Day of Rest

freedomthanksgivingcrow“The message is sending me a universe.” That’s exactly how I mistyped the way I intended to begin this post, meaning to tell you that the universe has been sending me a message. I like the mistake so much I am keeping it, because it’s just as true as what I meant to say.

As I work this weekend with Rachel Cole’s Wisdom NotesReset. Revive. Restart., Reverb12, and Susannah Conway’s Unravelling The Year Ahead workbook, (as well as attempting to do the laundry, pay bills and balance the checkbook, clean up the house, get groceries, care for the boys and myself…*sigh*), certain things are emerging, becoming clear.

One thing that I want to share with you today, because maybe this is a thing for you too–the rightness of being myself. So many quotes, so much wisdom has come my way in just the past few days about this, and every cell in my body, every corner of my mind, every breath and heartbeat says “yes” and “oh, hell yeah” in response.


The phone is ringing, darling. Pick up. Pick up! It’s the Universe, with a directive just for you – a way you can be of service in the world, a calling just for you that you can choose to accept or reject. You may be tempted to reject the calling, because it’s likely to feel scary and push you out of your comfort zone. You have free will, so the choice is yours. But I’m here to tell you that if you’re brave enough to accept the calling, not only will you be part of healing the world; you will also open doors that will lead you to a life of mission, service, abundance, love, connection, and work you love. Will you muster up your courage, answer the call, and bring your brilliance into the world? ~Inner Pilot Light


We may doubt that we’re up to being a warrior-in-training. But we can ask ourselves this question: “Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear?” ~Pema Chödrön


Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. ~Denis Waitley


I keep having to remind myself, and wanted to take the chance to remind you, to welcome what’s here. To not fight with myself or it. I think it’s one of the hardest things to learn, particularly for those of us who believe we know what’s supposed to happen, and that we could do a better job at controlling the immediate universe!

Krishnamurti, the great spiritual teacher was once asked about his enlightenment. He said, “The answer is: I don’t mind what happens.” It’s such a different life, both inside and outside, when we don’t mind what happens. The tight fist in the chest opens. The body relaxes, and suddenly, even if there is sadness or loss, there is the ability to hold it–and to hold oneself. Such a gift. Such love. ~Geneen Roth


…our relationship with ourselves is like a mighty pebble tossed into a
still lake, everything ripples out from that center point. ~Rachel Cole

You, yourself, as much as anybody else in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ~Buddha


You suppose you are the trouble
But you are the cure
You suppose you are the lock on the door
But you are the key that opens it
It’s too bad that you want to be someone else
You don’t see your own face, your own beauty
Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours.


In the end
these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you live?
How deeply did you let go?
~Siddhartha Gautama

superhero earth necklace made by andrea scher, a gift to myself

May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.
~John O’Donohue

13 thoughts on “Day of Rest

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      Thank you, Christa (and back at ‘cha). And I know what you mean about the O’Donohue poem, how had I missed that one?! I decided it was simply that the universe was saving it for the exact moment I needed it, which was clearly now.

  1. mj

    Pema Chodron’s quote struck me. I must be stuck in self pity. My response to that quote was live in fear? Heck, living in fear would even be better than the dumb choice I’ve made not to live at all. Shocking. My neck hurts from the whiplash of how fast that surfaced, but I give myself points for catching it, stopping and pondering where does that come from, what am I going to do about it. Wow, maybe even a holy sht moment.

    1. mj

      JIll,I just finished your post, apparentlyJohn O’Donohue has the remedy to my state of being. Interestingly,confirmingly, buried in his quote/poem is my word for the year. I am paying attention. One more time, thank you, Jill, for being a blessing in my life.

      1. jillsalahub Post author

        If paying attention is your theme, you have probably already heard this:

        “Instructions for living a life.
        Pay attention.
        Be astonished.
        Tell about it.”
        ― Mary Oliver

        Oh, and what Annie Dillard said about the meaning of life: “We are here to notice each thing so each thing gets noticed.”

    2. jillsalahub Post author

      My friend calls those a “come to Jesus” moment 🙂 And trust me, I know about making the other choice, living in fear, not living at all: I did it for the last 20 years. Pema also says in another quote: ” All these trips that we lay on ourselves—the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds—never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.” This is very good news–just blink!

  2. Terry Butler

    Thank you for the gift of your blog! I wait for you to post each day and am never disappointed. What a wonderful thing you fo@

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      Thank you, Terry! It makes me so happy that not only do I wake up every day excited to write, but there are people like you “out there” who are waiting to hear what I have to say.

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      And to know that no matter what we put in that room, no matter how we fill it or arrange it, the wisdom and compassion and wakefulness of that empty room is always there, always the same. 🙂

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