Slow Motion

“Moving slowly has a grace to it that I find I can easily settle into. I feel fluent in slow motion. There is even something aesthetic about it, a flowing quality…”

– Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus

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Self-Expression and Our Basic Natures

“…the need to express who we are is archetypal; that is both necessary and timeless. And expressing who we are is less about describing ourselves than it is about letting who we are out in a regular rhythm that is an imperative as breathing.

“It is this exchange or flow of who we are- in and out- that keeps us connected to all that is living.

“Just as we must inhale and exhale hundreds of times a day, we must feel and express constantly. When out of balance we suffer….”

“Ultimately, expressing who we are has a physics all its own. More than being understood, it is about not hiding our basic nature.

“Essentially, the life of expression is the ongoing journey of how we heal each other… for by telling our stories and listening to the stories of others, we let out who we are and find ourselves in each other, and find that we are more together than alone.”

~Mark Nepo from The Exquisite Risk: Daring to Live an Authentic Life

Stillness

We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things …. but, there are times when we must stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or in its memory. We listen, and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.

James Carroll

Perfectly Imperfect

The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.

― Tahereh MafiShatter Me

Moon

The other night at yoga, the instructor spoke of the moon and tied it to what he calls the Divine Mother. He says it’s the brightness that’s in all of us; that we all carry the light of the moon simply by virtue of being ourselves. It’s automatically inside even though it’s ever-changing.

Last night the moon was full, he announced. Today, we are one day past and already the moon looks different. There’s a bit of darkness in the corner. 

– Anne Samit, “Yoga, Moons, and Mothers