Meditation: Pause

Quiet In White, Maine.  2019 © Julia Haris

In the middle of our “Body” series, I get this year’s flu.

There’s a lot to think about in that — including the importance of rest and comfort to restore ourselves, as well as the reminder of how precious our bodies are.

My voice is trashed, my throat raw, and today will be the first day I’ve eaten since Wednesday, I think. Can’t be sure. The past four days are a blur, between fever and sleeping and aching discomfort. Every minute aching.

My baseline health is great. Lots and lots of fruits and veggies, vegan, low processed foods, good activity levels, so I feel for those who can’t bounce back fast.

The CDC says this year’s influenza is hitting infants, toddlers, and kids the most and the hardest — which breaks my heart.

Another factoid: this year’s flu vaccine was way off, easily verified with a quick google.

Today’s entry is a therefore a brief pause in our series.  Though I’m thrilled we’ve been meeting weekly for months and months now, steady as a stream. Or, perhaps, water.

I’m also elated to announce that I have my first patron, an anonymous donor who loves what we’re practicing and doing.

If you would like to become a patron, please free to contact me: julia @ juliaharis. com. (I cannot publish the address without the spaces or as a link, as bots flood my inbox.)

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Until next week, when we continue our series.



Meditation: Body II

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Waldemar on the Ice Age exhibition at the British Museum (and The Venus of Willendorf)

How This 30,000-Year-Old Figurine Continues to Captivate Today at My Modern Met

Meditation: Body I

The first in a five part Intentional series on connecting to the body.

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Study of a Kneeling Nude Girl for The Entombment, Michelangelo, c. 1500–1501. (Source: Wiki)

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Men with Breasts (Or Why are Michelangelo’s Women so Muscular?) Part 1 by Jill Burke, University of Edinburgh 

Intention VI: Decade

Water In Winter, Maine. 2019 © Julia Haris

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“The wave does not need to die to become water.  She already is water.” — Thich Nhat Hahn


Transformation by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

The Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy, pdf

Intention V: Solstice

Solstice, the longest night, light’s rebirth.

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Solstice sun on winter berries, Maine. 2019 © Julia Haris

“The danger is not that the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but that, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.” — Simone Weil

From Self-Hate to Compassion by Jack Cornfield

Intention IV

Source: NASA/Bill Dunford
Published: February 28, 2019
Historical Date: February 27, 2019
Jupiter’s moons and mountainside
A waning crescent Moon, lost in haze, rises over the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City on Feb. 27, 2019. The planet Jupiter can be seen nearby, along with three of its largest moons. From left to right, they are: Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. Jupiter’s moon Io is also included within the frame, but at this scale is lost in the giant planet’s glare.  Source: NASA

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It may be important to great thinkers to examine the world, to explain and despise it. But I think it is only important to love the world, not to despise it, not for us to hate each other, but to be able to regard the world and ourselves and all beings with love, admiration and respect.” —Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

Intention III

”In the beginner’s mind there is no thought ‘I have attained something.’ All self-centered thoughts limit our vast mind. When we have no thought of achievement, no thought of self, we are true beginners. Then we can really learn something. The beginner’s mind is the mind of compassion. When our mind is compassionate, it is boundless.”


I like these words. Also very important for Advent. Open, free, flexible, receptive. That is the attitude that makes us ready. I realize that in Zen you are not expecting anything or anyone. Still, it seems that all the things Shunryu Suzuki tells his students are important for Christians to hear and realize. Isn’t a beginner’s mind, a mind without the thought “I have attained something,” a mind opened for grace? Isn’t that the mind of children who marvel at all they see? Isn’t that the mind not filled with worries for tomorrow but alert and awake in the present moment?         — Henri Nouwen


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Beginner’s Mind

‘You Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living,’ contemplative excerpts from the writings of Henri Nouwen (affiliate link)

Intention II

Fresh Picked Pears. Maine. 2019 © Julia Haris

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David Whyte excerpt on Facebook 

Thanks from ‘Migration: New & Selected Poems’ by W.S. Merwin, Cooper Canyon Press (affiliate link)

David Whyte’s Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words (affiliate link).



“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” — Lao Tzu

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Open Road 2016 © Julia Haris

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Into Winter

From “Listening To Your Life: Daily Meditations With Frederick Buechner” published by HarperOne

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Bright Worlds 2019 © Julia Haris

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