Enable Your Soul to Breathe…

 In Reflections

Early this morning I discerned what the general theme of today’s newsletter would be based upon the Mark Nepo’s quote above, then headed out the door to walk.

As I enjoyed the cool air and quiet, I shifted my attention inward and received a clear (and needed) message from my heart. Of course, it was only after I re-read the passage from Mark Nepo’s book, Falling Down and Getting Up, that I realized that walking after reading his wisdom set me up to listen to my heart.

How do you access your heart’s wisdom? How do you give it enough attention to enable your soul to breathe? For me, walking is one of my best ways to connect to my heart’s wisdom. What’s yours? Mark Nepo offers time in prayer as another way to access the wisdom to help us listen and speak from the heart.
“The deeper sense of prayer has always been to still ourselves enough to listen and receive,
to ask for nothing. When we can empty ourselves of schemes and demands,
when we can let the fear settle and open ourselves without intent,
this quiet bravery lets us be renewed by the forces of Wholeness.
—Mark Nepo

With the holiday season offering opportunities at gatherings for both uncomfortable conversations and time for deeper connections, now might be a great time to access “this quiet bravery” to strengthen your inner line of communication to your heart and attend to its wisdom.

May you experience an inner breath of fresh air every time you still yourself enough to listen and then speak from your heart.

The World in Tune

“Prayer is the world in tune, a spirit-voice, and vocal joys whose echo is heaven’s bliss.”
―Henry Vaughan

The Soul of the World

“Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World and it will one day return there.”
―Paulo Coelho

The Heart Knows

“Our heart knows what our mind has forgotten―it knows the sacred that is within all that exists, and through a depth of feeling we can once again experience this connection, this belonging.” ― Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Beloved Is Where We Begin


If you would enter
into the wilderness,
do not begin,
without a blessing.

Don not leave
without hearing
who you are:
named by the One
who has traveled this path
before you.

Do not go
without letting it echo
in your ears,
and if you find
it is hard
to let it into your heart,
do not despair.
That is what
this journey is for.
—Jan Richardson, Circle of Grace.

We invite you to participate with us (group rate) in Jan Richardson’s annual online Advent Retreat Series. You can find out more about it on her website HERE. Email Sharon Dunn if you wish to take advantage of the Eremos group discount.

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