Chance favors the prepared mind.

Quote from Pasteur.

Also:

This made him understand, he said, that we cannot hope to capture anything in life. It is best just to let go and see what comes to you instead.

From The Sun magazine, although I can’t remember which story or which month. It’s written on a card that sits in my office that I just remembered was there.

Put another way:

Your job is just to observe, and let Dhamma (The Truth, The Path) do the rest.

From SNG.

Since coming home after my most recent 10-day, this idea of letting go, unclenching the fists, dialing down the effort, nurturing faith that life will present to you what exactly you need has been on my mind. Many experiences have been presented to me already in the past two weeks, to hold and turn over and examine and wonder over. Imagine an active passivity, where you are intently interested in life yet you do not direct its flow. The world is too vast to continually pick over. You can succeed and find fulfillment in simple observation of experience.

Love,
Sara

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When the road becomes home

In many ways I’m pursuing a lifestyle I never could have imagined when I was eighteen or five or ten years old. From the way I dress to how I communicate to what I eat to where I live…all this is a sparkling new undertaking that was generally not shown to me as a young girl by my parents, peers, teachers, or other role models. I feel like a pioneer, merging my path with the thousands of people I meet throughout my life, and picking and choosing what suits me.

I drove back to Ashland nearly a year ago after dropping off Henry in Seattle for his flight to Thailand for the summer. The next day I busked at the farmers market and was approached by members of my band, Patchy Sanders, with smiles, a business card, and an EP. Since that June I have been on the most miraculous journey of my life, expanding under the experiences and places and people presented to me. Rarely have I felt so challenged and gifted!

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Lately, and for much of the upcoming spring, summer, and fall, the road has become and will become home. The hum of the tires on I-5, the increasingly dirty clothes in my bag becoming a jumbled wad, my shampoo soaking everything in my little self care bag, the long conversations on business and love and music and friendships and hardships, the moment when everything comes together and we take our first collective breath before our first note is played, this is becoming my home. My vacation is when I’m in Ashland with my honey, eating chocolate in bed and enjoying my own sheets. This summer will certainly be unprecedented in my life! I can’t wait to take it on head first!

Love,
Sara

Ideas and Experience

Quite possibly the first quote from a man on PAFW. Taken from Amnon Buchbinder’s interview of Philip Shepherd and his ideas surrounding the brain in our belly. Continuing our theme on the illusion of control, aka boxes.

Shepherd: A problem arises when your ideas distract you from your experience.

Buchbinder: That’s the tyranny of ideas.

Shepherd: Yes. The way to escape it is the process of self-achieved submission that [Joseph] Campbell describes. It’s called a “heroic” surrender for a reason, because it takes courage. It also takes faith. You’re sacrificing the illusion of control. But it’s the only means by which you can come home to your self and truly feel in unity with all that is around you.

76560_10150112203133765_4428054_nCheers to unity!