Practice Day 39: Sometimes it is Enough.

Theme/Mantra: “Sometimes, it is enough”


Reading:

Sometimes by Sheenagh Pugh

Sometimes things don’t go, after all,

from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel*

faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don’t fail,

sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.


A people sometimes will step back from war;

elect an honest man; decide they care

enough; that they can’t leave some stranger poor.

Some men become what they were born for.


Sometimes our best efforts do not go

amiss; sometimes we do as we meant to.

The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow

that seemed hard frozen: may it happen to you.

(*muscadel are a grape used in wine)


Meditation:

Heart Meditation- a visualization practice.

Sit comfortably, with your eyes closed.

Bring your forefingers and thumbs together to form a triangle over your heart center.

Exhale.

Inhale through your nose.

Exhale fully through your mouth.

Repeat for several rounds.

Lower your hands to your sides and ask yourself the question: “If my heart were planted what would it grow?”

Sit with the question for a while.

Breathe deeply as you visualize an answer or an image.

Focus on the visualization.

Breathe.


Physical Movement:

Thunderbolt and Butterfly

Sit in a kneeling position, thighs on your calves and legs about 6 inches apart.

Face forward with your arms resting gently on your knees.

Close your eyes or gaze at a spot on the floor as you breathe deeply.

Rest Quietly.

Think to yourself, “I am fully present in my body, in my own consciousness-- and it is enough.”


Now change your position.

Sit with you back straight and your legs out in front of you.

Pull the soles of your feet together and interlace your fingers around your toes.

Roll your shoulders down and away from your ears.

Lower your knees toward the floor without forcing the stretch.

Breathe deeply into the stretch. Allow the groin muscles to relax a little more with each exhalation.

Repeat, “I receive goodness. I radiate happiness. I am content. It is enough.”


Reflection:

Another day for two songs. A good mix of Gregory and Carrie. Time will tell reminds me that there is so much we don’t know. Mystery. So much there is yet to be revealed. And the gathering of spirits reminds me there are a thousand ways to kiss the ground.

Combined with Sheenagh’s message that sometimes our best efforts don’t miss their mark- and somehow in all of this, I have hope. In time. In permission to find my own way. There are multiple rights in the world. There are multiple “goods.” There is comfort in the truth that sometimes it is enough.

And that what I do, how I try, my greatest efforts, my greatest failures all work together to be … my life. Let us live our lives with courage and hope in liberty.



Song: Time Will Tell by Gregory Alan Isakov

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wepBAVq_3jQ&list=RDGMEMc6JZQrQ__ROET3gGdz-Trw&index=19

Lyrics:

Turning in the grain again

The bells begin to chime


Time, she says,

"There's no turning back,

Keep your eyes on the tracks"

Through the fields, somewhere there's blue

Oh, time will tell, she'll see us through


Howling out,

The windy hills

And all the time we took

You should know just how it steals

Keep your hand on the wheel

And through it all, somewhere we knew

Time will tell, she'll see us through


And all fire and flames took all we trust

We're kicking up dust

Stations fade just like they do

Oh, time will tell, we always knew


Oh, time will tell, we always knew



A Gathering of Spirits by Carrie Newcomer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy_98ZErMcM

Lyrics:

Let it go my love my truest,

Let it sail on silver wings

Life's a twinkling that's for certain,

But it's such a fine thing

There's a gathering of spirits

There's a festival of friends

And we'll take up where we left off

When we all meet again.


I can't explain it.

I couldn't if I tried

How the only things we carry

Are the things we hold inside

Like a day in the open,

Like the love we won't forget

Like the laughter that we started

And it hasn't died down yet


[Chorus]


Oh yeah, now didn't we

And don't we make it shine

Aren't we standing in the center of

Something rare and fine

Some glow like embers

Like a light through colored glass

Some give it all in one great flame

Throwing kisses as they pass


[Chorus]


Just east of Eden

But there's heaven in our midst

And we're never really all that far

From those we love and miss

Wade out in the water

There's a glory all around

And the wisest say there's a 1000 ways

To kneel and kiss the ground

Until Tomorrow: Peace


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