipation. It is the first day of the new year in the Christian tradition. It is the first day of Advent.

May it begin with quiet time – time allowing for ‘ the openness that comes only to the waking heart’.


Quote: Kent Nerburn, Small Grace: The Quiet Gifts of Everyday life

Photo: David Kanigan

Heartbreak and Hope

 

Heartbreak and hope are not mutually exclusive.
We can be angry and sad and filled with longing for something we cannot have,
and simultaneously we can be grateful for what we’ve got — aware,
for reasons we’d never choose, of what really matters and what doesn’t.

 


Quote: Lennon Flowers
Photo: Ansgar Scheffold

from Gratefulness.org

to expect the dawn


We learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake,
not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.


Henry David Thoreau
(Photo by Sabri Ismail)

Awakening 

God sleeps in stones, breathes in plants, dreams in animals, and awakens in human beings.


HINDU SAYING
(PHOTO BY LINDA HANNUM)

From Network of Grateful Living