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Catrien Ross on 36 Musings at Mount Fuji with 36 Views by Hokusai New Ebook Launch

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

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

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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