Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air,
 is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies. 
~Erich Fromm 

What a weekend it was...snow, rain, hail, gale force winds, downed trees and 18 hours without power, which here means no water.  
But yesterday I stepped outside and noticed that like magic these lovely dandelions had appeared...
Have you ever had dandelion wine?

It is spring, and today is as lovely as yesterday..
.and when I step into the sun and look at the land turning green
 after such a long dry, very, very cold winter 
I feel like I can breathe again.  
I feel like the things that have held me in such deep doubt
 about the future are going to clear away. 
 Dreams will materialize or become something new.  
On this day I am reminded to breathe. 
 To stop holding my breathe...holding the stuff in....
Breathe...inhale the new, new hope for you, me, and the world...
Exhale all the thoughts and feelings and wants that no longer serve...
Breathe in blessing that abound 
Exhale thoughts of lack or fear, thoughts that restrict...
I will breathe.

Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?
 ~Mary Oliver  

Smile, breathe and go slowly. ~Thich Nhat Hanh 

Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God. 


If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance. 
 ~Andrea Boydston

A man who has to be convinced to act before he acts is not a man of action.  
You must act as you breathe.
~George Clemenceau

There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. 
Then, there's another way: a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity. 

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit. ~John Updike  

On the table...

Angels are all around us, all the time, in the very air we breathe. 
~Eileen Elias Freeman,


I want to give you this gift...a blog
Shine the Divine, Creativity is a Spiritual Practice..
It is a place I can't describe to you in words 
that will do the woman who shares her life with us  justice....
she is courage, heart and inspiration personified.
I hope you will go and read what she shares..


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