The Guest House
“This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”
~ Rumi ~
(The Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)
Chillin' in Nature
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” - John Muir
No matter the temperature (19F today in the Idaho mountains!), I try to at least take a few gulps of fresh air each day, if not head out to pound the pavement or dig my toes in the healing earth.
Nature itself is a balm for my heart, which has been weary lately. I am grateful for the ease that comes from the serene guidance of the earth that is poised to always support me.
Goats = Joy
Having goats as pets has been an exploration of silly joy. Their noises, mannerisms, fluffy cashmere winter suits, and general sense of ease and mirth have given us so many opportunities to pause and simply enjoy some moments of simple “goat therapy.” 🐐 Join us this summer for our 4th season at Boise Goat Yoga right here at the urban farm! .
Light vs Dark
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
Who inspires you with their creative altruism? I am so grateful for the kind and empathetic souls all around me, today and every day. I am drawn to the light that shines from genuine goodness. And I get the best snuggles from this little one very day!
by Emily Nielsen
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."
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