I’ve spent many years learning
how to fix life, only to discover
at the end of the day
that life is not broken
There is a hidden seed of greater wholeness
in everyone and everything.
We serve life best
when we water it
and befriend it.
When we listen before we act.
In befriending life,
we do not make things happen
according to our own design.
We uncover something that is already happening
in us and around us and
create conditions that enable it.
Everything is moving toward its place of wholeness
always struggling against the odds.
Everything has a deep dream of itself and its fulfillment.
–Rachel Naomi Remen, My Grandfather’s Blessings (composed as a poem by Meg Wheatley)
Practice/Experience: I welcome you to sit with this poem. Read it through a couple of times, swishing it around as you might with fine wine. Attempt to experience it not just with your mind but with your being. Be gentle with yourself.
Pay attention to the various words and phrases that seem to stir your spirit.
Now, holding those words and phrases - not too tight - invite the Spirit to speak to you about these.
- What images, ideas come to mind? (Don't strain, just let them rise.)
- Pay attention to your emotions?
- Is there an invitation of the Spirit? Are you sensing a nudge to press in a little deeper or respond in some way in response to the Spirit?
- How specifically will you respond to the invitation?
End with gratitude - a prayer, a song, or a couple of deep breathes.
I'd encourage you to write your thoughts and your experience with this poem in your journal as a reminder and an encouragement.
I'd also welcome you to share your experience in the comment section below if it is something you'd like to share.
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