Ripples #839: Slow Blossoming.
June 22, 2015
The simple rose,
at each moment of its slow blossoming,
is as open as it can be.
—Mark Nepo, shared by Pat in Cincinnati, OH
Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t). -James Baraz, shared by Pete in Sedona, AZ
My heart is a bit heavy today as I ponder events in South Carolina AND attempt to support a few friends who face intense personal challenges. I strive to help those who are hurting regain a sense of hope AND minimize their pain. While this is a worthy quest, it is useful to keep in mind two axioms of being human: restoring hope is a process that doesn’t happen overnight; and feeling pain is an inevitable and even essential part of growth because pain requires us to focus resources, to pay attention, to take care.
Instead of giving advice and applying bandaids, keep in mind that we are sometimes more valuable as helpers when we can become attentive listeners and helpful witnesses, letting those around us acknowledge their pain and speak their truth. I hope that all of you, no matter how slowly and no matter how gradually, are able to dig deep and find the courage and strength to mindfully unfurl your awareness and your unique beauty. The world needs you. I know this because, well…you’re here.
The Ripples Guy
P.S. I am in the process of crafting several future issues of Ripples so you all can receive weekly splashes while I’m away on an extended retreat next month. It would be SO helpful if you took some time to seek out a couple of really fresh, really inspirational quotes that you think would be ideal for Ripples and submit them online. Thanks so much!