So many women have been raised with an attitude of “interior violence” toward themselves. In this gift of succinct wisdom Ardine Martinelli helps us examine how we do and don’t care for ourselves. You will discover more inspiration and practical guide posts on her blog, listeningtomylife.blog
Please take a moment to feast on this helpful guide for truthful living.
In June, even though I couldn’t see the lake I at least had a piece of it. On this August morning thick underbrush enveloped me and I lamented the loss of the lake.
At first I felt closed in and irritated that the city had not followed through with its mandate to prune. What about the common good and our need for beauty, after all? A practice of sitting ensued and soon I felt protected by the semi-circle of green, holding me, shielding me from the pending evil about to descend on Portland Oregon today.
Earlier I had sent loving kindness to the far right hate groups Patriot Prayer and Proud boys, due to hold a rally there. I sent loving kindness to the counter-protesters. I imagined nonviolence prevailing.
At the lake I imagined the overgrown green surrounding all of them with love and nonviolence and I called on all that is holy to shield them from the evil of hate. The little lake that I love is not what I needed. Nature knows best.
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hatewatch” has experts all over the country monitoring hate group activity. Here are some links that detail the rally in Portland today. Heads up Washington State voters. Our primary ballots are due this coming Tuesday. Are you aware that one Republican candidate running for U.S. senate is Joey Gibson, the leader of Patriot Prayer?
THAT SHAPES THE EYE
Can easily open the Drawer
That lets the spirit rise up and wear
Its favorite costume of Mirth and laughter.
When the mind is consumed with
Remembrance of Him
Something divine happens to the Heart
That Shapes the hand and tongue
And eye into
The word Love.
in The Gift: Poems by Hafiz, the Great Sufi Master (Compass)
trans. David Ladinsky
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