And so, I Blog!!

Soooo, everybody is blogging except for Moi? Is this the newest form of writing? Are we headed towards the reality of the movie "Fahrenheit 451 "? What a tragedy that would be!! I have tried Twitter~for about 48 hours ,not for me at all! I do Facebook, but also find it to be truly surfacy and a bit of a waste of my time. I like to write, not twit or mindlessly comment. So, I guess I will. :) Here I will share on the most precious thing in my life, my recovery and my spiritual journey. If my only audience is that of the ether, that will be good enough ... for I write not to be read, but because I am called to write!!! And so, I blog!!
I will begin with the daily readings from the book:

A Grateful Heart ~ 365 ways to give thanks at mealtime edited by MJ Ryan
The Winter Prayers began on the first day of winter ~ so I am begining there. The winter prayers begin with this thought:
A thankful soul is thankful under all circumstances, a complaining soul complains even if he lives in paradise. -BAHA'U'LLAH
Please join me in thought-provoking conversaton! Namaste' Cate

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Believing Fool

I would rather be fooled
than not believe.

Today, Mark Nepo says ...
"There are many reasons to be kind, but perhaps none is as
compelling as the spiritual fact that that is what we do.  It is how 
the inner organ of being keeps pumping.  Spiders sting. 
Wolves howl. Ants build small hills that no one sees.  And
human beings life each other, no matter the consequence.
Even when other beings sting."

I think of Viktor Frankl and his amazing
ability to remain faithful and to live in
grace throughout his time in
a Nazi war camp.  
He remained kind,
he remained faith-filled,
he miraculously maintained his humanity.

He said:

These are difficult times,
we can all make a difference by choosing to be kind ...
no matter what!
A small act of kindness can make a HUGE difference!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

iS iT yEs Or No ?

I say yes when I mean no
and the wrinkle grows.

Mark Nepo reminds us:
"The unwavering truth is that when we agree to any demand, request, or condition that is contrary to our soul's  nature, the cost is that precious life force is drained off our core. Despite the seeming rewards of compliance, our souls grow weary by engaging in activities that are inherently against their nature."

Now that I am in my 50s,
I seem to have achieved in the age unlearning! 
I am letting go of all those conditioned messages,
and returning to the truth.
I am enough.

Babies and animals and nature know this truth and live it out.
The rest of us can become easily conditioned
to think we need to be more ...
and more ...
and more!
Thus, sometimes feeling we need to chose to do things
that are contrary to our nature.

Imagine for a moment ...
trying to condition a cat  ...
or a cloud!

They are who they are,
as they are intended to be,
and that is enough!

when they sleep they sleep ...

when they play they play ...

and they simply are who they were created to be :)

What a great reminder for all of us ...
in loving and accepting ourselves as we are ...
and in embracing life on life's terms.

Three Cheers for unlearning!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Life of Experience

Even if one glimpses God,
there are still cuts and splinters
and burns along the way.

It's funny, human nature I suppose?
We refer to the cuts and splinters of life
as 'life on life's terms'.  But, we don't think of
new babies and sunsets and blooming flowers
in that same way.

There are glimpses of God in the fires and the new babies.
When i remember that,
I remember ALL IS WELL.

When I remember that,
I am Free!


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Seeing Into Darkness

Seeing into darkness is clarity ...
This is called practicing eternity ...

Do you remember those childhood nights when
you were afraid to look into your closet
or under the bed?
The longer you waited,
the scarier the unknown monsters became! 

I remember the elaborate scenes my sister and I would
develop each evening: we would
drop a brush and loudly exclaim that
we needed to pick it up.  Then,
while bending quickly to pick up
the brush we would steal a glance under the bed.

As for the closet ... that was an entirely different
drama filled with loud speeches about selecting clothes
for the following morning,
and flinging the door open so quickly
we practically flew across the room!

All that drama,
just to peer into the fear 
hidden in that darkness!

Once we looked,
shining the light into the darkness,
the fear evaporated.

In our world today,
fear is the marketed in products,
news programs, politics.
It surrounds us!

What a challenge it can be
to live the light
in the midst of a market-place
of dark shadows!

Gratefully, life sends many reminders

Reminders to

When I was out today,
I received one of my favorite reminders.
I could hear the geese,
a symphony of honking as they
flew across the dark sky
above the snow laden clouds!

I could not see them,
but I knew they were there ...
following one another on their journey through the skies.

They remind me of God ~
Even when it seems God can not be seen,
and things appear to be dark,
I know God is there,
doing God's thing,
and there is no-thing to fear!

Thus, there is no darkness,
only my fear of the unknown!

They remind me to Be the Light!!

Please enjoy Chris Rice singing at the link below:

Shine your light on the world today, we need you :)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Grass Grows

Even when the way isn't clear,
the heart still pumps.
Even when afraid,
the air of everything enters and leaves the lungs.
Even when clouds grow thick,
the sun still pours its light earthward.

What a great reading today ...
reminding me to just 
The universe has everything in its
care, even when I can not see it!!

“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself”


Monday, January 7, 2013

Shoulder to Shoulder

We must take turns;
diving into all there is
and counting the time.

I was just talking to a friend tonight about the wonder 
of traveling shoulder to shoulder ...
how when one of us slips,
there are people on both sides
to keep us from falling completely down!

One of my favorite parts of the AABB
is the end of page 164 ...

Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.
Abandon yourself to God as you understand God. Admit your faults to Him and to your fellows. Clear away the wreckage of your past. Give freely of what you find and join us. We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.
May God bless you and keep you - until then.

Enjoy this little song :)  Click link below:

Love, Cate

Sunday, January 6, 2013


"For mysteriously and powerfully,
when I look deep enough into you,
I find me, and when you dare to hear my fear
in the recess of your heart, you recognize it as your secret
that you thought no one else knew.
And in that unexpected wholeness that is more than each of us,
but common to all -
that moment of unity is the atom of God.
Mark Nepo : The book of Awakening

I noticed something very unique when we spent several days
at Mayo Clinic when my Mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The hospital there was huge, and filled with patients with very serious illnesses.
I noticed a quiet connection among the hundreds of people who walked 
those hallways, ate in area restaurants, slept in  local boarding rooms ...
a quiet reverence and unspoken respect. 
It was if we all knew that we were there experiencing deep trauma
and needed to be in a loving gentle space ~ and that everyone 
respected that in the others, and provided it through their 
common quiet connection, reverence perhaps.

We are all one  ... we can approach one another with reverence and respect, 
tenderness and kindness.  
We do not have to be at Mayo Hospital to realize this need.

It is said ...

It is a softening of humanity,