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

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Lighten Up!

Once two men were walking down the road.
Says one man to the other man....
"I really like the short version of the serenity prayer"

"The short version?" asks the second man.
replies the first,
"Lighten Up"

It has occurred to me 
that most of us need to lighten up
we are walking around with 
80lb backpacks
full of stuff we need to release
and leave by the side of the trail

In the morning I have taken to practicing what like call "listening prayer"
some would probably call it meditation.
But I sit in silence
and breathe
and focus on the mountain
or the trees
I always pick a gift of the Sacred
This morning it is the first lilacs of the season (for us)
which this year are white blossoms on a bush
that has never bloomed before

I sit in silence
and as a thought intrudes
I just say "thinking"
and gently let go of the thought
and return to my point of focus

by the end of my time
my mind is filled with far fewer things
so few of those "heavy" thoughts return

today my prayer is 
that we all lighten up!

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