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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Thresholds - John O'Donohue and Rumi...

“Like Spring secretly at work within the heart of Winter,
below the surface of our lives
huge changes are in fermentation.
We never suspect a thing.
Then when the grip of some
long-enduring winter mentality
begins to loosen,
we find ourselves
vulnerable
to
a
flourish
of
possibility

and we are suddenly negotiating
the challenges
of
a threshold…


At any time you can ask yourself:
At which threshold am I now standing?
At this time in my life, what am I leaving?
Where am I about to enter?


A threshold is not a simple boundary;
it is a frontier
that divides two different territories,
rhythms, and atmospheres.

Indeed, it is a lovely testimony
to the fullness and integrity
of an experience or a stage of life
that it intensifies toward the end
into a real frontier
that cannot be crossed
without
the heart being passionately
engaged
and
woken up.


At this threshold
a great complexity of emotion
comes alive:
confusion,
fear,
excitement,
sadness,
hope.

This is one of the reasons
such vital crossings
were always clothed in ritual.


It is wise in your own life
to be able to recognize and acknowledge
the key thresholds;
to take your time;
to feel all the varieties of presence
that accrue there;
to listen inward
with complete attention
until you hear
the inner voice
calling you
forward:

The time has come
to cross.”


John O’Donohue
Excerpts taken From: To Bless the Space Between Us
and put into prose poem format...




“Remember, the entrance door to the sanctuary
is inside you.”

Rumi

~

Whatever “threshold” you find yourself at
in the coming year,
I hope you make a peaceful passage.
May your life journey
be illuminated
from within
bringing
you “home”
to
the
Heart

~♥~

Photos taken by Hubby
Sunrise, Dec. 23, 2013


Notice the “angel wings”
at the top of the top photo
J



10 comments:

  1. Hubby takes nice photos! Happy New Year Christine!

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    1. Yes, good thing, cause I'm not up at sunrise :) LOL... Happy New Year to you as well...

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  2. Coming here on this brand new day of this brand new year is like taking my first cup of tea for the day, which I haven't yet by the way ;~) It is so refreshing and comforting too, the familiar kind, loving and always up-building words that have become a port of call for me over the years....

    Thank you dear friend for your place in my heart, may this year bring a little more stability for the both of you so that you can plan for a joyful new year...

    Hugs xxx

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Dear Sue... Am glad that you find "nourishment" in the words here... May our Hearts always hold a place for each other, like gentle deer...

      We are already allowing ourselves to feel more joyful! :) It feels quite wonderful actually. One day at a time :)
      Heart Hugs

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  3. Happy New Year, to you & yours, Christine! So lovely to catch up with you here for all this love & beauty post-holidays and travels. ((HUGS)) P.S. Happy Anniversary belated... a lovely post that was. :o)

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    1. Thanks Tracy! So glad to hear that your holiday travels went well! Warm wishes for a healthy New Year!

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  4. gorgeous sunrise. wonderful quote for the new year. perhaps i can print it out. need to remember the spring at work beneath the frozen tundra or body and landscape. blessings to you as your proceed on your journey.

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    1. Yes, Isn't that sunrise beautiful! Yes, of course, you can print it out. :) And blessings to you as well as you continue on :)

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    1. And to you too Aarathi! Wishing you much success in the New Year! :)

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