“Faith means living with uncertainty – feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark.”—Dan Millman
Breathing in, I see the sky in this flower
Breathing out, I feel spaciousness within me. I am thankful for this breath.
Breathing in, I see the sun’s rays reflected in this flower
Breathing out, I know the sun is in my heart, pumping blood, guiding my way.
Breathing in, I see a cloud in this flower
Breathing out, I know water is coursing through my veins.
Breathing in, I know that the flower’s roots transport minerals to the iris, helping it to stand up tall
Breathing out, I feel my feet connected to Mother Earth who nourishes me.
The space between Christmas and Epiphany is a special time. One year I attended almost nightly gatherings honoring Holy Nights at a Waldorf School. This is one song we sung:
One day, I noticed a nativity scene made by Mother Nature in the bark of a Chinese Pepper tree. I saw 3 kings on the right bending over the Christ child, with cherubic angelic faces above, and more angels on the ground peeking over the manger.
“Star of wonder, Star of night,
Star of royal beauty bright,Westward leading, still proceeding,
Lead us to thy Holy Light”
from the Christmas Carol “We Three Kings”
This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.”
“all of nature says “yes””
spring-summer-early fall, the leaves open to the light
collecting light for the tree
nourishing the trunk, the branches, me
collecting light for the roots
so when autumn and winter rains and cold comes
there is stored light in the roots
for the short days and long nights
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
“Your words to me are life and health; Pour strength into my soul; Enable, guide and teach my heart to reach its perfect goal. Your words to me are light and truth; from day to day they show their wisdom, passing earthly lore, as in their truth I grow. Your words are perfected in one, Yourself, the living Word; within my heart your image print in clearest lines, O Lord.”
– hymn by George Currie Martin, 1865- 1937