Jed McKenna

PARADOX
by Jed McKenna

“You will never achieve spiritual enlightenment
The you that you think of as you is not you,
The you that thinks of you as you is not you.
There is no you, so who wishes to become enlightened?

Who is not enlightened?
Who will become enlightened?
Who will BE enlightened?

Enlightenment is your destiny
more certain than Sunrise.

You cannot fail to achieve enlightenment.
Were you told otherwise?
Irresistible forces compel you.
The universe insists.
It’s not within your power to fail.

There is no path to enlightenment:
It lies in all directions at all times.
On the journey to enlightenment, you create and
Destroy your own path with every step.

No one can follow another’s path.
No one can step off the path.
No one can lead another.
No one can turn back.
No one can stop.

Enlightenment is closer than your skin,
More immediate than your next breath,
And forever beyond your reach.

It need not be sought because it cannot be found.
It cannot be found because it is not lost.
It cannot be lost because it is not other than that which seeks.

The paradox is that there is no paradox.
Is that not the damnedest thing?”

Sending Light to all beings 🌻 Danielle

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Being Broken (Poem)

BEING BROKEN
~
everything is wrong today
everything is broken
but my relief arrived
in the newfound knowing
that my hands will never
catch the pieces
in this moment
i cannot change it
right now
there is no fix
there is only the choice
to be with it
or exit
and my presence
would surely be missed

Sending Light to all beings 🌻 Danielle

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Where I’m Going (Poem)

WHERE I’M GOING
~
i am

where i am going

and let me tell you

it’s a beautiful road

tree-lined and

sunshined

and not without it’s

rough patches but

i decide it adds character

while stepping

over and around

dragging my knees

in the mud somehow

adds to its beauty

and to mine

for nothing can replace

the way my heart races

when a crackled bend

peels back to reveal

a light-kissed cliff

or a meadow green

beyond belief

in these moments

i thank grace

for the aches

i praise the sky

for my storms and

i pray

i pray

i pray

that every day

i keep going

that every day

i remember

i am here

"To Practice Mindfulness is to Return to Life."

Mindfulness makes for better activism. One fueled from the heart rather than rage or despair. If you’ve felt overwhelmed by the state of America happening right now, I encourage you to read this short piece by Zen master Tich Nhat Hanh “To Practice Mindfulness is to Return to Life.” it really helped me revive a sense of hope in the face of such heartbreaking headlines.

Sending Light to all beings 🌻 Danielle

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Now & Then

Ever feel like your physical world isn’t aligned with the Truth of your spirit, your vision, or your mind’s ideas of what you’re capable of? I feel you!

That’s because our Life is built on the ground of our past actions, NOT our present capacities. And honestly, it’s unfair to expect our past selves to know and feel and understand what we do now. How could they? They haven’t yet lived through what we have. They haven’t yet had the chance to learn what we now know.

Rather than aching over the gap between our present and desired realities—lovingly accept your past self, knowing you did the BEST you could with the energy and understanding you had then—and commit now to doing your BEST in the present, knowing you are actively creating new ground with every choice and move you make.

It’s all coming. Just keep doing you and don’t sweat where you’re coming from. It’s already behind you.

Sending Light to all beings 🌻 Danielle

Effective Motivation for Spiritual Practice

The following video offered from my Tantra teacher Hareesh going deeper into this concept. It’s been rippling through my consciousness for the past few weeks, so I’d love to share it with all of you.

Sending Light to all beings 🌻 Danielle

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I Am Me

I AM ME

today
i am me
and i don’t have to know what that means
i don’t have a neatly-typed page
of all the ways the world
or you
can expect me to deliver and arrive
i don’t have the promise of demeanor
or a smile
or exhaspersted sigh
or whatever other sign could
derive an idea of which peg’s mine
for the filling
i flow
i move
i owe nothing
i am me
as much as
i am the Earth
for my shifts move mountains and
my feet forge river beds and fox crossings
my body breaks and builds and burns
i am the Earth
as much as
i am the Sky
for my dreams cast star shadows and
my eyes illuminate the Truth beyond the mind
my spirit dances and bursts and flies
i am the Sky
don’t tell me
i am not everything
when you cannot see
such splendor in yourself
in every being
i am this heart
i am this breath
and this one…
and this…
i am me
bare
whole
nothing to question
nothing to hold
nothing more
and today
that is all
that is enough

Sending Light to all beings,
Danielle

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A Prayer for Releasing 2017

We’re nearing our final hours of 2017 and it’s feeling magical AF (Full Moon, I see you!) There is so much I could and would love to say about my personal year, but there’s something more important I’d like to share.

I’ve noticed (in myself and many others) how there’s this massive wave of intention and desire for what we want to step into in the New Year, and we might make some headway into it, but ultimately we get hooked into the same patterns and dependancies that kept us from embodying those desires in the previous years. Why?

It’s because we’ve skipped a really important step. GENUINELY releasing the prior year, and the “self” that we were every movement and every day leading up to the New Year. Cheeky humans, thinking we can avoid the letting go part and just receive our wildest dreams! 😉 We’ve got some energetic clean-up to do before we have space for this new way of being to step in.

This means we have to take the time to say goodbye. Reflect on everything this year brought us, thank it for its blessings and its challenges and its lessons. And then cut the cords and let it go so we can step into a new year free from attachments, ties, and dependancies.

I wrote this prayer as an offering for anyone who’s feeling ready to release everything from this past year—ready to start fresh and clear tomorrow for 2018:

Dear 2017,
I call on you with a full heart
I call on you with Love for the Life we lived together
I thank you for all you have given me
How you supported me, protected me, played with me, and loved me
I forgive you for how you have hurt me
How you held me back, kept me small, broke my heart, and made me afraid
I return to you everything I’m mean to leave behind
I take back everything I’m meant to carry forward
May I be free from all the ties that bind us
May I be free from all attachments to what I wanted from you
May I be free from all hopes for what you could have been
May I be free from all regrets for what happened, and what didn’t
May all cords between us be cut, transmuted, and dissolved
At this time, and every moment forward
As above, so below, so within, aho

I recommend, as a simple meditative practice, to light a candle and gaze into the flame focusing on everything that happened this year, everything you want to let go on, and then everything you wish to step into in 2018. Recite this prayer, meditate, and then offer your gratitude to 2017 before snuffing out the flame.

Sending so much Love to all in the New Year
💜 Danielle

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No Strings

Wild, Mundane Glory

Jacob Nordby’s soulful proclamation of the miracle of our humanness is aptly captured in his phrase “wild, mundane glory.” As of late, I’ve been challenging myself to fall in love with my humanness as much as my divinity. It’s certainly a challenge, as I know it is for many of the more cosmically-connected Lightworkers out there, but every time I deepen into my senses, or notice how beautifully the Light of Grandfather Sun dances with Mother Nature, I am reminded of how perfectly blessed we are to be here. To be human. To have the gift of not knowing everything for the sheer joy of discovery, and the humility of accepting that which we may never know.

So this is me today. Wild. Mundane. Feeling inspiringly infinite, and yet grounded in my limitations. And, ultimately, full of Love.

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Wild, Mundane Glory
by Jacob Nordby

The thing is, you’re beautiful.
Yes, you…
In your wild, mundane glory.
Your daily life hides from you the possibilities of why you’re here
And who you are.
But never forget that every breath you take is actual alchemy.
With your eyes you record visions of this place.
With your fingertips you read the bumps in life,
Sending messages back from whence you came.
You’re a soul traveler,
An explorer.
You make this place home for now;
Trying on the costumes,
Playing out your roles.
Every so often, take off your masks.
Drop your robes.
See yourself reflected in the very mirror of your life.
And remember…
When you leave this stage,
The only thing you will wonder is,
“Did I love brilliantly?”

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In Soul, Danielle