Bumping into wonder

Nico and Ben, an ordinary morning around here

Nico in his guitar pose, shot with Canon Xsi

Nico and Ben funny faces

smiling dudes

It could happen at any moment. At the library one afternoon chatting with another mom, lying in a hospital bed after a heart attack, mowing the lawn, making some tea. It could happen at any moment, really. This bumping up against the sacred, of wonder.

Sometimes it happens when I am with my kids, Nico sprinting out of the bathroom double-fisting my tampons and ripping them open as fast as he can. Me, catching up to him and registering (in a moment suspended in the air) his pure glee.

It happens in the shower, but not if I ‘m thinking about it. It’s something that finds you. A moment of clarity, of truth, a crisp moment of awakening.

Once, it happened when I had lost it, utterly, with the boys and I had crumpled on the ground at Nico’s crib. I cried, then laughed hysterically. “I give up!” I said. “I give up!” And they both climbed on top of me, delighted.

I want it to happen more. Maybe that’s why all the soul-searching, the coaching calls, the joy classes and the telesummits. I want to live there more of the time, in this place of wonder, of surrender, of joy.

Things that have been rocking my world these days:

One of the BEST stories I have ever listened to: The Gold Ring by Jeff Greenwald (on my new favorite radio show Snap Judgment)

What I know about Weight by Rachel Cole. Awesome.

Jen Lee’s Finding Your Voice course. SO freaking inspiring.

Everything Color me Katie does.

This brave post by Vivienne McMaster: It’s time to stop being your own bully (While you’re at it, check out all of her beautiful photography + words on her blog)

So much wisdom in this post by Kate Swoboda: Love letter to the world

My boys (pictured above) of course.

A quote I heard today from Frank Ostaseski: “This sacred is hidden in all things. To see the sacred is to gradually remove the obstructions, that which blocks our capacity to see what is already there.”

The brave, engaged and open community over in the Cultivating Courage class. It has been such a heart-opening experience over there. Thank you guys~




  1. Posted October 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    You are doing it. Every day.

  2. Posted October 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Post LOVE.

  3. Marilee Pittman
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    inspired! and those little boys are ” full of glee”…

  4. Posted October 30, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    I know where you are coming from. I want to live in THAT place more too. I love that place and those glimpses I get now and then, when I am standing in the garden, grasping a cup of tea, or making stuff with my kid, or today, on the walk to the library… well those glimpses are just so wonderful. If you get there before me, keep a seat warm for me.

  5. Nattie
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    In pic 3, I want to super-impose drumsticks in Ben’s hands! I see an album cover!

    You are blessing these moments and sharing them with us – thank you thank you THANK YOU:)

    Love letter to the world rocked my world, again, thank you!!!

  6. Posted October 31, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    I cried, then laughed hysterically. “I give up!” I said. “I give up!”

    Oh, these beautiful, holy moments. YES. I want more of them, too.

  7. Posted November 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    I love these pictures. They remind me of my favorite time with my four-year-old, when we are home enjoying a lazy morning and he is simply playing, running and laughing around me. I sometimes get frustrated with the noise, craziness and all of the toys and things I step on and trip over, but then I realize how much I am going to one day miss it all.

    Getting into that special moment helps, and does wonder to change your day. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Posted November 5, 2012 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    oh my god, you’re boys are SO handsome! Recently, my boss told us all “you’re awesome” and just to remember: “keep being awesome!” It seems corny, but it felt good.

  9. Robin Troxell
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    maybe the “i give up” is necessary before seeing the divine

  10. Posted November 25, 2012 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Great post, Andrea!

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