What if you bowed
before every dandelion you met
and wrote love letters to
squirrels and pigeons
who crossed your path?
What if scrubbing the dishes became
an act of single reverence for the gift
of being washed clean, and what if the
rhythmic percussion of chopping carrots
became the drumbeat of your dance?
What if you stepped into the shower
each morning only to be baptized anew
and sent forth to serve the grocery bagger,
the bank teller, and the bus driver
through simple kindness?
And what if the things that make
your heart dizzy with delight were
no longer stuffed into the basement
of your being and allowed out to play
in the lush and green fields?
There are two ways to live in this world:
As if everything were enchanted
or nothing at all.
There is no in between, although you
keep trying to live this divided life knowing
deep down something is awry.
You have lived long enough
with this tearing apart.
Come out into the wide world
and discover there companions and guides
at every turn, and even those who summon
curses from your heart have
a divine spark within them bright enough
to invite wonder.
……Christine Valters Paintner
we live these incredibly beautiful lives…….mirrored back to us in the silver shadows of memory and gifts of the heart…….may we know wonderment little by little……
We hear simplicity in the chanting during liturgy. Chants are monochromatic and follow the deep drone of a wooden drum. They tend to ground us, rather than lift us to higher states of consciousness. This quality of simplicity or lack of complexity opens up a creative space that is filled with possibility. In simplicity there is a touch of boundlessness. Nothing limiting, like a cloudless sky. There is a dynamic that exists in the relationship of form of space, or of sound to silence. Whether we’re speaking of art, religion, or life, there are always apparent edges beyond which we cannot see. As Master Dogen says, the limits of the knowable are unknowable. The process remains open. From within that sense of bottomlessness is born a sense of possibility and discovery. That is the way life is. That is the way truth is. It cannot be contained. It extends indefinitely and infinitely. New perspectives previously unseen appear and open up. Where does it end? It’s endless. It is without boundaries…….John Daido Loori
Being, enliven me.
Breath, inspire me.
Beauty, enrapture me.
Heart, connect me.
Knowledge, expand me.
Wisdom, empower me.
Truth, justify me.
Light, illuminate me.
Darkness, educate me.
Mystery, amaze me.
Grace, uplift me.
Peace, comfort me.
Center, draw me.
Oneness, embrace me.
All-in-all, use me.
Blessing, I bless you.
Love, I love you.
…..Julian of Norwich