Simone Campbell – OnBeing

OK, the heart of who I am is the contemplative. And Gerald May, in this amazing book Will and Spirit, says that the only thing that we bring to the contemplative life is a willing heart. And that the two things that shut down the contemplative life are fear and holding on, grasping. And so what I’ve come to realize is that, for me, this journey is about continuing to walk willing towards the hope, the vision, the perspective, the opportunities that are given.

I just loved this podcast from OnBeing of Simone Campbell and How To Be Spiritually Bold.

Denali Art and Inspiration

Oh, a beautiful video (Denali Art and Inspiration) on the Artists-in-Residence in Denali National Park & Preserve. Loved the quote below:

“It is the attempt to paint that brings the richest reward. Recognition of beauty grows with intimacy. You may pass a certain spot a score of times and see nothing til a day comes when you stand aghast at your former blindness.”
-Belmore Browne

Full article here –

The Peace of Wild Things

“The Peace Of Wild Things”
by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.