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Wisdom from Laura Munson

Wisdom from Laura Munson

There is a quote by the mystic poet Rumi that goes, “Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing, there is a field: I’ll meet you there.”

I am interested in that field. I am interested in the freedom of that open space. I want to breathe that oxygen. In it there is no fear or shame or guilt or the word “should.” It simply opens its spaciousness to us. Calls forth the possibility of what we can create there.

What do you create? I don’t mean the nouns of your life. I create books, for instance. Those are my “nouns.” But behind that, I create the intention to live at the intersection of heart and mind and craft that is writing. It’s the intention behind our thoughts and behavior and achievements which guides us.

What is your intention? Is your intention to be happy? As much as we are quick to say, “Of course I want to be happy,” I find that we tend to cling to our pain. That we dwell in the victim stance. And that we are daunted by Rumi’s field of freedom. Suffering becomes, in so many cases, our normal.

I propose a different paradigm. And it has to do with the present moment. How do we go out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing and should, and open our arms and hearts and souls to that wide open place of freedom? What gets in our way? …Continue reading at

Laura is the author of the international best-selling memoir This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness.

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10:36AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

12:50AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

Thank you for this article.

3:48AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

I listened to Laura speak on the radio broadcast and love her attitude. Thanks for the inspiration. ********

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6:07PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

great quote

8:55AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Jane B. I notice you comment a lot.... Do you have a job? I hope you are using your Butterfly rewards towards some good. Do you also sign petitions? Click to donate? Or just sit at the computer to find subjects where you can vent all your anger and bitterness?

9:45PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Many of us have been hurt by our past and can dwell on that pain, probably more than is good for us. However its true in that we need time out to just enjoy the present. To create a new future without the traps of the past. As we dwell on the pain of our past it tends to hold us in bondage and we want to be free of that bondage so that we can live a life of purpose and live a life where we are the authors of our future and not remain victims to what others have done. Why should they hold the power in our lives? If they ruined our past why should we give them permission to also ruin our future? It may not be an easy fix but it is definitely on the road to a better life as we shake off the past and put on a brighter future determined to live a life of more fulfillment and yes even a life of joy. Freedom!

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