We enjoyed a beautiful holiday celebration and then I caught this respiratory cold that’s circulating around so today is a quiet day, a day of stillness and rest.  I have no expectation which is a lovely and freeing place to be.

The release of expectation is motivated by and supported by these words of Shunryu Suzuki:

When we do not expect anything, we can be ourselves. That is our way, to live fully in each moment of time. This practice continues forever.

I’m also resonating and sinking into these words of Br. David Steindl-Rast:

May you grow still enough to hear the small noises earth makes in preparing for the long sleep of winter, so that you yourself may grow calm and grounded deep within.

Christmas Eve Sunset

After typing out her Christmas wish list, Ginger is ready for the holidays.
Ebi is prepared for a Christmas Eve walk

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