Deep peace of the running wave to you,
of water flowing,
rising and falling,
May the stream of your life flow
Deep peace of the running wave to you-
we are not conscious of the deep undertow….the flow we need so dearly, to become, to rest, to fold in the rhythms of ‘that which we have yet to know’……may the art of life, of trust, of ebb and flow find us in shallow pools….calm and steady….
The point of our spiritual practice is not to hide on our cushion or our yoga mat for an hour a day and make our way through our day-to-day lives avoiding as much of reality as possible, creating a safe little cocoon for our self and maybe our family, and waiting around for all the bad people in power to destroy the environment, poison us with food, kill us with healthcare and pharmaceuticals and anesthetize everyone with the media and consumerism. The point of our spiritual practice is to become our fully enlightened, fully liberated selves one step at a time, and along the way live the very best possible lives we can in the physical plane. The point is to connect with a greater source of wisdom, intelligence, compassion, love and power than we can possibly imagine and to align our self with Divine Will, with our Highest Self, and to live our lives and take action from this place with these tools……Edward Mannix
At dusk offer a prayer for the time of transition from day to night, from light to dark. Stand facing the west in honor of the setting sun, and embrace the awareness that you have your own limits, that each day of life reflects the rising and falling of the tides and of your own breath, and that one day there will be that last fall into death. Spend time at the rich shoreline where water and earth meet, exploring tidal pools, and reflecting on the in-between spaces of your own life. What are the natural rhythms of your life?….Christine Valters Paintner