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Summer Rest

Summer Rest

June 16th, 2012 (No Comments)

Sixteen of us soul gardeners sat in a circle yesterday afternoon and considered how to find rest in the midst of our active work in the world. Most of us hadn’t met, some came directly through Meet-Up, others just longing for a quiet break from their busy days.  Each of us came with our story and each of us found some echo in the garden that spoke to our soul.

For me there is nothing more joy-filled than preparing and hosting these retreats. This is where my soul rejoices – lots of hard work in planning and reflective preparation, but the joy of sitting and welcoming each soul into this space at Stonehaven is truly the highlight of this season of my life. I read this today and thought it captured best what brought meaning to our ‘Be the Garden’ retreat afternoon.

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from  Howard Thurman from Meditations of the Heart

How good it is to center down!
To sit quietly and see one’s self pass by!

The streets of our minds seethe with endless traffic;
Our spirits resound with clashings, with noisy silences,
While something deep within hungers and thirsts for the still moment and the resting lull.

With full intensity we seek, ere the quiet passes,
a fresh sense of order in our living;
A direction, a strong pure purpose that will structure our confusion and bring meaning in our chaos.

We look at ourselves in this waiting moment — the kinds of people we are.  The questions persist: what are we doing with our lives? -
What are the motives that order our day?
What is the end in our doings?
Where are we trying to go?
Where do we put the emphasis and where are our values focused?
For what end do we make sacrifices?
Where is my treasure and what do I love most in life?
What do I hate most in life and to what am I true?

Over and over the questions beat in the waiting moment.

As we listen, floating up through all the jangling echoes of our turbulence, there is a sound of another kind — A deeper note which only the stillness of the heart makes clear.

It moves directly to the core of our being.
Our questions are answered,
Our spirits refreshed,
and we move back into the traffic of our daily round
With the peace of the Eternal in our step.

How good it is to center down!

 

 

 

Can you smell the lavender?! ….

                      … here’s to deep summer rest!

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