Tag Archives: Joseph Campbell

The Stillness & Sanctuary Within You

“Within you is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and by yourself.”

-Hermann Hesse

Spring, Reflection, Trees, Puddle


“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”

-Joseph Campbell

Forest, Fog, Trees, Spring


“While Eeyore frets …
… and Piglet hesitates
… and Rabbit calculates
… and Owl pontificates
…Pooh just is.”

-The Tao of Pooh

Forest, Fog, Trees, Road, Spring

Time in the forest, that supreme place of sanctuary and stillness, is a  way of beauty and of finding the stillness and sanctuary within yourself…

a place to just be…

Be who you are.

Rise Like the Sun and Burn

 Welcome Back the Sun!!

On this beautiful winter solstice day the myriad gifts of the warm and nurturing Sun are acknowledged.

There is thankfulness for the grace in the giving.  Appreciation too for the countless ways we are sustained and lifted up by the radiance.

Now, even as winter settles in, the hours of sunlight grow longer and we have the potential with each day for more luminance and warmth, accelerating inner growth and deepening.

Roots reach for depths unexplored.

The knowledge that the sun lengthens its shining each day allows for a serene, restful absorption of the season. No need to yearn for Spring.  It is coming. .. In the meantime, the present of winter is to be savored.  Deep snow and long nights.  Love and light.  Dark mornings by candlelight.  Warm fires.  Good books. Snowshoe walks.  Life.

January 27

“The day will be what you make it,

so rise,

like the sun,

and burn.”

-William C. Hannan

Sunrise, Snow, Treeview

“…the Persian savior Mithra, who, as an incarnation of eternal light, was born on the night of winter solstice.”

-Joseph Campbell

Sunrise on Beach, Amelia Island



As Above So Below

Winter’s way has laid the outside world bare.  The bareness of winter, the quiet serenity, and the snow blanket, can lay bare our inner world too  – if we let it.

As above so below.

An unsealed inner universe is open for marvelous reflection and deepening.  So much going on while the world sleeps.

Sparkly Tree

Bare, defined, disclosed, discovered, naked, resolved, solved, uncovered, unprotected, clear, debunked, denuded, divulged, exhibited, manifest, open, peeled, revealed, shown, stripped, unmasked, unsealed, unveiled, apparent, brought to light, evident, dug up, on view, unconcealed, unhidden, unsheltered…


“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”

-Joseph Campbell

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

-Joseph Campbell

Fence, Snow, Blues, Sunset


Are we brave enough to lay bare our souls?

To be authentic, real and raw?

To be open?