Holding Presence

Gratitude List:
1. Did you see that sunrise this morning? The magenta clouds shot through with a golden ray?
2. An extra nap for the bad cold. Complete with cats.
3. The humidifier–may it last the whole winter.
4. Warm blankets
5. All the colors that we painted these rooms. Colors feed me through winter.

May we walk in Beauty!

Quotations for Today:
“You loose your grip
and then you slip
into the Masterpiece…”
—Leonard Cohen
“Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality-not as we expect it to be but as it is-is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there really is, in just this sense, love.” ―Frederick Buechner
Toko-pa, quoting and reflecting on Marion Woodman:
“Marion Woodman—Jungian, author, teacher, crone—taught me that what is most missing from our culture is the Mature Feminine. Mature Feminine, she says, is the ability to ‘hold presence.’ It is not divided attention, like the sort you feel when someone is psychically composing their grocery instead of listening to you. “I don’t have time for that,” she says. Holding Presence “is to love the other exactly as they are, not as you want them to be.” It is love without judging, without getting the other tangled up in your own unconscious, unlived life. “Holding presence is to create room so the other can grow into their destiny. They can feel that.””
This one is not just for mothers. I know people, men and women, single and married, parent and nonparent, who see all children as their own. I know that parenting has heightened this for me personally:

“Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate.” —Charlotte Gray

A Bright Red Cardinal

Gratitude List:
1. A bright red cardinal amid the brown twisting branches and vines of the bosque.
2. Songs this morning that healed my soul.
3. Humor. Humor helps me to keep it together.
4. Stories of goodness. Let’s just keep doing our little bit of good every day. We will perhaps be called upon to do big good things, but in the meantime, let’s keep doing the little good things.  And reminding each other of the stories we hear of goodness.
5. Afternoon naps, Legos and Percy Jackson. In other words, a restful Sunday afternoon.

May we walk in Beauty!

Always Free

<Prompt 26: Write a (Blank) Free, or Free (Blank) Poem, or both>

The poem that I wrote yesterday was in a Spanish form called shadorma.  Six lines, 3/5/3/3/7/5.  Today’s poem is also a shadorma.  I love the name.

You are free
to tell your story
as you please.
Always you
are free to shift the plot or
wander off the page.

2013 November 158 2013 November 149
The 1719 Hans Herr House and The Longhouse recreation

Gratitude List:
1.  Naps!  Especially this part: While I was napping on the couch, Joss found a blanket and carefully covered me up, then found another and fell asleep with it on the floor beside me.  When we woke up and I thanked him for taking such good care of his Mama, he walked over to me and kissed my hand.
2.  Parent-teacher conference.  Really, we have lucked out (seriously lucked out) with an amazing teacher for Ellis’s first year.  She likes his smile.  And his careful deliberation in his work.  And she loves to teach.
3.  Two people in my circles who have been on ventilators are breathing on their own, both waking up.  Thanks for all your prayers.  Recovery may be long and arduous, but the first bout of anxious waiting is coming to an end for their loved ones.
4.  Crossword puzzles
5.  Wool sweaters and hot tea

May we walk in Beauty.