Cherishing the Ordinary


I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out

till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.

~ John Muir

The further along I travel on this life journey, the more evident it is that the Universe is ALWAYS available for an intimate conversation. I will never forget a teacher once sharing with me, “If you are not feeling close to God, guess who moved?”

I am particularly aware of this swelling presence and invitation to experience the sacred when I am in nature, but more and more I find myself remembering to open to a conversation with the invisible throughout the day— to be aware of the subtle orchestration of life that is always revealing itself through the simplest aspects of my surroundings.

Here’s one of my favorite poems that captures the ordinary nature of experiencing intimacy with the Universe:


by David Whyte

Your great mistake is to act the drama

as if you were alone. As if life

were a progressive and cunning crime

with no witness to the tiny

transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny

the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,

even you, at times, have felt the grand array;

the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding

out your solo voice. You must note

the way the soap dish enables you,

or the window latch grants you freedom.

Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.

The stairs are your mentors of things

to come; the doors have always been there

to frighten you and invite you,

and the tiny speaker in the phone

is your dream ladder to divinity.

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into

the conversation. The kettle is singing

even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots

have left their arrogant aloofness and

seen the good in you at last. All the birds

and creatures of the world are unutterably

themselves. Everything is waiting for you.

Another avenue of experiencing access to this mysterious dance is through the crafting of these weekly journals. I find that when I have the willingness to sit down in response to my call to write, an intimate thread between me and the invisible becomes more and more accessible inwardly. This partnering often begins with my response to something very ordinary, then begins leading me somewhere I have never been, is subtely intoxicating in its presence, and becomes a flow of immersed pleasure — like I am entering the water to learn more of it, to flow together. Like writing these words right now, discovering what I am expressing as I express.

I just completed a very powerful 7-day workshop, which again touched me into the profound experience that follows when we are accepting life just as it is unfolding, beyond likes and dislikes. It is always healing and awakening for me to learn new ways to steep in the presence of the moment…….

“I have found that the deepest, most meaningful aspects to my life

are often the ones that first appear to be so ordinary and inconsequential.

The source of the blessings in my life is deep within, past whatever abilities

or attainments I have or don’t have, past any circumstances or fortune,

past whatever can be seen as a cause or an effect. That source is still invisible

and unknown and yet the most real aspect of my life. Praise be to God.”

~ John Morton

Like the beautiful wave of grain in the photograph above, we are each vibrant and being fed mysteriously by the earth — and by the invisible presence of the divine. May this week bless you with new awareness about how the Universe is having an intimate conversation with you — and may you discover new ways of saying “YES” to the ever-nourishing dance of life.

All my best, Gavin

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