My apologies to those of you getting April 21, 22, and 23 back to back. I was away from wifi and cell service, enjoying nature and reading, reading, reading. 🙂
What is arising?
Entice me, Spirit of Spring,
Companion my soul.
The gift of presence that “has its roots in the deepest ground of integrity and love… cannot help but flow forth as hope.” —Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope
I am so grateful for friends with vision, with charitable hearts, with a sense that creativity and community matter now more than ever.
I’d been struggling a bit with writing an Advent study for the Women of the ELCA. While camping on Washington’s coast this past weekend, I brought the project along hoping for inspiration.
This is the final image and the exercise involves breathing and mark-making. It’s my third attempt, having learned some things in the first and second trials.
So yesterday I rose early and walked the low-tide beach. I had been there the night before and had created a big Celtic triple spiral labyrinth in the sand, about the size of our labyrinth at the Guild. It was no masterpiece; the paths didn’t connect well. Still, it made me happy to have made it. When I approached where it had been, you know what I found… not a trace. The water had erased it.
There was a nod deep within that recognized the beauty of impermanence and with that came the final push to complete the writing.
“Much of beauty, both in art and life, is a balancing of the lines of forward-flowing desire with those of resistance… Through such tensions, physical or mental, the world in which we exist becomes itself.” ~Jane Hirshfield
Sensing I need some time with the River today.
We need something bigger than our fear.
“Peace is the fruit of a willingness to compassionately dissolve distance.” ~Joe Grant
John 20:19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”
nature! nature! rah! rah! rah! 🙂
Even wondering about wonder can take me to a different place.
Our everyday presence matters.