morning ponderings

Ponderings this morning. Inspired by poet and teacher David Whyte.

Part of the gift of being human is that we are made ripe for change by getting tired of ourselves. When we tire of the story, the habit, the behavior, we come into a place where we are more pliable. There, it is possible to make change.

Part of the origin of the word “destiny” is to follow a star. In literal terms, following a star means sometimes going through brambles, dense forest, and dark valleys where we lose sight of the star. We are asked to keep faith and know it’s there. We may catch glimpses through the trees, and with perseverance we get heart-fluttering feeling of reconnecting with it.

To receive a blessing, we must be broken open and expand from our current state and size to meet the greatness of the blessing, stepping into a larger version of ourselves. We must do this — match the greatness of the blessing — in order to receive it.


I hope you are having a glorious morning and a moment of pause to be right where you are.

p.s. I really want the print of the horse for my new living room. Isn’t it beautiful? See more of Svetlana Novikova’s work here.



5 Responses to “morning ponderings”

  1. 1 Leili Learning Life February 6, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Lovely post, Michelle. To follow a star — and to persevere, despite losing sight of it — beautiful.

    Perhaps it’s just me, but I can’t see the image you posted. I did follow the link, and holy wow are those horses beautiful! Yes, you need that artwork in your new living room!

  2. 2 Elizabeth February 7, 2011 at 3:59 am

    This is very timely and helpful. I feel like I am in a state of not-knowing and it is useful to think that perhaps I am just in the brambles and forest and will soon emerge and see the star again.

    The horse has a feel of destiny about him/her.

  3. 3 Tracy February 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    David Whyte’s wisdom always inspired me! I like how you’ve taken some themes here Michelle of receiving a blessing and making ourselves open to them. At the moment I’m contemplating a big change, taking time to meditate on it. It is like waiting for the moon to wax–a time of ripening, before action. :o) Your new living room is wonderful… and the horse painting would be lovely for it! Dream horse this is… I love it! Happy Days ((HUGS))

  4. 4 geanette February 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    “Stepping into a larger verision of ourselves”… What a reflective thought. Thank you for this post the pause was just what I needed.

    The beauty of the horse image is a perfect reflection of your spirit.


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