lift your voice – in laughter, in weeping

BLESSING THAT BECOMES EMPTY AS IT GOES

This blessing
keeps nothing
for itself.
You can find it
by following the path
of what it has let go,
of what it has learned
it can live without.

Say this blessing out loud
a few times
and you will hear
the hollow places
within it,
how it echoes
in a way
that gives your voice
back to you
as if you had never
heard it before.

Yet this blessing
would not be mistaken
for any other,
as if,
in its emptying,
it had lost
what makes it
most itself.

It simply desires
to have room enough
to welcome
what comes.

Today,
it’s you.

So come and sit
in this place
made holy
by its hollows.
You think you have
too much to do,
too little time,
too great a weight
of responsibility
that none but you
can carry.

I tell you,
lay it down.
Just for a moment,
if that’s what you
can manage at first.
Five minutes.
Lift up your voice—
in laughter,
in weeping,
it does not matter—
and let it ring against
these spacious walls.

Do this
until you can hear
the spaces within
your own breathing.
Do this
until you can feel
the hollow in your heart
where something
is letting go,
where something
is making way.


Quote: Jan Richardson
from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons

Image: “In the Emptying” © janrichardsonimages.com
(Inspired by Philippians 2)

Offering in Blue

 

Offering in Blue

May you meet each day with 
your head to the sky and your 
feet on the ground. May you 
repair the world by opening
your heart to others.

May you find the courage to 
carry what needs to be carried 
and the surrender to let 
yourself be held until 
you blossom.

Keep listening for the poem 
being written in your heart. 
It will speak truth to you 
the way wind parts the sea.


Quote: Mark Nepo
Image: Pinterest

willing to be changed

 

we are in a time when listening is so important. with a willing ear and tender heart – may we learn from one another and, together, change the world.


Quote: Mark Nepo

Consistent ’empty time’

Finding yourself doesn’t require that you fly to Tibet, join a convent, or build a meditation room.
Just consistently keep a minimal commitment to empty time. 

 


Quote: Martha Beck
Photo: Phil Koch