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Whatever is lovely

All kinds of beauty and good in this world and today I'm copycatting my friend, Carrie with her "Whatever is Lovely" series.  Here are just a few of my favourite things in the past couple weeks:

1) Over the winter I did Yoga with Adriene to keep myself active and limber.  It was fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone.  She sends out a weekly letter and I really heard what she was saying last week.  She wrote:

Written by Rilke, she reads, 

Let everything happen to you, 
Beauty and terror, 

No feeling is final.

Then she (Pema Chodron) goes on to say, “That nothing is static or fixed, that all is fleeting and impermanent, is the first mark of existence. It is the ordinary state of affairs. Everything is in process. Everything—every tree, every blade of grass, all the animals, insects, human beings, buildings, the animate and the inanimate—is always changing, moment to moment.”
I don’t know about you but I find that comforting and even transformational. 
What a reminder!
Nothing is permanent – everything is subject to change. 
I find this empowering during times of tumult, stress or sorrow – but also very pertinent during times of love and joy.......
The thinking mind (which we examined a bit last week) goes there. Oh it goes there! It dwells on a feeling, a circumstance- something that happened to you. Sometimes we can’t help but go there and think, “I give up. It’s F*#$@#. I cannot recover.”  It is so wonderful to be able to examine those feelings with a presence and a knowing that it will pass. It is not you – it does not define you and ultimately it will change – into something else, something new. 
Remember the old saying, “This too shall pass.”
With this understanding we refrain from getting stuck. 
Our yoga practice is a grand gesture of all of this. In my opinion. 
Our practice teaches us to stay present and to understand that each present moment leads us to the next.  We use the breath as a major tool. Breathing in and out, in and out we both honor and surrender to the flow of life...... 

Go The Limits Of Your Longing
By Rainer Maria Rilke
God speaks to each of us as he makes us, 
Then walks with us silently out of the night. 
These are the words we dimly hear. 
You, send out beyond your recall. 
Go the limits of your longing. 
Embody me. 
Flare up like a flame
And make big shadows I can move in.
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. 
Just keep going. No feeling is final. 
Don’t let yourself lose me. 
Nearby is the country they call life. 
You will now it by its seriousness. 
Give me your hand. 

2) Hello, Gorgeous (blog)
Her style makes me smile.  I LOVE this outfit.

3) Connections
I enjoy my friends and I always thought that I had enough. Friends, that is. But that's not true.  Right now, I'm actually in Texas, hanging out with a couple of ladies and their hubbies that I met by just opening myself up a bit to the goodness of others.  It was actually one of my blogger friend's hubby's idea that we do a getaway.  I can't wait to tell you all about it next week.
It really is a great story and it's such a good feeling.  I love the connections that can be made in this wonderful world and I look forward to planning fantastic meetups in the future with this great group of ladies.  Get your passports ready, ladies!!!

Have a fantastic weekend!


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