Maybe this land on which we newly live can become a sacred center of learning earth spirituality, with a fire circle, a water pond, bird songs in the air.
Your journey on this small piece of land is valuable, not for some other purpose, but for this purpose–to restore your broken off heart to the land.
You have all the time you need.
This spiritual work is your work–writing about it, yes, teaching it, yes, but doing it, most important of all. Even if you do nothing else in your life, do this work.
Each step of the journey is holy. Remember the deer who appeared in the yard. Come outside. Dawn is the best time. “Vacation” really means “spiritual restoration” time.
Your calling now is to do the spiritual journey into Earth Community. That partially corresponds to your ministry at your congregation, and partially lies outside of that. (All congregations must go through transitions in this time.)
Teach a class this year on the Spiritual Journey Into Earth Community, based on the latest version of the book (Finding Our Way Home: A Spiritual Journey Into Earth Community).
Begin to explore self-publishing the book.
For health–rest, dance, walk, water, herbs, be outside.
Come outside, come outside, come outside.
There is no rush at all, just love, follow your deep passions.
The spirits are with you. Brokenness hurts–turn to the cardinals, the sun, weeping, diving into water.
Enjoy the beauty of each day. It is not all about goals and purpose and accomplishments–even green ones. See the beauty now. Feel the connections now. Be still.
Listen to your body.
You can find your joy and beauty when you sit outside in the morning and write–you know how to move into Presence. Write this down.
There is still more transformation that is possible. Your heart is in the universe and the universe is in your heart. I put my hand on your heart.
Think of how you get up each day in a world that is broken and anguished and live in a society that is divided and hurting. Think of how you feel the new sun and the songs of the birds. You are learning to feel the land slowly, so the grief doesn’t overwhelm you, so you can find the source of strength, the many ancestors.
Today is a day, not a preparation for something else–a beautiful, painful, blessing-laden day. Let your heart’s pain be awash in this day.
You are not an orphan. You are in the land where ancestor relatives were buried, the dawn places. Don’t panic. Don’t try to take the pain to someone else. Everyone is broken. Remember gratitude. Remember to honor the pain. Remember to see with new eyes.
Remember the magic. Breathe. Remember that a day may bring a beautiful surprise. Follow the Spirits’ lead. Flow with the River of Life.
Myke, this is a beautiful meditation, and a powerful reminder that part of our work is simply tending to our own pain without offloading it on others (the ones with less power, or anyone no matter how much power they have “who is not like us/me,” or the earth itself). thank you for sharing this. I feel art welling up within me in response, as water, as a prayer. Namaste.
thank you dear friend