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Circle Dance

Tickling the green

A beautiful spring day and sacred circle dancing led by Maureen and Andrea at my neighborhood park…

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.”
—John Muir

“I know nothing, except what everyone knows if there when Graces dances, I should dance.”—W. H. Auden

“The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere.”—Empedocles

“When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of Creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open, and love steps forth to heal everything in sight.”—Michael Bridge




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Snails

One weekend, when I was attending a drumming circle at a park near the bay, I discovered many snails. Usually, I just find them in my yard, after a rain, or when I had a vegetable garden, eating the leaves and flowers of what I was trying to grow.

I found not just one, but many, all climbing up the stalk of a certain weed. Since I saw saw many (not my usual sightings), I wondered if that was a message for me. Before I looked up what might be the symbolism of the snail, these were my thoughts:

  1. It carries its home with it every moment, just like a turtle. With a single breath, one can come back to the present moment, and one’s center.
  2. The snail’s pace is to move slowly. Don’t hurry, be patient.
  3. Its spiral shape suggests a time for re-grouping, re-assessing, evaluating what to let go of.

I found a few other insights from www.whats-your-sign.com

In that website, Avia mentioned that snails have both male and female reproductive organs. So, to me, that means developing positive stereotypical male qualities, like confidence, concentration, etc. Well, it is good for everyone to have a balance of both male/female positivities.

Avia’s friend, Mederi, said that snails have 2 kinds of slime for moving about, one for moving, and the other is for protection. She goes on to say:

“Symbolically, this begs the question, “What facilitates our mobility?” Most of us might not want to be covered in a literal slime to get us moving in the right direction. But, metaphorically, we can focus on things that motivate us to move. We might call it “motivational” or “inspirational” slime…What lubricates your ability to get up and do something? Do as the snail does…get slickered up and move forward in a positive direction.

The second kind of snail slime is protective. They excrete a specialized goo that keeps their tender bodies insulated from harm. This slime helps snails avoid injury while they’re on the move. The slime also has healing qualities too, so if they do get a boo-boo, their slime gets them on the mend in double time. Symbolically, this links snail meaning with healing. Perhaps you’re going through a challenging time with your health. I’d like to encourage you to envision yourself covered in a protective, nurturing, healing slime.”

Or do the things you know will be healing for you…




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Towards the One

 

Towards the One

“All numbers are multiples of one, all sciences converge to a common point, all wisdom comes out of one center, and the number of wisdom is one.”
 
– Paracelsus
 
 
“I tell them there are no backwaters. There is only one river, and we are all in it. Wave your arms, and the ripples will eventually reach me.”
 
— Scott Russell Sanders in “Writing from the Center”
 
 
This is a collaborate group collage done for Amma’s Circle of Love Letters a few years ago.
 




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Centered

 

“God of peace,
you are at the center of my life,
a strong refuge of peace
in the whirlwind of my pain.
I look to you for strength
and a constant assurance of hope. ”

— Joyce Rupp in “Out of the Ordinary”, Ave Maria Press

 

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Joy Is Our True Nature

“A state of permanent joy, hidden at the very center of consciousness, is the Eden to which the long journey of spiritual seeking leads. There, the mystics of all religions agree, we uncover our original goodness. We don’t have to buy it, we don’t have to create it; we don’t have to pour it in; we don’t even have to be worthy of it. This native core is the essential core of human nature.

We are made, the scriptures of all religions assure us, in the image of God. Nothing can change our original goodness. Whatever mistakes we have made in the past, whatever problems we may have in the present, in every one of us the uncreated spark in the soul remains untouched, ever pure, ever perfect. Even if we try with all our might to douse or hide it, it is always ready to set our personality ablaze with light.”

—Eknath Easwaran, p. 260, “Words to Live By”, Nilgiri Press

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