a full, mellow glow

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From The Calm Center by Steve Taylor

Why fight against the fading glow of youth?
Why try to freeze a process that can’t be stopped?
You’re clinging too hard, that’s why you’re weary;
your face is lined with tension not with age.

And even if your form has altered a little
even if the surface is a little worn and chaffed
your being is rich and deep
nourished by experience and understanding
and another kind of light is shining from you now:
a full, mellow glow, like autumn sunshine,
that spreads further and touches deeper
than the flashing, dazzling glow of youth.

Why not let that glow shine through
instead of trying to rekindle a faded light?

Change brings decay if you resist it.
But if you accept it and flow with it,
it brings growth and renewal.

I first read this passage from Steve Taylor’s book The Calm Center on the Find Your Middle Ground blog (The Mellow Glow). Val always shares inspiring, soothing, comforting, delicious words and images that make me feel alive and free.

 

* I took the photo in my backyard of a columbine leaf, just after a spring rain when the sun started coming out (edited with Zeke filter). Here’s another photo of the same plant, same filter.

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burden melt away

Sunset on Lake Maggiore Locarno Switzerland 2

Burden Melt Away

One day an invitation comes:
set your burden down.
For just this moment
loosen your grip.
Feel the tension melt away.
As the weight is released,
rest in the available space.
Experience the freedom
that begins to open before you.

 

Do you ever have days where a tension you’ve been experiencing suddenly loosens, or where something that was bothering you just isn’t on your radar anymore? At times I’ll notice the change without having a clear sense of the point when the shift actually happened.

Sometimes, though, something just keeps holding on, and eventually I tire of carrying the fear or worry around. In those cases, I actively engage in shifting my energy to get closer to where I would like to be. This poem is the advice that came to me one day when I was ready to let go.

 

* I took this photo at sunset in Locarno, Switzerland on Lake Maggiore.