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“It’s not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy.” – Br. David Steindl Rast

And Still I Rise

A note from Carl

Good Morning!
A couple days ago, Erin and I were reflecting on a passage from Parker Palmer’s book “A Hidden Wholeness-The Journey Toward An Undivided Life,”
“I do not know who coined the phrase “Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better,” but he or she must have had a great fantasy life. In sixty five years on the earth, my pattern has never been onward and upward. It has always been up and down and back around. I follow the thread of true self for a while. Then I lose it and find myself back in the dark where fear drives me to look for it again. This pattern, as far as I can tell, is inherent in the human condition.” 

Being back in the dark, in my experience, is never much fun.  Yet when I reflect back, many of my most challenging, painful  times in life have led to the greatest openings, the most potent learning, and led me back to the thread in ways I could not have imagined before.

Michael Meade speaks of how our genius, our unique gifts we bring to the world, are always linked to our greatest challenges. It is a package deal, that we are each born into this world with gifts that only we can bring, and struggles and challenges we get to learn from in our unique way.

One powerful example of a being unfolding her uniqueness is the beloved poet who left her body yesterday, Dr. Maya Angelou. This video of her reading “And Still I Rise” is one that Erin has probably watched 100 times over the last 6 months. Each time I watch it, I get goosebumps, or truthbumps, as the nobility of human spirit so clearly shines through this phenomenal woman.

With such gratitude for all that Maya has embodied, and all that lives on in the countless beings touched by her words and presence,

and wishing you well,Carl

p.s.  Erin’s first e-course, The Embody Gratitude Project- Nurturing Joy Through Embodying Thanks begins Monday, June 2nd. There is still room to register! We now have an international community of wonderful folks signed up to grow their gratitude this summer. :) You’re most warmly invited to join in!

p.p.s.  The early registration discount for our upcoming “Discovering Your Genius” weekend ends this Sunday. This is a topic that is to enlivening to us, and we are grateful to have the chance to explore it through movement, inquiry and reflection- the genius, the unique guide, that lives in all of us. We’d love for you to join us.

An old Greek word for happiness translates as having a satisfied genius. Recognizing and following the promptings of one’s inner-genius can be one of the most fulfilling experiences of life even if all else has been reduced to garbage and scraps. Genius rises from hidden depths, it often surfaces in the midst of trouble and it is always the expression of something unique and meaningful in a person. When the world around us seems about to collapse the inner pattern of genius is often moving closer to the surface and trying to become known. Genius grows and glows brighter when it is recognized by its host and when it is acknowledged by others. 
-Michael Meade
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