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Windows to Wisdom – 2015

January 1, 2015

 

 

 

words of wisdom for aging women

 

I wrote a version of this a year ago. As I looked back over it, I could see where it needed some fine tuning. The longer I live, the simpler things become. Truth always seems to remain the same. It is universal. It is very personal, yet very impersonal. I suspect next year there will be more fine tuning to do, but in the meantime this version of my Windows to Wisdom is offered to you as food for thought, a tool if you will for grappling with your own thoughts on what wisdom means to you. I always appreciate your thoughts and feedback. What rings true for you? What does not? What is missing?

May you find a deeper shade of wisdom in 2015.

Happy New Year!

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My Cup Runneth Over – New Year’s Eve 2014

December 31, 2014

cup runneth overAnother year has come and gone, and what a glorious year of learning and growth it has been! Getting older is not the torture I assumed it would be as I began my journey into awareness at mid-life. I know there will be difficulties ahead, as there have been behind, and I would be fooling myself if I did not admit that sometimes they terrify me.  I’ve slowly developed a trust, however, in the resilience of the creative spirit that lives in each and every one of us, even and perhaps especially as our human body disintegrates.

Although I have never been able to pin down, in black and white, or in sufficient detail to satisfy my monkey mind, the purpose and full nature of the Source without Source, I will never deny that each and every one of us has value and purpose far beyond our wild imaginings….a value and purpose that is ours for the asking, ours for the embracing, ours for the learning from, ours for the growing into, ours for the benefit of life itself. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that when we tune into the source of our creative spirit, whatever that may be, and choose to embrace it, there is nothing but good that can come from it. This belief sustains me.

When I stare into the eyes of death, I come more and more to a place where, on good days, I find I can simply accept its ultimate visit to me as a mystery to be experienced, not feared, and embraced for what it has to teach me. I suspect I will learn much about the value of letting go as I approach it.  It will come and when it does either all of my questions will be answered or it will simply be the end and that will be that.

In the meantime, I have today. You have today. This moment. Here. Now. In whatever capacity we are able to embrace it, embrace it we must.  It offers limitless opportunities to learn and grow in wisdom and awareness of what is truly important. As we slowly, but steadily remove the shackles of denial from our minds and the film of an ego-centered lifestyle from our internal vision we can develop a greater capacity for unconditional love, both for ourselves and for others.

As we step into and live from a place of wisdom, truth and unconditional love we will be filled to overflowing with all good things. Like an overflowing cup, an image my sweet friend Jill reminded me of just the other day, it will spill out into the world. It is an image that speaks to me, one that I will be taking with me into the new year as a guiding symbol and an ever-present reminder to dwell in love.

What image will you carry with you on your journey this year?

 

You Have the Power

December 8, 2014

You have the power. What are you going to do with it?

We are each given a life. We are given an abundance of gifts and talents and a well of energy upon which to draw.  We have had at least a half of a lifetime to learn and mature and use what we have been given. Have we chosen wisely? Have we spent our resources wisely? Yes or no, the answer doesn’t matter, it’s the lesson we hold within us today to help us make our choices today. What we do with what we have today, is all that matters.

How Long Does It Take A Wound to Heal

December 3, 2014

The Sweet Seat of Serenity

November 25, 2014

A little serenity — something we could all use a little more of, particularly during the holiday season. Hope you enjoy Laurie’s lovely blog post.

Tuesdays with Laurie

Located less than a half mile from our door, I’ve come to think of this bench as my serenity bench. A peaceful location to lift lids and check the progress on various pots simmering on the back burner of my mind.

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In front, the Boise River moves languidly, dotted every now and again with Canadian geese and mallard ducks. Behind, I hear the chick-chick sound of birds and squirrels rustling for food; nature’s addition to the hushed steps of walkers on the Greenbelt — a peaceful serenade.

This serenity bench is my go-to place for plunging into some of the deeper pools of thought, and letting go of perceived control — allowing myself to be breathed by that which is greater than I.

Where is your“serenity bench?”

© Laurie Buchanan

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