Catrien Ross on Doing Just for Today What You Can Do in the Precious, Amazing, Once-Only Now

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 - 4 Comments

Catrien Ross Blog Post Just for Today

Just for today:

Don’t be cynical or fed up.

The world doesn’t need your cynicism.

It needs your engaged attention and sense of wonder.

So do what you can do, no matter how small, to bring light to your situation.
Just for today:

Don’t be timid.

The world doesn’t need your cowardice and excuses.

It needs your warrior aspect and compassionate courage.

So be brave in keeping your word and facing your commitments.
Just for today:
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Catrien Ross on Sounding Your Own Unique Note in the World

Thursday, June 7th, 2018 - 11 Comments
Sounding Your Unique Note Blog by Catrien Ross

Sounding Your Own Unique Note in 2018

Have you ever held a bird in your hands?

Perhaps a fledgling that fell out of its nest.

Or an injured bird no longer able to fly.

If so you might remember the warmth of the feathers beneath your fingers.

The trust the bird shows when it understands you are a compassionate human who wants to help its distress.

Over the years I have taken care of many wild birds.

Cradling a bird in my hands is like cradling a living vibration.

The little body thrums.

I have learned that pigeons purr when they are happy.

And each pigeon purrs in a different way.

The vibration is unique.
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Catrien Ross on 36 Musings at Mount Fuji with 36 Views by Hokusai New Ebook Launch

Sunday, May 13th, 2018 - No Comments

36 Musings at Mount Fuji blog post by Catrien RossThe Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

CHAPTER 2, LETTING GO OF LOSS (ebook excerpt):

Someone you loved is gone.

Something you needed is no longer there.

Somehow your heroic commitment has faded into failure.

Now the foundations of your existence lie crumpled beneath you.

Yet you surrendered solutions long ago and your answer ahead seems impossible to fathom.

So what remains?

Today, there is nothing and no-one.

There is only you.

Out of pain and disillusionment you admit all you once cherished is indeed lost.

Faced with emptiness, what you can do is breathe into the space of your untapped courage.

You discover that in grasping nothingness you become free to embrace everything.

And everything in turn is free to embrace you.

You are letting go of loss.
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Catrien Ross on Japan’s Cherry Blossoms and Blooming In Your Own Time

Sunday, April 1st, 2018 - No Comments
Catrien Ross on Japan's Chery Blossoms

Blooming in Your Own Time

Across Japan the cherry blossom front advances.

From the south’s first blush in late March to the north’s last glorious burst in mid-May, region after region unfurls in pink and white delight.

As news stations nationwide follow and report the daily sakura movement, the Japanese make ready their hanami, or cherry blossom viewing celebrations.

Everyone, everywhere, participates.

Hours before the evening revelries begin, companies send employees out to stake a crucial spot in nearby parks.

Under a favorite cherry tree, of course.

As food and drink begin to flow, such after-hours partying becomes a hanami glow of happiness.
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Catrien Ross on Giving the Light in Your Wound Time to Work

Sunday, March 11th, 2018 - 4 Comments
Catrien Ross on Giving the Light in Your Wound Time to Work

The Light in Your Wound


The words of Rumi, the Persian poet and mystic, give an instant lift: “The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

But the painful reality of wounds is that the light needs time to do its work.

When the wound is profound, like grief at the loss of someone you love, the darkness does not brighten at once.

Instead, the light works in ways you do not know and for a time cannot even feel.

Daily life continues, of course.

You take care of your tasks. You walk. You talk.

But the dance has gone out of your rhythms.

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