Friday 27 January 2017 "Psalm 126" - A Song of Ascents

https://open.spotify.com/track/2Urw2FGFCqSaPhhH9DpAzx

(Bifrost Arts feat. Molly Parden)

Our mouths they were filled, filled with laughter

Our tongues they were loosed, loosed with joy

Restore us, O Lord

Restore us, O Lord

 

Although we are weeping

Lord, help us keep sowing

The seeds of Your Kingdom

For the day You will reap them

Your sheaves we will carry

Lord, please do not tarry

All those who sow weeping will go out with songs of joy

 

The nations will say, "He has done great things!"

The nations will sing songs of joy

Restore us, O Lord

Restore us, O Lord

***

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of[a] Zion,
    we were like those who dreamed.[b]
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy.

4 Restore our fortunes,[c] Lord,
    like streams in the Negev.
5 Those who sow with tears
    will reap with songs of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping,
    carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
    carrying sheaves with them.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 126:1 Or Lord brought back the captives to
  2. Psalm 126:1 Or those restored to health
  3. Psalm 126:4 Or Bring back our captives
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Tuesday 10 May 2016 "Journey" (excerpt) - Mark Strand

A journey continues until it stops
A journey that stops is no longer a journey
A journey loses thing on its way
A journey passes through things, thing pass through it
When a journey is over, it loses itself to a place
When a journey remembers, it begins a journal
Which is a new journey about an old journey
A journey over time is different from a journey into time
An actual journey is into the future
A reflective journey is into the past
***
A journey always begins in a place called Here
Pack your bags and imagine your journey
Unpack your bags and imagine your journey is done
***
If you're afraid of a journey, don't buy shoes

~ Mark Strand ~ (Chicken, Shadow, Moon & More)
***
Poem and Photo courtesy of Panhala

Tuesday 4 August 2015 - The Secret Life of Bees - Shavasana

In the sixth grade there was a boy in my class who had a steel plate in his skull and was always complaining how test answers could never get through to him. Our teacher would say “Give me a break.”

In a way, though, the boy was right. Every human being on the face of the earth has a steel plate in his head, but if you lie down now and then and get still as you can, it will slide open like elevator doors, letting in all the secret thoughts that have been standing around so patiently, pushing the button for a ride to the top. The real troubles in life happen when those hidden doors stay closed for too long. But that’s just my opinion.

Sue Monk KIDD
The Secret Life of Bees 
Chapter 9 (Communication - encode and decode information) 
Page 170

 

Saturday 20 June 2015 -- Total Attention and Letting Go Completely

Practicing with total attention within the body is advanced Yoga,
no matter how easy the posture;
practicing with your attention scattered
is the practice of a beginner,
no matter how difficult the posture.
~H. David Goulter

***

Savasana is the digestion of a practice,
the silence that allows you to absorb the sensations, feelings and sacred state of Being,
that helps to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit.
It is an experience of letting go completely,
and provides deep rest and healing for the body and soul.
~Gora Wen

Saturday 24 May 2015 - Invocation

Om namah shivaya gurave
Satchitananda murtaye
Nishprapanchaya shantaya
Niralambaya tejase.

I bow to the goodness within myself, the true Eternal Teacher.
The essence inside of me takes the form of pure joy, pure awareness and bliss.
Always present, luminous and full of peace. This essence is my true nature.
Independent in its existence, full of light, and always supporting me.

Saturday 16 May and Tuesday 19 May - It Is I Who Must Begin - Vaclav Havel

It is I who must begin.
Once I begin, once I try --
here and now,
right where I am,
not excusing myself
by saying things
would be easier elsewhere,
without grand speeches and
ostentatious gestures
but all the more persistently
-- to live in harmony
with the "voice of Being," as I
understand it within myself
-- as soon as I begin that,
I suddenly discover,
to my surprise, that
I am neither the only one,
nor the first,
nor the most important one
to have set out
upon that road.

Whether all is really lost
or not depends entirely on
whether or not I am lost.