Let Spring Spring You

In a previous post I mentioned that I was getting a bit  stuck with things this Lent and so this is a follow on post  from that in a squarish - roundish sort of way ! 

Today I am more aware than in my slump of yesterday that there is a power greater than myself moving the seasons, both seen and unseen... Lent is hard work !

“Every morning we must hold out the chalice

of our being to receive, to carry, and to give back.”

~ Dag Hammarskjold

"Spring is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere so instead of speeding up, let spring spring you! and for those in the Southern hemisphere  who are moving towards Fall, you need to soften your focus and  fall lovingly into the earth" 

The Greeks had a phrase called ekstasis, a "stepping outside" of the norm, away from the workaday preoccupations; a "kenosis", a kind of slow self emptying and forgetfulness that requires everyday practice all day and everyday.

From John O’Donohue, who is most well known for his beautiful book Anam Cara (which means ‘Soul Friend’). in this essay called ‘The Priestliness of the Human Heart’, wisely reminds me: 
"Though our souls were eager for the brightenings, we had yet to learn patience with the disturbance of the darkenings of God ."

There is a time for everything : a time for staying silent, a time for speaking.
A time for gathering stones , a time for scattering stones."

May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon.
May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.
May the flame of anger free you from falsity.
May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame and may anxiety never linger about you.
May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.
May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.
May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.
May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.

~ John O'Donohue ~

So I've moved  forward a little; by the grace of God ...

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