In this month of illuminating festivities and gatherings with family and friends, there is also the deep sadness and grieving of family and friends - lives lost, safety and security compromised. I was grappling with how to truly feel the grace of giving thanks when the nature of our world is fragile right now, consumed with violence from wars to laws.
There is a poem that came to mind that I want to share - it was offered through a behavioral medicine seminar on Conscious Love for clinicians I participated in, called Clearing written by Martha Postlewaite:
Do not try to save the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create a clearing
in the dense forest of your life
and wait there patiently,
until the song that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world
so worthy of rescue.
“Feeling our connection to each other is really the difference between living and dying.” - Tara Brach, Phd.
Learning to be vulnerable with all the parts of ourselves invites the wisdom of conscious love. It means that whatever conditioned patterns we have in our minds, we can learn to receive new experiences and the ways in which the patterns can be changed. Our hearts expand open to connect with grace rather than grasp tight to stay closed.
A simple yet profound meditation is to sit for few minutes quietly and to give thanks to a challenging person, circumstance in your life, or your own deep desire. Not wanting it to be different or defending your self from it, but to imagine being in a shared space of your heart and giving it the pause it needs, perhaps you can visualize a symbol or image to lessen the fear around it. Try not to have an outcome, just stay noticing, observing and after a few breaths arrive back to the present moment.
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