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December Newsletter 2017



 
Gatherings or Rituals

(holiday, funeral or otherwise)


 
This Fall, I attended the annual reunion of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center staff, in New York. We have the tradition, inspired by Elisabeth, of gathering together in sacred space (which could be anywhere, made sacred by our very presence) to tell the truth of our present-moment life. In the middle of the weekend, I received distressing news of the death by suicide of my cousin. I shared this with my companions, and what I was feeling at the moment: shock, sadness, anger, helplessness, love, remorse. I did not need words in response, but eye contact, attention and felt compassion. Underneath my natural emotions lies something that does not change.

African teacher and story teller Malidoma Some says: “The purpose of ritual is to create harmony between the human world and the world of the gods, ancestors and nature.”

By sharing my pain with them I could experience my suffering in mirrors around the small room. In that depth I was held. There was no place to go. Besides, the pain would have followed me anywhere I tried to hide. In the shared experience I was not alone, but held so that I could not only feel the pain, but also feel myself as separate from the pain, in a place of the gods, my ancestors and the natural world.

Space opened up. A reminder came that while I feel pain, I am not pain. As sharp as it felt at the time, it is a tourist in my life, not a resident.

 

At the World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy national convention, at an early meal I found myself (witness) saying, "I do not want to talk about the past."
I want to be awake in the present, yes where fear might arise, yes in unknown territory, but also where infinite possibility lives, the sacred realm, brought into the moment.
We know the past is gone, the future not yet. Even the present is fleeting - there is goes! But I am here. But who is "I"?

The eternal you, me, available in this, the present. An everyday gathering shifted ever so slightly but powerfully into ritual.
"Are you in there? I'm in here." 
Can we be real, in the present?



At the Remembrance Day Candlelight Service at Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Cemetery we gathered to read the names of those family members and friends who died in the last two years. We created a sense of harmony between the two worlds. I spoke the name of my cousin, gone in one way, yet remembered in the present moment. Thus what could have been a social gathering was transformed into a sacred ritual.


It's not lost on me that the above stories are from the past. I have a story, but I am not my story. How can we free ourselves from our stories to meet in the present? When we can, we transform a gathering into a ritual, and thus welcome the sacred into the present.













New video recording from Enso Morning: Daily Meditation Gift of Creativity:


https://youtu.be/W8D0htN8OSw

 

Please join me when I share stories, meditations and spiritual practices from my book

Essence: The Emotional Path to Spirit

Saturday, December 2 at 1:00 p.m. at Sherman's Maine Coast Bookshop,
49 Exchange Street in Portland.
 




 




Holiday Sale:

Enso Morning: Daily Meditation Gifts  ($24.95) and
Essence: The Emotional Path to Spirit  ($20.95)

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