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Good Friday Reflections

March 29th, 2013 (No Comments)
What message of life does the ‘Way of the Cross’ offer for thoughtful modern day pilgrims, of any culture or tradition?
Why does this annual journey from death into life continue to bear witness in the depths of my soul?

I set out this year into the season of Lent with an intention of searching for answers to these questions. Simply, I sensed I was being called to walk out into the wilderness with two guides. Jesus holding one hand and Earth the other.  I must say that initially Earth felt a lot more alive during these weeks; this ‘son of man’ figure more like a historic, loving sage than the ever present friend of former days. Still, my soul remained open, searching for renewed meaning in this life-long journey of faith.

This discipline of wilderness walking has been tried and true, solid ground in most faith traditions. Silence, solitude, stripping away the superfluous, delving into the shadows of soul, listening deeper – all of this brings us more closely attuned to the earth of our being, to being more fully human, fully natural. Most of the time we don’t choose this path but it chooses us. This season has convinced me even more that if we are willing to bear the stark vulnerability of the clarity this awareness reveals, then an even deeper sense of connection comes with All that is. Choosing to be all that we are, despite the pride, fear and shame, moves us into fresh connection in relationship within our own selves as well as with all of Earth’s beings, human and non-human.

Today, I’m particularly struck by the image of Pope Francis boldly kneeling down and washing and kissing the feet of Muslim, women prisoners. What a ray of hope this brings. It feels like a part of the Great Turning. When a traditional authority flagrantly refuses the trappings of power, and honors the unique sacred quality of the poor and the suffering, then we see Jesus in action.  Joanna Macy’s recent book, Active Hope – how to face the mess we are in without going crazy, speaks to this way of life that turns upside down the ways of consumerism, power, and violence. The journey for us modern day pilgrims is to define our place in this web of life that offers each of us freedom and dignity to live out all of our birthright gifts; for each of us and for this our Earth, our  family home that is so threatened.

I am recognizing afresh today that the brokenness of the cross, which was both forced on and chosen by this unique son of man two thousand years ago, offers us even today a key to the upside-down ‘kingdom of God.’  This is a system of both individual and communal power where each conscious step reveals our inner vulnerability, our brokenness, and moves us and this planet toward becoming the change we seek. It is through intention, and a re-alignment with our own life-force compasses that we can move though the confusing complexity of our modern world. We can then know the guiding, loving hands of both Earth Mother, and the energizing wisdom of God, Oneness, Allah, Spirit – however we name that name of Life beyond the visible.

Ring the bells that still can ring,

Forget your perfect offering.

There is crack in everything,

That’s how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen’s signature Anthem, viscerally depicts broken systems of power, government, and broken people, and yet in one clear refrain offers the hope of life beyond the darkness of despair. It is my choice in this life to keep creatively building and offering safe and beautiful places for broken and feisty souls to show up and find the light streaming through their cracks. It takes courage to not stay on the crosses of our lives. As Parker Palmer just said in his blog today – there is a “threat in choosing resurrection.”

 

Today I choose to abundantly live this life of Earth being.

To be of the Earth is to know
     the restlessness of being a seed
     the darkness of being planted
     the struggle toward the light
     the joy of bursting and bearing fruit
     the love of being food for someone
     the scattering of your seeds
     the decay of the seasons
     the mystery of death
     and the miracle of birth.
                                       
–John Soos

 

 Carol Kortsch

March 29, 2013

The Spaciousness of Spring

March 6th, 2013 (No Comments)

spring stream.jpgAre you feeling the season turning?

 Do you notice the light and warmth from the sun intensifying, the bird calls changing almost daily now?

 Are you watching the greening tips of spring bulbs popping up out of freezing earth?

 How about your body – are you ready for a burst of spring energy, or do you need a few more weeks to snuggle back into your winter lair?

Does spring break mean an escape to the southern warmth of summer, or to the snow packed mountains for a few    more skiing runs?

This month our meditation at Stonehaven will be with the spaciousness of this time of year.snowdrops.jpg

On what it is like to stand at the brink of deep change and yet also wait for the time to come. 

How do we hold our emotional place on Earth when all around us change is in the air?

How do we live out of the paradox of being contained in a human body when our spirit has a life of its own, and our environment affects us so profoundly?

                                            Gunilla Norris has called this “thawing into spring” – how lovely!

On March 8, come for few hours and reflect the “Spaciousness of Early Spring.” We’ll be taking time alone, outdoors (as weather permits,) and in a safe circle space guided by group touchstones that evoke individual soul growth. This is another in a year long monthly Friday Garden Meditations at Stonehaven from 1:00-3.30pm. We’ll be exploring some of these questions, looking if the lotus plant shows any signs of life– maybe this remarkable plant offers inspiring ways to look more deeply into subtle growth that occurs during seasonal changes of our lives.

Join us! Let us know if you are coming please. More information about Stonehaven and this program can be found at stonehavencommons.org

NEW!   Starting next month, we will be offering both Friday and Saturday Meditations – both with similar content. Do plan to come to anyone one of these:

March 8

April 12 or 13

May 10 or 11

June 14 or 15