Beholding the Ordinary

 In Reflections

“Hope springs from that which is right in front of us, which surprises us, and seems to work.” ― Anne Lamott

Sometimes the way to hope, peace, and possibilities can be found in beholding and blessing the ordinary.

This past weekend at our Women’s Retreat, I found myself relishing the gift of intimate in person conversations. And while walking slowly and paying more attention to my surroundings, I reflected on the wisdom Julie Bowman shared in her Contemplative Photography workshop the previous weekend.

A common thread in many programs, including Julie’s workshop and Betsy Aylin’s facilitation of our exploration of Shalom: a Gift of  Wholeness at the retreat, is slowing down enough to experience the beauty and blessings often found  in the ordinary.

“Ordinary love, anonymous and unnoticed as it is, is the substance of peace on earth, the currency of God’s grace in our daily life.” ―Tish Harrison Warren

I invite you to slow down, soften your gaze, and notice the beauty and blessing to be found in a dandelion in the grass, a conversation with a friend, or in eating a simple bowl of oatmeal.

May you be blessed to see hope, beauty, and blessings in the ordinary today.

Holiness Comes

“Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb.”

―Macrina Wiederkehr, A Tree Full of Angels

The Practice of Beholding

“Beholding a person or place is a conscious and receptive act of releasing our inner judgments an projections as much as possible. From this place of openness, we are then free to experience the grace and movement of God.”
― Christine Valters Paintner, Eyes of the Heart
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