journey sunset

 

This beautiful poem by Mary Oliver, describes the time in our lives when we know in our hearts

that we need to live differently. when we cant "fake it" anymore, and despite how painful it may be,

the longing in the deepest part of our soul leads us to the path that we need to follow.

 

the journey


One day you finally knew 

what you had to do, and began

though the voices around you

kept shouting

their bad advice..


though the whole house began to tremble

and you felt the old tug 

at your ankles.

“Mend my life!”

each voice cried


But you didn’t stop

You knew what you had to do,

though the wind pried

with its stiff fingers

at the very foundations,

though their melancholy

was terrible.


It was already late enough,

and a wild night,

and the road full of fallen

branches and stones.


But little by little

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognized as your own,


that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world

determined to do

the only thing you could do...

determined to save

the only life that you could save.


Mary Oliver

soul alignment retreat

 

Judith Johnson and Karen Joyce

Grace Retreat in Tuscany, Italy

May 4th-10th, 2014

 

 

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grace day 

thank you to all who joined us! a beautiful day full of love, joy and grace

Alberto Levi Gallery, Milano. February 22, 2014

 

grace_day_ gallery shot

 

 

 

save the date 

we are pleased to announce our first grace day of the year in milan, italy

 

 

please join us for our private sale

 

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

11am - 8pm

 

Alberto Levi Gallery

Via San Maurilio, 24 - 20123 Milano

 

 

 

 

rest in natural great peace

 may this special season and the coming year bring you joy, grace, love and rest.

 

 

books that break and awaken us 

what to read color

I havent written in a while and i realize that one of the reasons is that I like to prepare things to be pretty and perfect and meaningful before posting. In that caution and calculated preparation, i often miss the spontanaeity of the moment and the opportunity to share some very cool ideas and thoughts. Today i am grateful for many books but perhaps the one that most  changed my life is Sogyal RInpoche's The TIbetan Book of Living and Dying.

This beautiful book appeared to me through a dear friend, like a gift of grace in the period in which my father was dying. It answered so many questions for me and opened my mind to a bigger perspective on life by giving me the courage to look candidly at death - my father's and even my own.

There are huge lessons in this book for everyone. It shows us how to be on a spiritual path in this modern age, reminding us of compassion, how to care for and show love to the dying and how looking intimately at death can help us to rejoice in life.

 

 

 

 

indian mandala inspiration

i am fascinated by indian mandalas. their history, strength and significance. a mandala is a sacred geometric figure that represents the universe. When completed, a mandala becomes a sacred area that serves as a receptable for deities and a collection point of universal forces. It is said that by mentally entering a mandala and proceeding to its center, a person is symbolically guided through the cosmos to the essence of reality. By constructing a mandala, a monk ritually participates in the Buddha's teachings.

 

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