Let This Darkness Be A Bell Tower, by Rainer Maria Rilke
Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,
what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.
In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.
And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.
Sonnets to Orpheus II, 29
It’s been eight days since Hurricane Sandy struck. We still have boats on Piermont’s Main Street and many businesses remain closed. Now, winter storm Athena is snowing and blowing outside my window.
Heaven help us, the gods must be angry.
And yet, I am lucky and grateful and marveling at how fast change swoops down upon us.
Thank God for the steadfastness a regular yoga practice brings me; for the peace that is only a breath away and for the deepest lessons, often wrapped in pain, that bring me closer and closer to home.
If you’re on the path of awakening, these events are rich in lessons. Here are some insights about who we are being called to become in these weeks preceding 12/21/12, what Barbara Marx Hubbard refers to as the shift to the First Age of Conscious Evolution.
Now, I’d like to share what’s been moving through me lately.
My Eight Revelations of Sandy
- 1. We are intimately interconnected, in fact, we live inside each other. Thich Nhact Hanh calls this ‘inter-being’.
- 2. Each one of us has a huge depth of moral capacity that is activated by our responses.
- 3. Compassion is spontaneous, contagious, and knows no limits.
- 4. Tough times reveal and build character.
- 5. Selfless service heals the server as much as the servee. It is love in action and a necessary response to heal trauma
- 6. Your stuff is not important. We can all live more simply.
- 7. Daily practice of yoga and meditation keep you healthy, calm and able to respond rather than react.
- 8. Each one of us is responsible for and being an advocate for the Good, the True and the Beautiful. This means taking a stand for upholding justice, finding innovative solutions to deal with reality and protecting creation.
What are your lessons, insights and heartbreaks from this challenging time? I’d love to hear.
We’re all in this together.
Much, much love to all,