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Perhaps I’ll Be Less Quiet Soon…

BIRDSONG

I set out tonight on the wood trail
along the stone wall, across the bridge,
and up the sky topped hill.

The sun poured down
a silky sovereignty,
making honey of the fields…

Pausing there
in the evening air,
I allowed my thoughts to still.

I do not need
to list right here
the dark cries of the world…

Yet the wild bird of the soul
still sings- softly,
fierce and sweet.

And the birds in the thicket,
too, have not given up
their song.

And you, my friend,
how are you?
We’ve been quiet far too long.

~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff
(from a new collection in the works, A Book of Love & Wonder)

There is a line from a poem by Odysseus Elytis which made me gasp with recognition when I first read it.  I can’t even count the number of times I have rewritten it in my journal. It captures how tongue-tied I’ve felt of late, and yet how I have longed to keep pouring my love into the world. It is this:

“I have something incomprehensible to say,
like birdsong in the time of war.”
-Odysseus Elytis

I wonder how many of us have been feeling this- this longing to continue to live our love; to live in Love; to pour love into the world, and yet the news of the day, the atmosphere of the day, almost makes an expression of love seem incomprehensible.

I was mugged once.  I was in my twenties, walking alone down a dark city street.  Suddenly I was surrounded by three very hostile women who kicked me, pulled me all around, and stole whatever they could from me.  And I just watched it happening.  I went absolutely quiet.  It was so astonishing to my innocence that I didn’t have a response.

I think of this now because I’ve been feeling mugged in one way or another fairly often these past few years… going along cheerfully and then finding myself shocked and astonished when presented with another facet of reality.  Sometimes it knocks me sideways, and I go very quiet.

I don’t want to react with cynicism or fear.  I still want to live with the vision and the conviction that Love is the best energy we have for addressing the world’s problems.  And I want to keep finding the ways that are the truest and most effective ways for me to serve through this love.  We each have our own particular ways of doing this.  Incomprehensible, perhaps, but neccessary- like birdsong in the time of war.

 

 

A Life Cherishing Force

…if you look closely, a red geranium on the windowsill!
This time of year, especially, (cold New England Winter) I love to find hidden treasures of color…little surprises everywhere. ..

Mary Oliver wrote that “Poetry is a life cherishing force.”  I walked with this thought this morning, and thought, cooking is also a life-cherishing force… and gardening… dancing, kissing, nursing a baby, walking around the block, even sweeping the kitchen floor.  It seems to me that all acts of creativity, caring, and celebration are life cherishing forces, when our hearts are aligned with gratefulness, with love….  what is, for you, a life cherishing force? Couldn’t you list at least a dozen that would apply to this moment – to today?

Breathing!
Singing!
Teaching!
Kindness!
Praying…
Eating…

Living in Love E-Celebration, now free

I don’t know where this image came from.  I love it.  It holds the beauty of the natural world, of relationship, playfulness, creativity, savoring…. We are in the home stretch of two artisan fairs a week here on Martha’s Vineyard.  At each fair, I fall in love several times.  I’ve met so many loving, open hearted people- people who are determined to participate in this world with as much hope and love and creativity, …dignity, gratitude, openness, friendliness, generosity, integrity, equality…. and I want to Give more, Do more, Be more, Pour more love into the world.

It has occured to me that one way I might do this is to make my Living in Love E-Celebration free.  I created it several years ago,  and tried to make it as beautiful, centering and uplifting as I possibly could.

If you are craving a little beauty by which to strengthen your sense of spirit as you begin the day, check it out.

The call for Love

Cute baby girl smelling giant orange rose. With back light

I’ve been pondering the difference between the energies of love and those of anger for creating change.  What I’ve realized, for myself, is fairly simple.  While anger may feel like a great motivator for change, it tends to draw on fear and drain me.  It works through my nervous system like a toxic chemical, leeching my strength.  Love both motivates and energizes- it feeds and sustains the drive to create change.  For me this is the difference between a protest and a rally.  When I hear the rallying cry for Love, I know that it doesn’t mean to ignore situations, or to pour honey all over them.  It means to draw needed strength from a healthy and sustainable source.  The Call to Love is the call to draw strength from Love, (especially when feeling anger) to draw strength from a faith in goodness, affection for life, and a vision for a healthy & peaceful world.

Questions to be with:

In what ways do you draw strength from love?

What vision for the world gives you energy & strength?

 

Pouring love into everything

 

 

 

I’ve been adding Rose quartz hearts to a number of my gifts- sweet little ones to The Joy Box… The namaste Love & Oneness Blessing Bundle…  They just seem to add that certain something….

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Here are two pages from the book The Way of Love.  I hope they are as helpful to you as they are to me.

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Peace & Love Heart Stone

 

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I’ve been thinking about Love a lot lately- as that energy I want to be sourced in, that I want to feel more than anything, and that I want to act and react from.  I’ve been considering that love isn’t always roses and peaceful feelings- though Love is most likely the best way toward peace.

It seems to me that Love is that peace-promoting, life-sustaining, energy-enhancing, harmonious, healing, dynamic, creative, wise, infinite and affectionate Presence that is pulsing within us and the whole world…. if one were to attempt to name it…. Love isn’t passive… Love is, well, Love.

I hope to, with practice, become more skilled at choosing Love over worry or fear, and acting from Love.

Did you know it’s been said that rubbing a worry stone between your thumb and fingers triggers pressure points that release mood enhancing endorphins and help reduce stress?  Well then, I thought, why not carry a heart stone, with the intention to source oneself in Love?

One of my favorite things to do is to create and wrap magical gifts: gifts that come from the realm of inspiration, oneness, Love… It brings me so much joy to wrap them and imagine the delight they will bring to their recipients.

This week in the studio I created a sweet new gift offering– a peace and love rose quartz heart stone wrapped in a parchment of gentle suggestions.  It is my hope that in times of trouble, stress, conflict, or even despair… these might contribute a little toward Love, happiness & healing.

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This Peace and Love Heart Stone is available here.

Beauty for tired eyes


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beautiful, fresh, magical

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Saraswati, Goddess of poetry, the River of Eloquence, generosity of spirit…roses, honeysuckle, strawberries in a bowl…

A few friends have been gathering with me on Thursday mornings to write; to share reflections on what it feels like to be a channel- to open up for something that wants to come through.

This morning, Kimberly talked about a retreat she recently led- how people came, dropped their bags of daily tasks, and dove gently into the sacred.  She reflected, smiling a big smile- sparks of joy in her eyes, “Everyone has such a beautiful, fresh, magical spirit inside.”

Yes. Indeed. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Invitation:

Who are you when you put down your bag of daily tasks?  Have you felt your own beautiful, fresh, magical spirit lately?

xx

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