your daily rock : give freely

My friend Amy McCracken wrote beautifully about this recently on our blog, 3x3x365. (Scroll to the “Richmond, VA entry). Approach the world with openness. Love,     (These beautifully painted rocks are created by Kim Mailhot, aka The Rock...

your daily rock : say “I,” not “they”

“They really should do something about that.” “I hope they can solve this problem.” “They’re not even paying attention to this issue!” Change won’t happen unless we change that “they” to “I.” Watch how many times you start to say “they” today. Change it to “I.” Love,     (These beautifully painted rocks are created by Kim Mailhot, aka The Rock...

your daily rock : let yourself yearn.

Our lives, when we add them all up at the end, are the sum of our deepest yearnings meeting the challenges we call obstacles. We want our lives to have more meaning, and we feel that doing laundry gets in the way. We want to love and be loved, and we feel that needing to protect ourselves gets in the way. We yearn for peace, for significance, for success–whatever it is we yearn for–and our journey is thwarted, we feel. But those obstacles are our teachers, placed along that path to teach us, if we can sit with them, know them, walk hand in hand with them. Let yourself yearn. Give voice to your deepest dream. And remember, always, that the dream isn’t the point. The journey there is where the magic is. Love,     (These beautifully painted rocks are created by Kim Mailhot, aka The Rock...

Discernment

Dear friends, I haven’t written here recently, for several reasons. 1) I was finishing my newest book, The Geography of Loss, now available online and in brick-and-mortar bookstores. 2) For the past few months, I have been in a period of great, quiet, deep discernment. Refinding the path, clearing the decks, navigating through oceans to find the shore, understanding the needs of my family at a deeper level, opening space for myself to rediscover my work in the world. Recalibrating back to my heart’s passions. A work in progress, still. Through all of that, I feel a need for a new space in which to write. A less cluttered space, a simpler one. Like a new stack of filler paper or a new notebook. Just me and words again. Look for a new 37days in the coming weeks. Until then, be kinder than necessary, and include yourself in that kindness....

your daily rock : live mindfully

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” – James Baraz Be here now today, without attachment to changing or being changed. Love,     (These beautifully painted rocks are created by Kim Mailhot, aka The Rock...