Intentionality I

Hello Friends and Subscribers,

This is our first in a ten-week, ten-part series.

I’m delighted that we’ll be exploring a topic that many of us struggle with — what does intentionality mean, how do we do it? What does it mean to be both present, or in the ‘now,’ yet intentional, that is, living with an end in mind?

I hope to gather some insights with you as we move forward, one intentional step at a time.

Today’s photo is the blossom for a red Chinese noodle bean, an heirloom that’s supposed to grow to 18 inches.

I think she looks like a Matilda.

And so she will be.

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Matilda 2020 © Julia Haris

 

Prelude — Intentionality: Being Into Becoming

“They also serve who only [sit] and wait.” — John Milton

Bench In Nature Reserve, Maine    2019 © Julia Haris

This upcoming Saturday we’re beginning a ten-week series on ‘Intentionality.’

Today’s prelude gives us a moment to pause, reflect, and ‘be,’ because being is where becoming unfolds.

It’s a space that releases the ego’s bullet lists of to-dos and the mental chattering of compulsive planning — and from openness/awareness becoming intentional unfolds, or, becoming emerges.

We hope you can join us on this evolving journey.

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Flowers from the local farm stand on my home alter.

From my home to yours. I hope you enjoy.

Summer Flowers On Home Alter 2020 © Julia Haris

Prelude: Intentionality

“Everything’s intentional. It’s just filling in the dots.”
— David Byrne

Photo free to use by Maria Bobrova. From Unsplash.com.

Hello friends,

For the next ten Saturdays, we’ll be exploring ‘Intentionality.’

The series will  be different than its title may suggest, for it will engage a broad and, hopefully, cohesive understanding of the term.

Our format for the next ten weeks?

The Tuesday posts will be improvised. There may be recordings, but I suspect the content will be short, maybe a quote, a bit of art, a photo, a brief (or not so brief) written entry, and the content may or may not intersect with our ten week theme.

The weekly Saturday entry will be the thematically driven recorded reflection and meditation, with photo/quote/art as inspiration leads.

Today’s recording is a prelude, an invitation to consider the meaning and use of ‘intentionality,’ and to create a space for a deeper, expanding journey into intentional living.

Our small but engaged group invites you to join us in this journey.

Thanks for visiting and subscribing.

Peace.

Recorded audio reflection and meditation, click here:

 

 

 

whol(ē)ness XX

“You understand so little of what is around you because you do not use what is within you.” *

Our final reflection in a twenty part series.  Click here to listen:

 

‘The true Trinity in true unity’’. Hildegard of Bingen. Date: c.1165. (Source: WikiArt)

 

*Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias 1.2.29. Translation by Avis Clendenen

Finale Update

Hello friends,

I’ll be recording our finale this Tuesday. Sorry for the continued delay, but we’ll meet for certain this Tuesday.

Thanks for your understanding.  For today, I offer this excerpt from the poet John O’Donohue’s  book, “Beauty: The Invisible Embrace”.

The book is worth your time and imaginative exploration, but it reveals itself best through slow and deliberate contemplation, as this snippet suggests:

“When you take the time to draw on your listening-imagination, you will begin to hear this gentle voice at the heart of your life. It is deeper and surer than all the other voices of disappointment, unease, self-criticism and bleakness. All holiness is about learning to hear the voice of your own soul. It is always there and the more deeply you learn to listen, the greater surprises and discoveries that will unfold. To enter into the gentleness of your own soul changes the tone and quality of your life. Your life is no longer consumed by hunger for the next event, experience or achievement. You learn to come down from the treadmill and walk on the earth. You gain a new respect for yourself and others and you learn to see how wonderfully precious this one life is. You begin to see through the enchanting veils of illusion that you had taken for reality. You no longer squander yourself on things and situations that deplete your essence. You know now that your true source is not outside you. Your soul is your true source and a new energy and passion awakens in you.”

And here is a flower from my borage plant, because it’s so pretty that it’s worth a minute to pause.

Borage Flower. 2020 © Julia Haris

 

peace — jh

Finale

Hello everyone,

Several overlapping issues dictate postponing our series finale, hopefully no later than Tuesday — but perhaps next Saturday.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this:

 

“To be great, be whole;
Exclude nothing, exaggerate nothing that is not you.
Be whole in everything. Put all you are
Into the smallest thing you do.
So, in each lake, the moon shines with splendor
Because it blooms up above.”
Fernando Pessoa, Poems of Fernando Pessoa 

 

Until next time, peace.

 

Into Summer 2020 © Julia Haris

 

 

 

 

 

 

whol(ē)ness XIX

The next to last entry in a twenty-part series. To listen, click here:

 

Pollinated Squash Blossom 2020 © Julia Haris

whol(ē)ness XVIII

We’re going within and beyond for our final three entries.

Number eighteen in a twenty part series. Click here to listen:

Original photo free to use. ‘Neowise’ by  Haiming Xiao.  Open source photo from Unsplash.com. Edited in Photoshop Express.

 

whol(ē)ness XVII

The gift of writing is to be self-forgetful, to get a surge of inner life or inner supply or unexpected sense of empowerment, to be afloat, to be out of yourself. —  Seamus Heaney

To create a work of art is to create the world. — Wassily Kandinsky

 

Number seventeen in a twenty part series.  Click here to listen:

Anise Hyssop (Hummingbird Mint) In The Garden 2020 © Julia Haris

 

whol(ē)ness XVI

Number sixteen in a twenty part series.

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Original photo by Paweł Czerwiński — free to use from Unsplash.com . Edited in Photoshop Express.