"We are all wanderers on this earth...our hearts are full of wonder, and our souls are deep with dreams." ~ Gypsy proverb

Monday, June 24, 2013

Love is free

Summer has found us. My arms are turning brown, I've braved the public pool, adapted to the summer camp schedules, the kids are staying up later, popsicles are loaded in the freezer door, and summer reading, summer concert going, and summer movie watching are quite under way.

Creatively, the cameras, the polaroids, Instagram, the banjo and dancing--they are the punctation marks in my summer narrative, the detail finders, the moment markers, my spiritual release, and the conversation that blooms between the wings of my soul and the bones of my body. I have felt the shift of the season and I have shifted with her, always with reservation but never without resolve. I still ache in places within and without, a wistful and haunting reminder that life is too short, the days are even shorter, and this body doesn't flex and extend as it once did. Yet I know... it is not the modes with which I express myself, but the passion I set alight behind them.

I saw a man speak yesterday.  He is the son of the man who taught me The Four Agreements. This book was pivotal in helping me deeply understand what true integrity is and where it springs from. I was reminded that our work towards self-awareness, self-love and self-acceptance is never finished, and that the flaws that we see in ourselves are agreements that we made somewhere along our way, attachments to some ideal that we have made real in our minds.  I don't want to spend too much time writing about this because I know those who stop and read here are students as I am, aware, open, and seeking...always seeking. I thank you for that...

Wishing you a beautiful summer afternoon as I leave this moment for the next.

Much love to you....



  1. Just beautiful. May you all have a wonderful summer full of those special moments.
    Chey xo

  2. Beautiful images and post,
    will look the book up, as you say always seeking...
    here by way of Monica.

  3. Wishing you a beautiful summer too my friend!

  4. Love that book. How lovely you got to see his son speak, I can only imagine how wonderful and inspiring that was.

    Wishing you a lovely summer.

  5. Beautiful words, I have a clear mental image of the kind of summer you describe and am longing for exactly that. London unfortunately looks completely different and it's not even warm at the moment... Enjoy your wonderful summer :-)

  6. beautiful summer blessings to you....it was sweet respite to read here today...


  7. sounds like summer holds wonder and bliss for you all.

    the 4 agreements are truly simple and profound concepts. one of the few spiritual books i've read!

    ahead with dancing!

  8. this book seems to be following me around...I think it is trying to get my attention
    so I concede
    and will seek out my copy : )

    my little man still has 3 more days of school...
    then it begins
    I think this is the first time I a really, fully embracing summer
    it is my least favorite season... due to sensitivities to the sun
    but this year...this year is somehow different
    like finally I can move past the discomfort of the heat and see the sacred life that summers holds
    I am looking forward to it

    love and light MJ

  9. As always, MJ, your words speak to me. This summer seems like it will be a culmination of many actions, thoughts, words and intentions said long ago. Each moment is precious and sacred. Enjoy your beautiful life! xoxo

  10. what a beautiful post. will check out the book you mentioned. happy summer to you too xxx

  11. that pic of the lavender is so beautiful and yummy.
    your photos are really unique and wondeful!

  12. Ah, the Four Agreements - I always rely on "Don't take things personally" (or something like that).

    Lovely words, lovely photos, MJ.

    Here's to summer!

  13. What a wonderful post...the images beautiful and the sentiments of how summer finds us is perfect!

    Sending love your way as you journey through this season.



“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
~ George Bernard Shaw