From the eCourse, STILL, with Henry Lohmeyer.

Day 4: Light

Even on this overcast day, there is light to be found. The window in our den faces north and everything that sits by that window or perches on the sill is bathed in the warmth of morning.

I’ve been striving for a simpler life. There are so many decisions to make, and too much of everything. Some days I feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Going against the grain requires conscientious effort.

It is my willingness to embrace the light that teaches me.

My friend Cathy introduced me to a new blog, Transactions with Beauty, where I found an interesting post on wholehearted living, with this quote –

"The antidote to exhaustion is not rest: it’s wholeheartedness". — David Whyte

and these thoughtful words –

I think it's likely that we're going to swing back and forth between wholehearted and broken-hearted. In the wholehearted life you walk a path with enthusiasm, with an open heart. You're sincere and authentic. And so inevitably, our spirits will be crushed. It's good to know that we're going to swing back, with equal inevitability. How quickly that happens has to do with how carefully we've cultivated the whole heart.

In the window view, the forest behind our house is not blown out. You can make out the details and the color, and at the same time appreciate the little pumpkin on the window sill. This is the story of the passionate conversation we hold with nature, both our own and that of the world around us.

I live in earnest commitment to this creative conversation.

“Life is a creative, intimate and unpredictable conversation if it is nothing else, spoken or unspoken, and our life and our work are both the result of the particular way we hold that passionate conversation.” –David Whyte