I apologize for my lengthy disappearance. My soul’s been sliding down the curves of a rainbow, unsure of what color suits it best. Between school, work, marriage and my newest endeavor, purchasing a home, I’m all over the spectrum. All I can do is embrace the ride & hope that each new phase of this chaotic life will be just as beautiful as the last.
At 6AM, this moved me. Today I am resilient.
& If All I Can Give is Compassion, Then I’ll Sit Here and Give Every Breath.
Every night my light will shine, through the windows of my heart. I will bow my head in silence and respect the nature of the art.
May heaves of loving kindness travel straight through my soles planted, to the destitute knees of the woeful souls who’ve been slanted.
May it wrap up all guilt, resentments, shame in the warm embrace of our connectedness, all humans the same.
May it find its way through darkness, from afar and back to me. For there are as many breaths as we need to all be compassionate beings.
As I was meditating this evening, playing with mantras and inspiring messages, my mind fell upon the first line of this poem. I enjoyed it so much, I let the idea run free. That line took me through a beautiful little journey from the comfort of my own yoga mat. My compassion has traveled a long way this evening, I encourage you to let yours run wild too! 😉
Let me start off by saying that Tyler Knott Gregson is my absolute favorite artist, so this post will be dripping with bias. I’ve been following his work for at least 7 years now. Keeping up with his daily haikus and stunning photography brings me such joy. Plus, he’s constantly representing charities for incredibly amazing causes, and he’s a Buddhist AND he’s pretty damn gorgeous. Seriously, if I wasn’t already married I’d be moving to Montana to try to meet this man!
On Sunday I went to a Secret Santa gift exchange and was overjoyed to discover that my gift was his 1st book. I read it from cover to cover that same night. Then the next day I reread it, adding post it notes along the way describing all the marvelous emotions that arose with each page. Tyler perfectly described feelings that I’ve never been able to put into words. While reading I smiled a whole lot, and my husband can attest I even cried a little. Within the pages of one book there was hope, resilience, strength, wonder, appreciation, adventure, compassion, wisdom, lust, and life. He made me feel significant in the infinite. I highly recommend the book, or following his instagram page. Finally, I’d like to share one of my favorite poems from this book:
I will love. More. So much love that no one will have any idea what to do with me. They will watch with a confused look and wonder why I give so much and do not ask for more in return. I will give it because giving is getting and there is nothing quite so important as emptying your heart every single day and leaving nothing undone, no declarations of it unsaid.
I will not only stop and smell the flowers, I will plant them myself and watch them grow old with me. I will pull over and dance in every single rainfall, and I will make snow angels even when there is hardly any snow left for the wings.
I will never, ever believe in the words “too late” because it is never too late to be exactly who you wish, do exactly what you should , say exactly what needs to be heard, and live the exact life you should be living.
My photo, but not my beautiful words. Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.