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when feeling stuck

By 2/24/2015

a mediation that popped up at just the right time last week from the book of awakening by mark nepo (i've told you about this - it means a lot to me - get it), and it resonated so deeply i feel compelled to share it.  for me, it speaks to my issues with passing judgment, handling competition and letting myself get caught up in negativity.  if you're part of this wide world of internets, i imagine you experience similar shortcomings.

when feeling stuck

the same stream of life
that runs through the world
runs through my veins.
––rabindranath tagore


we are so achievement-oriented that we often surge right by the true value of relating to what's before us, because we think that accomplishing things will complete us, when it is experiencing life that will.

yet, if we can outlast the urge to judge everything we encounter, a miracle starts to surround us in which painting, music, poetry, running water, flowers, wind through trees, opens vistas––all touch and draw out their counterpart that lives quietly within us.

the ninenteenth-century poet gerard manley hopkins called this inner terrain "inscape".  and just as no landscape can flourish without sun and water, our inscape must be irrigated and drenched with many forms of life if we are to thrive.

so, when feeling stuck or disconnected from the miracle of life, as will happen to all of us, try to listen, see, feel, and just take in.  try to let the energies of life stir their counterparts within you.

in order to be whole, suspend your criticism.  for life is not a matter of taste, but of awakening, not a matter of finding things pleasing or disturbing, but of finding things completing, not a matter of liking or disliking, but of opening the geography of one's soul.  

28 comments

  1. Thanks for this - I needed it today :)

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  2. a terrific meditation and reflection. thank you for this message of goodness!
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  3. I loved this. I am in such s bad place and it was very helpful. Thanks J.

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  4. Appreciating your thoughts today!We can't have it all, but if we open our eyes and minds and hearts we sure can have enough to be overflowing with life. Jenn at East Meets South

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    Welcome to my blog :)

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  6. Great post! It came at the right time. Thank you.

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  7. love it!!! thank you. hope you are doing well in the snow. I am headed to chapel hill on sat!!! hope to go to a duke lax game on sunday. we shall see. . .

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  8. Thank-you. Your reflections gave me a feeling of hope and peace.

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  9. A few words into your beautiful post, I was thrilled to realize you had just answered a question I've had for the last couple of weeks. I once had a book on my shelves that I later gave away, and here recently was wishing I'd kept. Couldn't think of the title OR the author--but the name Mark Nepo leapt off the page of your blog post and I knew I had my man. It didn't take but a few seconds to find the title (The Exquisite Risk). Thanks so much for helping me find my answer, as well as for your beautiful words.

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  10. Posting a second comment--or a continuation of the first. Just re-read your blog post and realized that just last night I was wondering how much my life would change if I just stayed in the moment and suspended judgement--not just of other people and different situations but of myself. Also, the tag on my teabag last night said, "Listen, learn, practice." All in all, it obviously was no accident I went to your blog today. Thanks again.

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  11. This post is worth bookmarking for ever. Amazingly written. So crisp and so precise. Very true that the achievement crazy world loses a bit of soul every moment. every moment.

    amazing. I liked the post so much.

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  12. This post is worth bookmarking for ever. Amazingly written. So crisp and so precise. Very true that the achievement crazy world loses a bit of soul every moment. every moment.

    amazing. I liked the post so much.

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  13. So nice. I bought the book because you recommended it before and I've really enjoyed it. xx

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  14. A wonderful wonderful quote from Tagore and perfect teaching in the rest of your post - thank you for sharing it. Such words are always helpful, and seem personally apt for any one of us reading it on any given day :)

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  15. Oh, thank you for the portion of inspiring! It's important for me today. Literature exam ahead!

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