Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Sail on Silver Girl,
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
If you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The holiday movie Miracle on 34th Street became an annual favorite after I viewed it for the first time when I was eight. I immediately related to Natalie Wood's character, Susan, since I was already aware Santa Claus was as real as a talking horse. Two years prior my brother had purposefully awoken me on Christmas Eve just in time to watch our parents put Santa's gifts under the tree. Susan leaves Kris's Christmas party without receiving the one present she asked for, yet she uncharacteristically continues to believe. In the darkest moment her belief in the spirit of Christmas shines through. Staring out the car window as if in a trance she continuously mumbles "I believe". Her dream manifested. She didn't have to see Kris' cane leaning against the fireplace in her dream house to feel his presence. My faith got the perfect jolt today. Hanging from the yellow Tidy Cat bucket were two candy canes. What they were doing in the middle of the desert on a 100 degree September afternoon is anyone's guess, but what they symbolized to me was perfectly clear. I believe.
Posted by Maria Grasso at 8:52 PM
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
A further sign of health is that we don't become undone by fear and trembling, but we take it as a message that it's time to stop struggling and look directly at what's threatening us.Today I'm surrendering to the unknown, to the tightness that can grasp my muscles as I try to let go, to the restlessness I feel in my soul. I peer into my truth. I confront my core beliefs and let go of those which no longer serve me.
Posted by Maria Grasso at 4:37 PM
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
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Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation. Typically, when I think of inspiration I think of the more common definition -- the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something -- but I like the idea that the guidance is spiritual. In fact, it makes perfect sense. I've been turning more and more to spirituality as I look for counsel in my life. I've been peeling away the layers of my soul so it can direct me towards my truth. After yesterday's photography class my imagination is dancing with images I want to capture with my camera. I aspire to capture these ethereal moments and imprint them on my soul.
Posted by Maria Grasso at 8:15 AM
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be. This book is about such times.Something has broken open inside me. During other transitional times in my life I could point to a specific occurrence, a catalyzing event, a cause for transformation. Yes, there has been a lot of change in my life, but not recently. I've been enjoying a life I used to dream about and yet something has shifted. The path is no longer recognizable. Lesser describes it as
where the straight path vanishes, and there is no turning back, only going through. This is not easy. It is not a made-up fairy tale. It is very real and very difficult. To face our shadow - the dragons and hags that we have spent a lifetime running away from - is perhaps the most difficult journey we will ever take. But it is there, in the shadows, that we retrieve our hidden parts, learn our lessons and give birth to the wise and mature self.
Finding myself on this route is completely unexpected. I naively thought I had done my work, faced my shadow and was reaping the rewards. I come to this place in the woods humbled, grateful and seeking the courage to continue into the unknown.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
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Sunday, September 5, 2010
It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up
something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.
But happiness floats.
It doesn't need you to hold it down.
It doesn't need anything,
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing,
and disappears when it wants to.
You are happy either way.
Even the fact that you once lived in a peaceful tree house
and now live over a quarry of noise and dust
cannot make you unhappy.
Everything has a life of its own,
it too could wake up filled with possibilities
of coffee cake and ripe peaches,
and love even the floor which needs to be swept,
the soiled linens and scratched records . . .
Since there is no place large enough
to contain so much happiness,
you shrug, you raise your hands, and it flows out of you
into everything you touch. You are not responsible.
You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit
for the moon, but continues to hold it, and share it,
and in that way, be known.
Posted by Maria Grasso at 10:50 PM
Thursday, September 2, 2010
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
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