- Sunday August 14 – Worth the Risk
To Practice: Re-read these passages in the manner of Lectio Divina, perhaps aloud to engage them in a more embodied, sensory way. What do you hear and feel for your journey now, and any experiences of darkness and disruption?
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These days there is a rhythm of finding myself braving courageously the edge of no return only to find this is not falling into the abyss of oblivion but a further releasing of the bondage of my false self. These words from Rumi, this week. invite me to go where I would not rather go, but do offer glimpses of releasing into letting go:
Run from what is comfortable.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
I have tried prudent planning long enough.
From now on,
I’ll be mad.
O what courage to embrace the plan, not of my choosing. For this I am strangely grateful.
“For the many villages of belonging, we are grateful. “. Strange, isn’t it? These electronic villages. And yet, when I join with others in silence, followed by “holy listening and sacred sharing”, I am living in a special village of belonging. Several years ago I would have questioned the reality of such villages, but every Tuesday and Wednesday, I find myself returning, knowing that the villages will welcome me. With awe and gratitude.
Sunday August 14: Worth the Risk
“For the wounds that bring us to a place of unknowing…
Nurture of our many villages…
healing that comes in unexpected ways…thanks be.”
Barbara Holmes’ words speak encouragement in this new yet familiar place of unknowing, living with a recent autoimmune diagnosis and treatment “tweaks”. I am planning a retreat for one of my villages, knowing healing for all will come in unexpected ways. I do what I can daily, thankful for temporary restrictions of energy and thought in order to just be, to live in awareness of my wonderfully knit body. The knitting has had a few dropped stitches over the years. My body and I are picking those stitches up and slowly mending the holes formed. Thankful, too, for this online village. Amen. <3 linda
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