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

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Traveling Light

If we insist on remembering and dwelling on the sins of others
then we keep them in their sins
But if we release our hold on those sins
they are forgiven and a new person emerges
                                                            John Shea
A new year
we say
we insist with great fervor
is for new beginnings
it is a time for resolutions
for affirming what we will do
to create the
new improved "me'
and so we stride forward
full of good intentions
to stop smoking
or drinking
to exercise more
to read  a good book
to be
a new version of ourselves
but a new year is not just about grabbing hold of the new
it is also about letting go
it is about knowing what we need to leave behind
what pulls us back
weighs us down
and often we label this something as 'sin'
it can be our own
or that of others
but it is heavy
so heavy at times, we can barely take
that first step into newness
As we enter back 
out of the world of holiday
into the world of daily tasks
and short days
and long nights
may we leave behind the hurts and fears
resentments and failure of the past
may we  simply put them down
realizing that we really don't need them 
for the journey

and travel light

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