Lightly Child, Lightly

Waking up in the morning
I vow with all beings
to be ready for sparks…

I vow with all beings
to let the pain and surprise
slow me down to this step,
this step.

~Robert Aitken, from “Zen Vows for Daily Life



  • Photo:  (via MennyFox55). Poem: Thank you Make Believe Boutique
  • Prior “Lightly child, lightly” Posts? Connect here.
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”


  1. LOVE it..
    And need it today!

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  2. go with gentle care

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  3. walk softly, gently

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  4. I’m with Sawsan…fantastic, and sorely needed!

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  5. Absolutely beautiful 🙂

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  6. Waking up…am too busy for any vows to being
    Sparkling eyes …I love surprises and not shocks of pain


  7. Fantastic pairing – we ALLneed it! Thank You David

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  8. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Nice thoughts to wake up to … Robert Aitken, from “Zen Vows for Daily Life”!

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  9. One, gently after the other…

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  10. One day at a time, one moment at a time. It’s too bad the moments fly by too fast to see…

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