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Before me sat an angry young man,

Confused and wounded.

A soldier fighting too many enemies

And not know who they really were.

Before me sat an angry young man,

wanting his way in all that he did.

And not knowing what path to take to find his way in the world.

This young man,

reluctantly tried

to keep his armor from getting scratched by me.

Me, a worthy opponent he knew not what to make of,

let alone believe.

He struggled and fought and tried every trick.

And flashes of magic seemed to finally come, though sparingly at first.

A stumble, a trip, but still on his path

with book in hand, soon beginning to understand what it was all about.

Here sat before me

A handsome young man,

believing in miracles when he could remember that they were all around.

This young man, who had walked behind me,

unable to trust or love,

struggling to walk on the path,

was soon by my side.

We walked hand and hand

as fears were conquered and dreams became more real.

This angry young man is no more.

He opened himself up to all that Is

and his spirit began to soar.

This striking your man now knows

each day, that the greatest battle to fight is to Be each day.

Now god and miracles are not foreign land.

And strangers and enemies do not exist,

for we all are One,

no enemy left, except the past,

which melts away with each passing step.

And now this man

has become a soul friend.

Someone to be proud of

and stand by until the end

No longer his enemy,

no longer his guide,

blessed to see the

miracle of his growth and the wonder of this man on his journey.

By:  Jennifer R. Stevens,

for all my dear friends who have died of AIDS long ago and recently.

And to my only and dearest brother. . . You are not forgotten.

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Compassion

Chögyam Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Generosity. . . arises when the Bodhisattva is intoxicated

by compassion and is no longer aware of himself.  His mind is

not merely filled with compassion,

it becomes compassion, it is COMPASSION.”

~~Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Community

“There is an “allness” to community.  It is not merely a matter of including a matter

of including different sexes, races, and creeds.  It is also inclusive of

the full range of human emotions.  Tears are welcome

as well as laughter, fear as well as faith.”

~~M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum

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To Do What Needs to Be Done

“It doesn’t interest me

to know where you live or how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up,

after the night of grief and despair,

weary and bruised to the bone,

and do what needs to be done

to feed the children.”

~~Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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What Frightens Us Most

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

~~ Marianne Williamson, from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

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Beauty

“May I walk in Beauty before me.

May I walk in Beauty behind me.

May I walk with Beauty above me.

May I walk with Beauty below me.

May I walk with Beauty all around me.

As I walk the Beauty way.”

~~ Navaho Prayer

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Darkness Before Light

Truly, it is in the darkness that one

finds the light, so when we are

in sorrow then this light is

nearest to all of us.

~~ Meister Eckhart

I’ve written before that I think that death provides us an edge, to whole the container of our lives.

It provides us with some sort of outer limit, always there, even though most of the time we don’t acknowledge it.

And I think that is why I write this blog.

To remind us to acknowledge it.

Did you know that there is a field of study that actually looks at a phenomenon called Post Traumatic Growth?

It’s true. . . google it.

I have found, for me, that it is coming out of the darkness of grief or pain, when there was a sliver of light as contrast against the field of darkness, that I have found healing, have believed in a wholeness of sorts.

That was out of my view when I was in the midst of nothing but darkness.

It was out of my view when the sun shone brightly. . .

But it was in that moment when I was rounding the bend, starting up the hill, that I knew I had learned something profound.

I don’t know if I can say that I learned about friendship when I was blessed with the bounty of many friends.

I am not sure it was in perfect health that I understood how fragile mine was (or that of others).

I don’t think we truly understand the depth of love we have for someone until they are no longer in our lives. . . when the pain, physical, spiritual, psychological, etc. is so deep and so raw, that we get that a part of us has died along with them.

And just as light follows darkness, we get in touch again with the fact that we have lost a part of ourselves, our world and yet, nothing is forgotten or lost, we are just no longer in touch with it.

Read Thich Nhat Hanh’s book No Death, No Fear, if you really want to understand.  It is a powerful commentary on our interdependence and our impermanence.

I appreciate all those who stop by here for a little dose of my ramblings and my musings.

What a great privilege of today’s post modern world that we can all connect and share our lives.

Honoring the dark moments on your journey and the slivers of light that inform your path.

Metta, Jennifer

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By Doug Smith, MDiv.

“When we label some deaths right,

and other deaths become wrong.

When we label some deaths good,

and other deaths become bad.

Living and dying create each other.

The easy way and the difficult way are

interdependent.

The long life and the short life are relative.

The first days and the last days accompany each other.

Therefore, the true caregiver of the dying does all

that needs to be done without asserting herself,

and saying all that needs to be said without

saying anything.

Things happen, and she allows them to happen.

Things fail to happen, and she allows them to fail

to happen.

She is always there, but it is as though she is not there.

She realizes that she does nothing,

yet all that needs to be done is done.

In letting go,

there is gain.

In giving up,

there is advancement.

Don’t practice controlling.

Practice allowing.

Such is the mystery of happiness.

Such is the mystery of wealth.

Such is the mystery of power.

Such is the mystery of living and dying.

Excerpt from:  Caregiving:  Hospice-proven Techniques for Healing Body and Soul.

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Tree of Life

Tree of Life (Photo credit: sanctumsolitude)

They say we have been here for 60,000 years, but it is much longer.

We have been here since the time before time began.

We have come directly out of the Dreamtime

of the great creative Ancestors.

We have lived and kept the earth

as it was on the First Day.

All other peoples

of the world

come from

us.

~Aborgine Elder, Australia

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Calling Council

Moon and Saturn / Maan en Saturnus

“YOU HAVE SEEN HOW IT IS

that we are a Strong People –

one who has walked out

from a thundering Earth

and an Ocean that became sky.

YOU HAVE SEEN HOW IT IS

that we are a Wise People –

one who learns survival quickly

against a changing circumstance.

YOU HAVE SEEN HOW IT IS

that we are an Enduring People –

one who continues in the Chosen Purpose

against great difficulties.

YET YOU HAVE SEEN HOW IT IS –

–and she traced in the air

the closing of the circle of her thought –

that we are a Young People –

like small ones

whose teachers go away

before they have learned enough

who quarrel over the resolution of this and that

SO

LET US NOW LEARN HOW TO BE A PEOPLE

WHO SEEK THE WISDOM OF ORDERED COUNCIL.

LET US REMEMBER

HOW QUICKLY ONE WHO LEADS

MAY BE TAKEN FROM US.

LET US UNDERSTAND

THAT WHAT MAY BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR ONE

MAY BE POSSIBLE FOR MANY.

AND IF ALL THIS ESCAPES YOUR MEMORY

REMEMBER ONLY THIS:

SEEK THE WISDOM OF ORDERED COUNCIL –

HOWEVER MANY

HOWEVER FEW

HOWEVER OLD

HOWEVER YOUNG

SEEK THE WISDOM OF ORDERED COUNCIL.

Paula Underwood

The Walking People

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