Solid Ground

Put my feet on solid ground,

Well, as solid as anything

That’s made of vibrating strings

Of energy and emptiness can be.

I’ll walk, assisted by gravity

And hold fast to the flow of constant change.

Under it all or through and through, above and below there is a hum,

Something to rely on.

Stay with that.

Sing.

The song is the only stable thing.

I Invited Pinky

And ring finger to do spider exercises on the guitar.

It’s time I learn to stretch and strengthen.

For too long I’ve been afraid to really learn to play and practice in a more technical manner. I usually just get all dreamy and make up funcky chords.

I’m stretching beyond my comfort zone because the same old strains are getting old.

It’s part of getting younger. We grow and grow comfortable then inevitably change.

Growing with no fear of growing old makes your whole life stretch out before you, 60 is the new 16.

My Mind is a Rabbit

Running all over the white page.

If only I could be as still and quiet as snow

Maybe then I’d know where and how to begin the Great Work I feel I ought to undertake.

The piles of rubble from one attempt after another hem me in so it seems all I can do is wait for a strong wind to shake things up, to change the landscape. The castle walls have crumbled.

Thank goodness!

See? A dandelion grows up through the cracked bricks and a bee, sipping her morning tea sees me watching and is not disturbed.

She is surely a teacher using metaphor and nectar to drive home the point that too much planning brings a kingdom to its knees.

Maybe that was the Great Work that I needed to accomplish, to be brought to this place of humble suplication, asking for assistance, for guidance, for a way to make sense of all this.

The dandelion, a weed with many medicinal properties sways by the weight of the bee’s tiny feet. The wild beauty that grew when I let the walls fall down turns out to be the most valuable thing.

Temple Of Light

This is a litany very similar to the one in I Claim This Life; in fact it is just a version that is easier to memorize and chant. Also, it felt wrong to say I claim instead of I offer because it is God who heals and does all the work. It seemed awkward not to make that distinction. I wanted to make the distinction that I am offering all to my Higher Power and not simply swelling up my ego.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light, I am.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light I am well.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light I am young.*’

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light I am strong.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light, I am a healer.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light I am in harmony with nature.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light I love.

‘I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light I serve.

‘I offer this body as a temple for light and by the power of Light I am joy.

I offer this body as a temple of Light and by the power of Light I work.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light I play.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light I sing.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light I rest..

I offer this body for a temple of Light and by the power of Light I have everything I need.

I offer this body for a temple of Light and by the power of Light I praise the light.’

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light I am kind.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light I am humble.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light I have compassion.

I offer this body for a temple of Light and by the power of Light I have serenity.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light I am patient.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light I have clarity.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and by the power of Light I am generous.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and because of the Light I have hope.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and because of the Light I radiate peace.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and because of the Light I am confident.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and because of the Light I see Light.

I offer this body as a temple for Light and because of the Light I am holy.

Now repeat the last 27 lines only focus on the mind instead of the body.

Repeat again and focus on the soul instead of the mind.

Repeat again only say, “My life” instead of body, mind or soul.

That will take you to the end of 108 beads on a standard mala

Conclusion:

I surrender my entire life, body, mind and soul to the Light with gratitude and peace.

Amen.

  • What do I mean by saying I am young? This is in reference to Psalm 92 in which God promises we will be young and full of sap even into our old age. It is true, too. I think that 60 (my age) is the new 16. I feel weller and weller every day