Practice Day 31: I Move in hopeful Expectancy Today.


Theme/Mantra: “I move in hopeful expectancy today.”


Reading:

Dawn Revisited by Rita Dove

Imagine you wake up

with a second chance: The blue jay

hawks his pretty wares

and the oak still stands, spreading

glorious shade. If you don’t look back,


the future never happens.

How good to rise in sunlight,

in the prodigal smell of biscuits—

eggs and sausage on the grill.

The whole sky is yours


to write on, blown open

to a blank page. Come on,

shake a leg! You’ll never know

who’s down there, frying those eggs,

if you don’t get up and see.


Meditation:

A Meditation of the Firefly

Sit with your spine comfortably erect. Exhale completely.

Inhale through your nose, imagining a standing wave rising in your body.

Exhale through the nose, imagining light emanating from every pore of your skin.

If you are inclined, you can call on the spirit of the firefly and ask, “Be with me and help me to emanate light as naturally and effortlessly as you do.”

Continue for a few minutes.

Physical Movement:

Cobra

Lie face down, with your brow touching the floor in front of you.

Keep your buttocks firm and your feet close together.

Put your palms flat on the floor under your shoulders.

Inhale as you curl your upper body, slowly raising your brow, nose, chin, shoulders, and chest.

Your pelvis remains on the floor.

Relax your shoulders and arms. Breathe.

Slowly lower your body, waist, chest, chin, nose, brow.

Pause.

Repeat.


Reflection:

I hope you have time to listen to the song today. Surely, the words stand alone, however I really love the sound of the music. It creates such a sense of positive anticipation in me- of the sun rising- and of vines climbing up the walls- of hanging laundry and myriad other daily chores. And yet in those daily everyday things, there seems to be a hopeful expectancy…. Enough to get up and go see who is in the kitchen making breakfast.


Song: June Hymn by The Decemberists

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhg2Zf3PnaU&list=RDxJpfK7l404I&index=15

Lyrics:

Here's a hymn to welcome in the day

Heralding a summer's early sway

And all the bulbs all coming in

To begin

The thrushes bleating battle with the wrens

Disrupts my reverie again


Pegging clothing on the line

Training jasmine how to vine

Up the arbor to your door

And more

You're standing on the landing with the war

You shouldered all the night before


And once upon it

The yellow bonnets

Garland all the lawn

And you were waking

And day was breaking

A panoply of song

And summer comes to Springville Hill


A barony of ivy in the trees

Expanding out its empire by degrees

And all the branches burst to bloom

In the boom

Heaven sent this cardinal maroon

To decorate our living room


And once upon it

The yellow bonnets

Garland all the lawn

And you were waking

And day was breaking

A panoply of song

And summer comes to Springville Hill


And years from now when this old light

Isn't ambling anymore

Will I bring myself to write

"I give my best to Springville Hill"


And once upon it

The yellow bonnets

Garland all the lawn

And you were waking

And day was breaking

A panoply of song

And summer comes to Springville Hill



Until Tomorrow- Peace


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