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Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning



Sunday, September 23, 2018

let love discover you


“We do not need to go out and find love; rather, we need to be still and let love discover us.”
― John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
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Looking for love, is something most of us do

We urgently seek to find
Acceptance
Passion
Connection

We try so hard to find Mr. Right
The Perfect Woman

We act witty
We brag
We preen
We try to impress

But sadly it is all a matter of us sending our energy out
Flooding the space around us

Our efforts become a spiritual moat,
A barrier to what we seek

Instead of trying so hard
We should, fundamentally, quit trying

We should stop
Breathe
And Just be

Open,
Quiet
Listening
Ready to receive

Oh yes, there is giving to be done
But our biggest need to embrace the love, as it comes

Welcoming it into our heart
Our Soul
Welcoming the other
Welcoming the Other, who is love

Saturday, September 22, 2018

a work in progress


I am often a mess
often needy and grasping for acceptance and affection
often a "fixer"
often too busy to notice

I can be cold
I can be closed
I can be grasping
I can make myself a pest

I can end up in
Paradox hell

Trapped by conflicting priorities
Desires
Loves

All I really want to be connected with something bigger than myself
All I want is to be connected to others
To help others
And yes, to be helped by them

I want peace
I want joy
I want to wake up wanting to dance
I want to feel valued,
I want to feel loved

Forget big houses
Nice cars
And all the rest

I want to sit on a deck, watching the sunset
Holding hands with someone who is as passionate about me
As I am about them

How do I get there
Letting go would help, of expectations, rules, fears, hates
Being present would help too…. Being there for others
Offering not sympathy, which is often shallow and cheap
But empathy
Embracing their joy, embracing their pain

And yet I am often a mess
Often lonely
Often a pain

I guess all I can say is that I am a work in progress
And so my prayer for this day
On these late summer, early fall evening is….

A little love
A little wisdom
A little patience
A lot of openness

With a side of hope

please

Thursday, September 20, 2018

inside out


 “Try saying this silently to everyone and everything you see for thirty days: “I wish you happiness now and whatever will bring happiness to you in the future.” If we said it to the sky, we would have to stop polluting; if we said it when we see ponds and lakes and streams, we would have to stop using them as garbage dumps and sewers; if we said it to small children, we would have to stop abusing them;…if we said it to people, we would have to stop stoking the fires of enmity around us. Beauty and human warmth would take root in us like a clear, hot June day. We would change.”        Joan Chittister:
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We are transformed
By Sacred work at the center of our being

There is re-construction going on
Deep down, in that place where the Sacred dwells

Change happens at the level of the heart
It moves to that place where we form our values and attitudes
And then oozes it way to the surface,
Being made evident by what we say, and how we act

There is a journey inward,
And then a journey outward

We can aid that process
We can seek to open our soul to Sacred Presence
Through mediation, prayer, and so much more

I highly recommend walks with one’s dog

Then we work on changing out attitudes

And so as an act of will, we wish the earth well
The animals well
Friends and neighbors well
Loved ones well,
And yes, I suspect, our enemies well (although that is advanced practice)

May you be safe
May you be well
May you be happy
May you be at peace

Lovingkindness
If we can let it take root
Like a beautiful fall day

Then we will change
We will change

(and perhaps our world will too)