The Quiet

January 21, 2015

Listen to The Quiet

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by David Whyte

if you move carefully
through the forest

like the ones
in the old stories

who could cross
a shimmering bed of dry leaves
without a sound,

you come
to a place
whose only task

is to trouble you
with tiny
but frightening requests

conceived out of nowhere
but in this place
beginning to lead everywhere.

requests to stop what
you are doing right now,

to stop what you
are becoming
while you do it,

that can make
or unmake
a life,

that have patiently
waited for you,

questions that have no right
to go away.

From the collection, Everything is Waiting For You

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For the last three months I’ve been living this poem –
saying yes to what have felt like sacred requests to stop what I’m doing
and stop what I’m becoming as I do it.
Asking questions that have no right to go away.

My questions have been about identity
and purpose
and how to root myself
- as in super, practical, nuts-and-bolts how-do-I-do-this -
in a story about our world
and my place here
that feels totally shaped by trust.

My path to these months was less a quiet move
across shimmering leaves, however,
and more a complex, colorful, cacophonous,
heartful decade of living
that left me exhausted and feeling
chronically over-stimulated
and out of touch
with who I am
and who I want to be.
And without dedicated time and space to
and feel
and consciously steep in The Quiet.

The Quiet, for me,
is the birthplace of all I want to be.
It’s my understanding of God.
It’s the whole of the universe and more.
It’s my own heart.
It’s my backyard patio in the winter sun.
It’s putting words to my observations and feelings
and treating this as sacred work.
It’s consciously being with thoughts and feelings
without trying to put words to them at all
and treating *this* as sacred work.

The Quiet is always everywhere;
I think we’re – all of us – always steeping in it.
But things change in so many ways
when we steep in it consciously.
When we stop running from all the thoughts and questions
that make us uncomfortable
and finally say, Yes.
Yes to this Quiet.
Yes to being in it, here, now.
Yes to whatever it brings up for me
and to the choices that whatever’s arising offers as gifts to me.
Yes to the work involved in whatever choices I decide to make in response.

I continue to steep consciously in The Quiet every day,
and experience my identity and purpose questions as active conversations right now,
rather than things I’m tying up.

So I come to this space here, now,
with a heart less full of words to share
and more with a kind wave,
and a warm hug,
and a, “Hey – this is the sacred work I’m up to right now.”

Trust Notes and regular blog posts will continue
to come only infrequently.
Healing Waves,
30 Days of Trust, and
shop items
continue to be available any time
and I encourage you to check these out
if you’re feeling stuck
or stressed
or anxious
or afraid.
They are wonderful, trust-nourishing balm.

Sending love to you,
and a deep wish
that if you find yourself
in a place “whose only task is to trouble you with [...]

requests to stop what
you are doing right now,

to stop what you
are becoming
while you do it,”

that you listen.

For your sake, and all our sakes, I send deep, loving
blessings that you do just this.


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I want to make art

May 2, 2014

I want to make art


And how about you? What do YOU want to do? Make art? Write? Take pictures? Raise children? Practice medicine or law? And whatever it is, what effects do you want it to have on our world? I’d so love to hear in the comments below, or come join the conversation on Facebook!

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Healing Waves

February 28, 2014

Healing Waves

Popping in briefly to invite you to come on over and check out Healing Waves – the place where I’m pouring out heart and art these days. The next group experience begins March 10, but you can begin the on-demand wave called Softening any time.

Softening is a beautiful way to prepare your heart for the other healing waves. And goodness – to prepare your heart for ALL of life. I’m soaking in the practices myself these days.

Love and light,
Kristin Noelle

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Right here, right now

February 20, 2014


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She said yes to trust

February 4, 2014

Yes To Trust

I love this image because it’s my story.

I’ve lived through darkness that’s felt darker than pitch-black night;

…felt the pull of my heart to make whatever choice I’ve had in me to move toward light;

…said yes to that pull in faltering, hesitant ways that’ve opened out, over time, into full-bellied, arms flung wide “YES, Universe. I choose trust!”

…experienced slow dawnings and brilliant bursts of sunshine along this way and the learning, through experience, that the sun rises AND sets on this path…and rises again.

I’m growing stronger, lighter, softer.
Trust is taking root.

And now I’m following the pull of my heart to clear this path for you.
To create art that helps unravel your fear.
That seeds your trust.
That grows in you softness, and supple strength to face your road ahead.

I’m on a mission for this.

I invite you to join me next week for a 10-day wave of healing art, called Softening.

10 illustrated practices aimed at helping you unclench and develop a daily habit of softening.

Next month I’ll offer another 10-day wave called Centering, followed by a wave called Opening.

With joy, I invite you to come learn more.

Wishing you love and trust and joy,

Kristin Noelle


P.S. There’s a temporary bundle deal if you’d like to join me for all three waves – $19, rather than $30 ($10/each). Sign up between now and February 10 to receive it!

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December 24, 2013


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Let’s get physical

December 10, 2013

Or getting more sleep… :)


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December 9, 2013

not alone

My soul is feeling things these days that I can’t quite name. On one level there’s joy and glad anticipation of what life holds ahead. And there’s gratitude for what’s in my life and in my arms each day already.

On another there’s a kind of grief going on. The shifting nature of life – the way friendships and life seasons and circumstances come and go: I don’t always have peace with this.

This week my practice when I feel these tougher feelings is to put my hand on my heart and send love to whatever part of me is feeling them. To tell that part of me, “I’m here. I’m listening. I’m sorry you’re feeling blue.”

It doesn’t make the feelings disappear, but it helps life feel softer and kinder, which, goodness – isn’t nothing. Grief needs soft places to land.

I’m sending you love and linking arms with you in a special way if you’re feeling this mix of things, too. I’m glad we’re in this being-human thing together.

Kristin Noelle


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Your Great Work

December 5, 2013

Showing Up


This image was part of last year’s Santa Pause experience. If you’d like to receive images like this in your inbox each day this season, come see what Santa Pause is all about. Registration stays open through THIS SATURDAY.


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Calling on your strength

November 22, 2013

New Way

If I could circle with you and the beat of many drums, I'd want to dance a dance of fierceness and love and determination to make a new world together. A world where fear is only background noise and not what guides us. A world where trust loosens all our hearts and the soil of our imaginations and unleashes wave upon wave of new leaders and new businesses and new relationships and new movements and new art that all get how connected we all are, how crazy able we are to address complex challenges in win-win ways, and how our planet needs this of us.

Rise up in the life that you're currently living - not the life that you'll be living someday when you get everything in order and figure out your purpose and the kids are all raised.

Rise up in the specific and maddening relationships you're navigating today.

Rise up in your work place and on the bus and in the quiet of your living spaces.

Rise up and say,

Enough of being stuck; enough of being wilted; enough of being numb; enough of avoiding the work I feel called to; enough of being gripped by jealousy and bitterness and victimhood.

Rise up and say,

Today, in this moment, and the next, is my chance to let trust be my guide. Is my chance to soften all my muscles and my fight-ready fists as many times as I can think of it and open up my hands and heart and mind to love and inspiration.

Today is my chance to call on strength and trust in ways I often don't think of doing and pour these into things that help and heal and re-order.

Today is my chance to be a trust warrior on behalf of Earth and on behalf of the people that I love and on behalf of my own heart that's so ready to live beyond the walls and containments that fear has created there.

Rise up.

And tell me if there are ways I can support you doing so.

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