Wednesday, May 23, 2012
UNFOLDING: Decided to share an excerpt from my book "The Dance." It's a piece that takes me back to what I need to remember again and again:
“When we believe that we are by our very nature deeply flawed- self-indulgent, selfish, judgmental. . . sinful- our efforts to fulfill our soul’s longing to live fully become efforts to control, chastise, reshape, improve and change ourselves. Believing we are by nature lazy and unworthy we believe we will not change, will not become the people we want to be unless we are pushed or forced by suffering to do so. Given this belief the methods we use do not cultivate mercy and compassion for ourselves but rather foster a hardness towards our own suffering and the suffering of others who are failing to curb, or rise above their basic nature. And in the face of these methods we do not learn to . . . dance, or dream or be all we are. We do not really learn to love fully or allow ourselves to receive love freely. We’re too busy surviving.
In the poem “It Felt Love” translated by Daniel Ladinsky in The Gift: Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master, the 14th century poet Hafiz talks about another way of learning, a way based on the assumption that to grow is to reveal the innate beauty we hold within, a beauty best brought forward by tender encouragement.
Did the rose
Ever open its heart
And give to this world
It felt the encouragement of light
We all remain
If we believed that we were in our essential nature compassionate, gentle and capable of being fully present our task- living our soul’s longing for deep intimacy- would be a matter of finding and placing ourselves within the warmth of the internal and external “encouragement of light” in our lives so we would open and open and open to all we are. I am not suggesting that this is easy- especially for those of us who have spent a lifetime surviving the sink-or-swim school of self-improvement. Often we don't even know where these lights of encouragement are in our lives.”
May we each discover and receive fully the lights of encouragement- inner and outer- in our lives. For surely allowing ourselves to be who and what we we- unfolding- is why we are here and how we offer our beauty to the world.
Oriah (c) 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
We're headed into Summer and my Lavender is gorgeous. The bees have found the blossoms and are feasting, becoming inebriated on the essence of Lavender. Baby birds are hatching right and left, and the air is abuzz with chirps and buzzes and croaks of new 'life'. It makes my head spin with all of the activity, never knowing which direction to be looking and listening, swiveling like one of those toy animals whose little heads bobbled all about that used to ride in the back window of cars in days gone by. :) I am intent on soaking it all up like a sponge.
Michele's sister-in-law needs our help.
Michele's sister-in-law needs our help.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
|Our resident Red-Tailed Hawk|
|Either a Cliff Swallow or a Rough-sided Swallow|
|Is this not the most precious thing---he delights me with his songs|
We've had company and I missed posting yesterday on May Day. (Thanks for your help Sherry ;)--(our guest headed back to Texas today) The mornings have been delightful; by mid-day the temperatures are already in to the 80s. It is only the beginning of May, right? Doth high temps so early in the Spring portend even hotter, more humid Summer days in the offing? :/
I nestled some petunias and marigolds in one of the flower beds yesterday morning. I ventured out this morning intending to extend a flower bed so I could give a few more 'tunias and marigolds a spot for the Summer. I made progress, not as much as I wanted, but hey, I have to take LOTS of little breaks along the way :), especially with it heating up so quickly. Add the humidity and I have to retreat into the house. :/
Bed changing, bathroom cleaning, and laundry are screaming for attention. Happy Beltane!