Spiritual Companion

March Newsletter 2019

On Valentines Day the Portland Valentine Phantom visited the city, including Fort Gorges in the middle of Portland Harbor, spreading love everywhere.

The Valentine's Day Bandit struck in dramatic fashion on Tuesday, spreading a heartfelt message on Fort Gorges in Casco Bay, possibly the best - or the scariest – yet.

The Phantom even made it, several exhausting days later, to our family on Glenwood Avenue, posting Hearts on every door in the house.


Visits are precious moments of conscious contact, when I make the effort to create present-moment contact with another person, another being; they come first, and have my complete in-the-moment presence: I offer eye contact, no agenda, an open heart, complete attention.

A visit can be much like a meditation on intimacy, only for the  benefit of the other person. Of course, it is a privilege to be this intimate with a person of my choosing. (And sometimes not of my choosing!)

I hope it is a privilege for them, too, but that is secondary. First is my intention to visit with my whole being, heart and soul.


Welcome to this new day. Sailing offshore out of sight of land, I watched hour after hour as the waves formed, peaked and melted away. Here is another day in which to form, peak, and melt.
Let any noise, inside or out, recede into the background so that silence comes forth into the present here. Feel the great quiet come from both the earth below and the sky above…
Find and feel your physical being. Notice the space that you occupy in the world, this way that you are in the world with your body: breathing, alive, and moving. Your feet, your legs, your middle, your chest, your arms and head, are all the expressions of you.
Feel your feelings stir and awaken. Perhaps it is some small tenderness, a flower bud forming, so fragile, paper-thin. Protect it, nurture this first feeling, whatever its source, whatever its name.
Some essence is birthing all the time with every breath. Help it along. There is integrity here, who you are. Encourage your spirit to come, to be present and to express. Let it shine through your eyes as you see and as you are seen today.
May you go into this day with the knowledge that you are like a wave in the ocean, a small brief part of something so vast that it stretches your imagination, so deep that you see yourself differently.
Your gift today is forming.

This Morning Blessing Blessing Letter is available as a recording on YouTube at

Spiritual Companionship
meetings available by appointment.
 (see contact information below)


Insight Timer

Insight Timer is the free meditation app that now offers online courses. I am recording Morning Blessing Letter meditations and a new 10-day course
based on my book Essence: The Emotional Path to Spirit.


Coming Spring 2019:

We’re Gainin’:
Collins Brook, A Maine Free School
A Memoir


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Rev. Dr. Jacob Watson

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