July 22nd, 2012

"An invisible cloak to mind your life."

Thanks to Rev. Diana Moore via wholesalamander

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.
And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.
When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.
May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

~ John O'Donohue ~
Whole Salamander - "An invisible cloak to mind your life."

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The next week, i will be preoccupied with travel arrangements, travel, gambling, and relaxation.  We are not traveling far, 200 miles to the nearest legal blackjack tables and slot machines.  Those reading installments of  The Beatrice Tao will need to go todaily_ta for spiritual nurturance, and those following my "detective story" must wait  for the next breathtaking installment.

Between the ages of three and ten i moved seven or eight times, most of these moves were from the familiar to the scary and i came to hate them.  I am a reluctant and difficult mover and every trip feels like a move for me.  There was a time, after the kids were grown and before Dianne became disabled, when trips started to feel like fun.  But as getting up and going somewhere came to require more preparation and more stuff and more decisions it started to feel more like moving again.  I have liked the philosophy expressed by Lao Tze, Kaffka, and others that you can know more than you need or want to know about the world by staying right where you are.

Some of my LJ friends seem to me to be always on the move, from one post to the next they are in another city, another state, another country, or on another continent.  Others have trouble getting out of their bedrooms.  I find both extremes equally interesting, insightful, and exciting.

See you all in about a week.  Peace, love, compassion, and joy to and for all.