To pour the sacred water of the beloved upon our spirits we must first, recognize joy as it brushes lightly against our souls, and second, appreciate joy in the moment without trying to snatch it and bury it in the backyard like a bone. William Blake describes this beautifully in his poem,
‘Kiss the Joy as It Flies.’
He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy,
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise.
Daily, joy sits patiently on the sill, gently fanning its wings waiting for us to recognize it. But oblivious or blinded by our own agenda, we sometimes act as C.S. Lewis lamented to a friend, ‘It seems to me that we often, almost sulkily, reject the good that God offers us because, at that moment, we expected some other good.’ Appreciating and then releasing joy allows us, paradoxically, to truly savor it……Sue Patton Thoele
and in that random current of life, a sudden calling and collapse can intervene….like the beloved, we want to please, we want to gift the heart…..fine tuning the senses of perception and breathing into that sacred trust lends a little giddiness to our fear of powerlessness……
Lo, I am with you always means
that when you look for God,
God is in the look of your eyes,
in the thought of looking,
nearer to you than yourself,
or things that have happened to you.
There’s no need to go outside.
Be melting snow.
Wash yourself of yourself.
A white flower grows in the quietness.
Let your tongue become that flower.
Like a vast and gracious Host, welcome
and say ‘yes’ to this
‘yes’ to this and ‘yes’
to every this
Your true life arrives constantly
when you’ve set up your little shop
at the intersection of Now and Yes
Recognize all things as Emissaries
and Manifestations of a greater and mysterious Will
and all that is as a form of support
(though what is being supported may not be your ego)
When you welcome each present moment
unendingly, time ceases, and you yourself
become part of It, the Divine Presence.
This Presence is subtle and buoyant,
and supports your awareness effortlessly,
the way water holds up a boat.
So let your awareness be vast and inclusive
as if the whole world is taking place
inside your mind. Hear everything,
see everything, feel everything
with this simple greeting on your lips