Wednesday, October 8

closer than your nose*

penny, canon digital rebel xti

Today a friend of mine reminded me to find a space of quiet and listen to my inner guide. I was feeling conflicted about something. She said "you always know what you need and what feels right for you...just find some quiet and listen."

So I found some quiet. Then I listened. Through the tears. When the sobs fell silent and all I could hear was my breathing and I closed my eyes, it felt more clear. Then I knew what I needed to do and I did it and it was the right decision for me. I know this because as soon as I made that choice, my whole day shifted from feeling tied up in knots to feeling a complete peace wash over me.

Now I lay my head down tonight remembering that the answer is always within.

A kind and wise Zen Buddhist Priest friend of mine once told me this funny conversation between Zen folk:

"The answer is as close as your nose"

"Really, is it that far?"


Blogger pERiWinKle said...

heehee...is it that far? :-)

'find some quiet and listen'

think that's what I'm going to do right now! xx

PS: did you find your nose? oops! answer? heehee...love you!

October 9, 2008 at 1:02:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jacki said...

Thank you, I have a feeling I will need to find a lot of quiet space today...perfect words!

October 9, 2008 at 4:21:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Leslie said...

I just discovered your blog! I'm looking forward to reading more!


October 9, 2008 at 4:21:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is great advice & something we should all remember.


October 9, 2008 at 5:48:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet, Sweet Denise,

What sage advice...thank you for sharing with us. I know that you'll find your center when we turn away from the mental chatter, shoulds, musts, coulds, opinions of others and find that silent voice within....beckoning your truth....I'm glad you found it. I'm on your side!

Your cheerleader and fan,

October 9, 2008 at 6:39:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Robynsart said...

The advice you received was spot on... thank you so much for sharing. I could really use it lately.

October 9, 2008 at 6:49:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i always feel calmed and inspired after i peek at your blog. i met you at squam vendor nite, i'm the girl who bought postcards-- flighty & nervous & kind of a klutz. this is huge! i'm leaving a comment.
you are so inspiring and you exude a peaceful positive light. if i could pick a mentor on my creative journey, i would pick you.
thank you for your openness, your words, your photos--- you are a gift.

October 9, 2008 at 8:49:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Stacy said...

such a perfect reminder.

October 9, 2008 at 9:52:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been so, so tied up lately. and I don't know what it is - what the root of this every-single day dread is....I have not meditated for two whole weeks...no yoga, no walking, no quiet. no nothing.
thank you for the reminder!

October 9, 2008 at 12:38:00 PM PDT  
Blogger christianne said...

Thank you, Denise. This was really helpful today, as I've spent the past 3 days in intense conversation of a personal nature with multiple people in my life, and it's causing me some stress, even though I am trying to keep my head up. Tonight, I have the opportunity to spend time with some additional friends where likely the same subjects will be raised and I will be a lone specter forced to defend myself. I don't have the energy to do it after the past three days, but I've been fighting shame for not being strong enough. It helped to hear your words about taking some time to listen to yourself, then knowing what you needed to do and doing it. I feel like it is decisions like these, made from knowing what is best for us (not knowing what might take care of someone else while bringing harm to our insides) is what brings the measure of peace that our insides need. It also makes the times we do give of ourselves more pure.

Thanks again. This really encouraged me right now.


October 9, 2008 at 1:35:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your inner guide
knows the way

October 9, 2008 at 1:36:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Alessandra Cave said...

Oh! that must be why it takes me so long to get my answers! I have a big nose!!! oh well. it does help with the fact that I get a good sniff at the flowers along the way ;) Happy to hear your answering from a place of calm within. xox

October 9, 2008 at 2:51:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Lisa said...

i love this...
but on a lighter note, my nose is really big. I mean. really. BIG.

October 9, 2008 at 8:00:00 PM PDT  

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