80/100 Days of Seeds of Light

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Day 80/100 #100daysofseedsoflight ✨
The summer solstice. ✨
It used to make me sad, thinking about how the days get shorter from here. But - maybe as a result of this practice, even - I have come to appreciate the beauty in the equilibrium. ✨
The light comes and the light goes and the light comes again. An important reminder to all of us in the seasons of our lives. ✨
The light comes and the light goes and the light comes again.

79/100 Days of Seeds of Light

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Day 79/100 #100daysofseedsoflight ✨
I can’t go on writing about seeds of light without pausing to say this: if you are an American of conscience, if the recent news about families being separated at the border bothers you (I hope it bothers you; we should all be bothered), if any of the policies or actions of this administration bother you, I urge you to take action. ✨
It is not enough to look for the light, these are times when we have to BE the light. ✨
Call or write to your legislators. Better yet, call AND write to your legislators. Don’t worry if it feels awkward or uncomfortable - do it anyway. Try using @resistbot which makes it super easy. Don’t ever think that your voice doesn’t matter because every one of our voices matters and it is together that our voices make the biggest impact. Make a contribution if you can (consider @together.rising). Urge your friends to join you in the actions you take. ✨
We can all be seeds of light.

75/100 Days of Seeds of Light

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Day 75/100 #100daysofseedsoflight ✨
“You’ve got to be one that, wherever you are like a flower, you’ve got to blossom where you’re planted. You cannot eliminate darkness. You cannot banish it by cursing darkness. The only way to get rid of darkness is light, and to be the light yourself.” -Cory Booker ✨
{With gratitude to @erenhays for sharing this quote!}

73/100 Days of Seeds of Light

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Day 73/100 #100daysofseedsoflight ✨
{Thursday’s post}

This tweet from @dalailama: ✨
“Scientists warn that constant fear and anger are bad for our health, while being compassionate and warm hearted contributes to our physical and mental well-being. Therefore, just as we observe physical hygiene to stay well, we need to cultivate a kind of emotional hygiene too.” -Dalai Lama

72/100 Days of Seeds of Light

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I’m talking about the little things here - the littlest things, in fact - when I talk about seeds of light. ✨
The warmth of the dog curled up next to me, the sun that shines after a week of rain, the smell of coffee brewing. ✨
Tiny things that we so often overlook. Things that are there whether or not we notice them, or recognize them as seeds of light. ✨
This is a practice about noticing. ✨

70/100 Days of Seeds of Light

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Day 70/100 #100daysofseedsoflight ✨
Most perceived problems can be solved by turning things around. Maybe not the first time you turn it over, but if you keep turning, keep looking at it from another angle and another angle and another, you’ll begin to see pinpoints of light. ✨
One side note. You have to be willing to consider that you are the problem. If there is nothing else within your power to change, you can always always adjust your attitude or your approach. ✨

65/100 Days of Seeds of Light

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{Wednesday’s post}

Have you ever noticed that the things you have to do will shrink or expand in direct proportion to the amount of time you have available to do them? The same six things can take two hours or an entire day, depending what you have available.

So it is with light and darkness.

The more space we make in our lives for love and light, the more love and light will expand to fill that space. The corollary is also true. ✨
I am reminding myself of this fact a lot lately, as I barrel forward from one task/event/project/milestone to the next. Stop. Look for the light. Take a moment to notice, goodness abounds.

Onward.

64/100 Days of Seeds of Light

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{Tuesday’s post}

I am pausing here for a moment, having heard the news about Kate Spade. She was an icon of my young adulthood.

It feels strange to write about choosing light, choosing gratitude, choosing joy, choosing anything in the wake of Kate Spade’s suicide. Mental illness is not a choice, it is a disease. ✨
If you are worried about yourself or someone you love, please seek professional help. Please please seek professional help. Just like you would if you felt a lump in your breast or an irregular rhythm in your heart. Even if you weren’t sure about the lump or the heartbeat, you would probably ask a doctor to check it out. Do the same if you’re worried about your mental health. Please.

63/100 Days of Seeds of Light

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Day 63/100 #100daysofseedsoflight 

I’m catching up here. The days are full as we march toward graduation. The days, and my mind and most of all my heart are full full full full. And though I am making seed paintings, and thinking and writing about perspective each day, I’ve let myself get behind on posting. I’m trying to catch up, gently. ✨
Trying, too, to slow down. To pay attention. To savor every bit of this day, this week, this time. ✨
I’m thinking about the words of Mary Oliver this morning - “Instructions for living a life. 
Pay attention. 
Be astonished. 
Tell about it.”

61/100 Days of Seeds of Light

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Day 61 #100daysofseedsoflight

{Saturday’s post}

Seeds:

1. Remembering my grandfather. He gave the biggest, tightest, strongest hugs. And his sneeze could shake the whole house.
2. It’s nice to feel that my opinion matters.
3. Our garage. Arriving home in a torrential downpour, I was especially grateful to be able to pull the car into the garage. I didn’t grow up with a garage and I try never to take it for granted.