… and remember how as a child your arms could rise and your palms turn out to bless the world. (Tobar Phadraic, David Whyte)
I just read this poem, Mindful, by Mary Oliver, posted by Parker Palmer at onbeing. Wonder as delight …
I see or hear
that more or less
that leaves me
like a needle
In the haystack
It is what I was born for—
to look, to listen,
to lose myself
inside this soft world—
to instruct myself
over and over
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,
the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant—
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,
the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help
but grow wise
with such teachings
the untrimmable light
of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?
The nose and scramblings of a puppy.
The March weather is as mercurial as my heart seems to be these days – changing daily, from wind to snow to sun, darkness giving way to small adjustments in the light. “Aslan is on the move.” These are the words that come to me from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
If I listen openly and well, I make space for the deep, deep wisdom within myself and the universe to surface and invite me to fuller consciousness and greater invitation. As an Irishwoman, I wish all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day today!
There is a phrase that came to me from down the years, from the Catholic liturgy, which is to “wait in joyful hope.” Not to say I am any good at this whatsoever! But it is something to consider …
In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, or any forest, and at the shore of a large body of water – ocean/sea or one of the Great Lakes.
I love and have loved my daughters well all through their lives. That doesn’t mean perfectly, or that we had no struggles. But we are still close and supporting of one another, near and far. This is a gift.
Me, too, Gina!
Blessings, Mary, as you return to work. May your soul be well.
Exquisite, Kevin, thank you.
Kevin can be found at risethisday.com.
Thank you, Ursula. And bravo for all the steps and kindnesses to yourself that you are taking. It is those small things that get us through. I can get pretty weighted down, especially on gloomy days, and revisit the past, often second-guessing myself. But also when I look at the past, I see that while there wasn’t a lot of clarity at a particular time, I would wake up one day and know the answer. This was true for big things (go to seminary, sell the house, retire) and small things. Kindness to self really is important. I still use as a mantra, from the book/move The Help, “you are kind, you are smart, you are important.” And I go into my deep yoga breathing when anxiety decides it wants to have its way with me. I am not perfect at any of it. I am a work in progress. “We are all just walking each other home.” (Ram Dass) It is lovely the way we all support one another here – thank you for being here.
Dear Ursula, I am having one of those sleepless nights and just read your post. I am sorry for your struggles! From previous posts, I sense there is a lot going on in your life. Do you have any time for yourself, to think and reflect, or just provide solace for your spirit? I find that spending time in nature on my own gives me time and space to reflect or just “be.” Or daily journal writing to just empty out my thoughts can give some insights if I am faithful to that process. Fear speaks so very loudly, I know. We are here in support and prayer for you as you seek the balance you need to heal your spirit and find your way to joy.
Manda, I will miss you here, but completely understand. I copied these words of yours into my inspiring quotes pages: “Grateful living inspires me to not let myself down – to not give up on my dreams, things that move me, and to hold hands with hope.” And two other quotes I offer “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” (Mary Oliver) and “If there’s a key, there must be a door.” (Secret Garden) May the collected wisdom of your Buddha journal, the delight of all the children you know who share your heart, be with you as you move forward. And I’m cheering for the day you feel ready to walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Namaste!
Dear Alicia, I am glad you had a bit of time to visit us. I think of you often and am grateful to know that your husband is still surviving. You both travel such a long and difficult pilgrimage. We support you and hold you in the light. You are both so very brave.
Thank you Ursula, Gina and Anna 🙂 !
Hi Debbie, I have heard and read such good things of the Mediterranean Diet and applaud your commitment to wellness of being. I know it is good for those with much inflammation, and have added some little aspects of it myself, as they fit in with my other and very restrictive eating. I am so glad you are checking in with us from time to time, truly, so we can know how you are doing and that you are still part of our shared pathway. Be well, dear friend. You are never forgotten.
Thank you for sharing these deep and beautiful awarenesses, Ellen Mary. You pay attention with wonder! And you must live in a gorgeous area, as well. Namaste.
Hope you are feeling better, Debbie. I know those migraines can interrupt everything we thought we could do while they are hanging on. Be well!
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