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The present and the infinite

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When before the beauty of a sunset or a mountain, you pause and exclaim, ‘Ah,’ you are participating in divinity.” —Ancient Hindu Text

Many of my most cherished moments in life have been indescribable. Beyond words and intellect, just 100% happening. But I want to try to talk about them a little bit here.

The kind of experience when you catch your breath; you’re so present you are floating in the infinite. Every cell, every pore in your body is drinking in the beauty, the feeling, the light, the eternal-ness of it.

It might happen on a walk around the block or in a MAJOR LIFE MOMENT.

My ex-husband and I used to call it, “it.”

I’ll never forget Tim holding our oldest son on the day he was born (after 28 hours of labor!). He was wearing a navy blue cotton turtleneck and jeans, his face beautiful and exhausted, full of love and grace as he gazed down at the little bundle with a hat on in his arms. Enough love to last forever, to fill that moment, that room, the Milky Way. With the profound silence of deep, inexpressable joy, excluding all the hospital sounds, everything, everyone but Ian and Ian’s breath, and Ian’s skin and Ian’s smell.


Or when your heart fills when you look at a sunset and in just a few moments it goes on forever and ever.

Or when you’re standing in a forest and light pours down through a clearing in the high trees and you’re bathed in it, anointed, brushed with life, blessed by spirit, gently wrapped by Mother Nature in a dimension beyond infinite and very real.

Albert Einstein said, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Oh, everything! Everything…


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  1. Roseanne

    Oh, Jo… this caused my heart to clutch.
    Thank you. xx

    • Jo

      Oh, Roseanne! I’m glad this reached out to you and that you’ve written to let me know. When I’ve written a piece it’s really nice to know someone is listening. Thank you! 🙂 xo

  2. Amy

    This is so beautiful, Jo! You manage to capture those unutterable experiences in words for us to enjoy! I love the quote by Einstein too.

    • Jo

      Thank you, love! I’m not sure if there is anything better than those moments when we touch the infinite, the eternal… 🙂

  3. Suse

    Ah…. “It”
    But of course… XO

  4. Linda

    Thank you for inspiring me to remember and appreciate my “it” moments in life. 💜

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