… and remember how as a child your arms could rise and your palms turn out to bless the world. (Tobar Phadraic, David Whyte)
This came to my inbox from Gratefulbalance.org this morning. I have known of this prayer for a long time, but was grateful to be reminded on today, my birthday :
Days pass and the years vanish and we walk sightless among miracles. Lord, fill our eyes with seeing and our minds with knowing. Let there be moments when your presence, like lightning, illumines the darkness in which we walk. Help us to see, wherever we gaze, that the bush burns, unconsumed. And we, clay touched by God, will reach out for holiness and exclaim in wonder, “How filled with awe is this place and we did not know it.”
Jewish Sabbath Prayer
Wow, Kevin. So beautiful. You are all such a blessing to one another. Happy Father’s Day!
My only granddaughter will officially become a senior in high school this week. She is a fine young woman, motivated, amazingly creative, outgoing, rather fearless when it comes to her dreams, her rights and the rights of others, and a good friend. I would not have anticipated this so many years ago, with a birth father who is an addict, a liar and a con-man, to name only a few things. But I have watched my own daughter live through and beyond that, gather her strength in the world, make a way for herself and her daughter, and then find the best man imaginable for herself, her daughter, and really for our family. I have witnessed possibilities become realities, potential disasters become averted, and lives bloom together for them and through them. I could not be more grateful for the blossoming of this story, and their lives.
Joyful, spontaneous, courageous and honest with myself.
Since every moment is actually unrepeatable, the way I feel in that moment seems as if it would also be unrepeatable. The way I feel is always such a mixture of things, like what am I adding to the recipe of this point in the day/my life, and what shows up from that. I am trying to stay away from the morbid or depressing these days to keep myself going, so I choose to ask what is best, inspiring, inviting, in this moment and this day? How can I best live and appreciate that? Often, that means staying away from grand hopes and expectations, and noticing the mundane or simple. Or something like that.
I should say that the private e-course is the same course available now (which I am doing again privately) but without the interactive dimension of fellow pilgrims.
I came to this particular page when it first started. I had participated in the online course of Pilgrimage with David Whyte and Brother David, because David Whyte’s work has had a profound impact on my life. In that course (it wasn’t the private e-course version available now), I found a wonderful group of seekers/pilgrims, and the interaction with them was also deeply impactful. This Lounge was created after that course ended, so we could keep interacting with one another. Most of those pilgrims have moved on from the site, and now new people join here all the time. It is a bit more open to our own questions to each other (different from question of the day), support to each other in many directions, and here we can add photos, links, and other kinds of recommendations to each other.
Thank you, Anna! You are always so very kind to me. Namaste!
Thank you, Gargi!
Thank you, Mary!
Kevin, your photography is always quite interesting and wonderful. One of your many gifts. The images with the bowl below are exquisite. Thank you for sharing. May your healing continue!
Mary – here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3KUymM8TEo&spfreload=10. The music is called The Deer’s Cry, by Shaun Davey, sung by Rita Connelly, on an album called The Pilgrim. I have this on my desktop, and have also listened to it daily on retreat.
P.S . Gargi – I put a link to a you tube rendering of a beautiful morning prayer/song from an album called Pilgrim below. It is a lovely way to start the day.
Hi Gargi and welcome! In addition to the wisdom that others have provided, I would add to do what you love, or what is interesting to you or calls to you. Though I was not looking for God at the time (many years ago), I started finding God/the Divine when I was listening to music, or a bit of music would come into my head, or when I was walking in nature and started noticing every little thing. My senses were alert to the sounds, sights, smells, and I would really pay attention, say “hello” or “thank you.” So I would look in those little things you love. It could be preparing a meal, dancing around the house, music, playing with children or a dog, looking through the lens of a camera, and stopping to say “wow” or “thank you.” When I would do that, I would just feel this connection with God and the Universe. This makes me think perhaps I should slow down and go back to that practice myself. I’ve been a little lost or distanced from the spiritual life lately. Be kind to yourself, and grateful that: “you are more marvelous in your simple wish to find a way” (quoted from a wonderful poet, David Whyte). Blessed be.
Welcome home, Ursula. It was a privilege to light my candle for you each day, and call your journey into consciousness. Know that any re-entry into one’s prior life following an intense physical, spiritual, emotional experience will be disorienting. You are fragile and you are strong, your trek has taught you much that will take a very long time to process. Self-compassion and self-kindness is a priority for you. Your family has managed during this time without you, so they are able to do more. The old ways are gone, the new ways begin. You are forever changed. And so are they, for your bravery and willingness to do the deep work of your soul. Namaste.
A piece of music to accompany your posting, Aine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3KUymM8TEo&spfreload=10
Thank you, Mary. The energy and whole world of the younger generation is so different, and yet inviting to me to know about, isn’t it? The energy is different, all moving so quickly. My daughter & family live about a half mile from me, which is a huge gift. They help me out a lot, and I am able to get to my granddaughter’s theatre/music and school activities. Is it Facetime you have used to talk to your nephew? I have used that with my other daughter when Skype wouldn’t connect. She lives on the west coast.
Be well, Mary!
Thank you so much, Diane! And Leonard Cohen – so wise/profound.
Thank you, Anna. I am not very spontaneous, actually. I am quite reserved and an introvert. Professionally, I was able to respond that way when it seemed called for, or in order to keep a group conversation going, help someone feel comfortable and appreciated when sharing, etc. I can be a leader when it is my place to be so. I am pretty ok with all of that, though. I am very proud of my granddaughter, my daughter (both of them), and my son-in-law. They bless my life.
How is your healing process going, Kevin?
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