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Old 12-07-2019, 12:37 PM
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Winter Blessing
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May you burn candles and log fires and a little bit of food to remind you that things can be good without being perfect.

May you spend time with children. May you tuck babies into knit hats and snowsuits. May you shout-sing carols and make paper crafts with school kids. May you be hit by a snowball or two.

May you fill your belly with warm, sugared drinks in the company of friends. May you have impromptu dance parties and last-minute gatherings.

May you stand in a space that is, to you, holy. May you be filed with the silence and the weight and the beauty. May you feel this sanctuary rebuild itself in the center of your being.

May you feel the cold, really feel it. May it remind you of what you have. May it break your heart a little. And then may you feel warmth, really feel it. May you be astonished by the heat.

May you start a new tradition with people you love. May you start a new tradition all alone. May you step back into old traditions that make you think of your childhood.

May you take in the early darkness without grief. May the long nights make the light sweeter.

May you catch a snowflake on your tongue.

May you warm your body under thick blankets, your hands by radiators, your feet in old slippers.

May you read children’s books. May you listen to old music. May you work with your hands.

May you bake sweet breads and share them with people you don’t really know. May you eat warm soup.

May you bundle up and go on walks. May you return with pink cheeks and full lungs.

May you make your home—whatever that may be—beautiful in some way. May you hang twinkle lights, or pine branches, or icons. May you sweep the floors and put away the dishes.

When you see someone in need, may you give freely and naturally, as if you had no other option, as if sharing what you have was still a rule. May you have the eyes to see those in need.

Blessed are you when you do not fear the winter. Blessed are you still if you do.

Blessed are you when you endure the growing pains of compassion. Blessed are you when you bless the snow and do not curse it. Blessed are you when you look at the gray of the sky and see angels.

Blessed be the bare trees, the hoarfrost, the clouds of our breath in the air.

Blessed be the blue skies when they come. Blessed be the sun, and the stars.

Blessed be the winter. Blessed be the world. May peace reign.


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Oh, my, Ann. How wonderful!
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Old 12-07-2019, 06:27 PM
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Yes! It's perfect.
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Old 12-08-2019, 03:06 AM
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I hit the jackpot at the local library a few days ago, scoring a TON of Smithsonian magazines (one of my faves) from the used-magazine exchange racks. The one I started reading yesterday had this article in it, and I wanted to share, to go along w/the Robert Frost poem:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-...and-180972502/
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Old 12-08-2019, 05:30 AM
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That is an awesome article, HP. Lovely pictures as well as a great narrative. Thanks for bringing it here.

I cannot leave without one more winter poem by dear Robert Frost...


Good Hours

I had for my winter evening walk—

No one at all with whom to talk,

But I had the cottages in a row

Up to their shining eyes in snow.



And I thought I had the folk within:

I had the sound of a violin;

I had a glimpse through curtain laces

Of youthful forms and youthful faces.



I had such company outward bound.

I went till there were no cottages found.

I turned and repented, but coming back

I saw no window but that was black.



Over the snow my creaking feet

Disturbed the slumbering village street

Like profanation, by your leave,

At ten o'clock of a winter eve.


~Robert Frost


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There is much more to Robert Frost and his work than I knew, that's for sure...
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HP I'm so glad you posted that article. I remember it - I had a subscription, which I'd allowed to expire. I think I'll renew it.
How great that you found all those issues.
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I used to subscribe too, Hev, but then I couldn't seem to find any more discounts on the subscriptions and decided I would let mine go, too. I really do enjoy it and I am VERY excited when I get a whole bunch of second-hand ones!
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This is new to me, I stumbled upon it this morning and liked it a lot. I think it is headed toward my "treasures".

Were I God I would dive
into the darkest shadows
of being human,
into profound pain,
outrageous loss,
unbearable suffering,
embracing all the tears and the joy I could find,
and I would swim towards Light taking with me
as much of the brokenness everywhere and of all time
as I could gather.

Were I God I would live in despair and in hope.
I would be the inspiration of a poem,
the rainbow, the dew on the grass,
the color of fall, the gentle breeze,
the kind word, the tender touch,
the laughter of children.
I would abide in every flower,
every seed, every cry and sigh,
I would be the possibility of each new moment.

I would be weakness finding strength,
never lording it over others,
but in every humble service,
pitching my tent among the poor,
preferring the outsiders.
I would nestle in vulnerability:
risking and giving Self.

Were I God I would hide
so subtly within all creation
that I could never be caught.
I would be so unutterable
as to resist being talked about,
and hate the name "God"
remembering the oppression
done in my name.

I would exist beyond any word
any symbol, any possible expression,
but I would dwell in every human groan.
I would avoid expected places:
some pulpits, rituals, churches.
I would never be snared
by theology, religion or even prayer.
No sacred book, system or creed could capture
or contain Me... my incomprehensible awful immensities.

I would exist solely to be given away,
with heart not mind,
never to be comprehended or
held by safe orthodoxy:
far more verb than noun.
I would be yearning for freedom,
passion for justice, thirsting for peace,
searching for truth, craving for affirmation,
ardor for sharing, the making of love,
and the ecstasy of surrender.

I would be in every form of hurting
and its transcendence.
I would be gleamed in lowly favors, generosity,
courage, simplicity, compassion
but especially in forgiveness.
I would be aborning ever new
in the bruised and lonely heart.
I would be found more in doubt than in certainty
more in questioning than in righteousness.
I would need to be intimately concealed
because the human ego is so ready to use Me
to elevate itself by judging others.
I would despise the use of presumed truths about
Me to divide the human race, for every sectarian purpose.

Were I God I would enjoy leaving clues, riddles
and traces everywhere, being tracked only
by valiant searchers.
I would glory in the incompleteness of my creatures
and all of my creation, knowing that the human spirit
I sustain could triumph over any human mess
and bring love and equity even as I do,
out of chaos.
I would love transforming futility.

I would let myself be glimpsed in sunrises and sunsets
in the wonders of nature planet earth...
ship and voyager...
cosmic immensities
galaxies and darkness,
in human loving,
yearning and striving,
in quiet stillness and
becoming little
in EVERY human story.

~were i god - paschal baute


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"far more verb than noun" indeed! Thought-provoking, for sure...
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You've posted some beautiful prayers and pictures Ann, thank you, I love them all especially the 'good hours'. xx

"A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are for what you have."

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"The greatest obstacle to connecting with our joy is resentment."

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Something to strive for. Thank you, Daisy. I can try harder.
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This poem today reminded me of a walk on the Lake Ontario beach a few years back. The mist was subsiding as the sun began to shine through and at the time it reminded me of how light always makes its way through and that when it does, even the darkness/mist is beautiful.

I found the picture this morning, it's one of the few I have framed. I hope you can imagine yourself on that beach too and let the light touch your heart as it touched mine.


Remember
your own solace place
deep in your eyes
pure illumined silence

remember
to recognize your peace of mind
the source of light
even through the dark tunnels
sometimes crossing our lives

the soul only embraces events
received out of emanating light
no matter if it is clear to you
regardless of whether your thoughts about the world
speak truth or confusion to you
in your mind and memories

fighting your tears and grief
thinking you have hurt yourself
fearing you cannot forgive
afraid life is not trustworthy

I say to you
you are like
the most beautiful and gentle clay
forming and shaping
as the breakers brush against the cliff
always moving
changing
like a river that never ceases
you are one with the ocean's
altering horizons
where darkness meets light
and seasons shift
between our souls

don't be afraid
of what you do not understand
and cannot yet grasp
if you are lost
in the dark night of the soul
nothing has ever happened
that was not meant
even if your thoughts
tell you this is not so

we share the same intertwined heaven
we are carried and held in the same light
we are loved in the same light
light will not elude you

let every breath
fill your mind with peace
let your soul unfold courageously
in divine wisdom
and open itself for the beautiful things
that want to enter your life from the future

the greatest truth of love
the only thing that matters
is that you are alive

~intertwined heaven - samma himmel - sofie jansson


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we share the same intertwined heaven
we are carried and held in the same light
we are loved in the same light
light will not elude you
This poked me this morning. The light is there for each of us, for all of us at the same time.
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Outstanding, Ann. I love the picture too.
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Simply stunning Ann, both the prayer and the picture. Thank you. xx

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"You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger."

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