Be Still And Know …


Be still and know I Am God…

~~Psalm 46:10

Hello all ūüôā¬†¬† Blogger slacker strikes twice in a week, how bout that?

I’ve had lots of calls and emails this week about things going on in Japan, in the States, in personal and professional lives…lots of stress for people right now.¬† In times of stress–and I realize this is counter-intuitive for some folks–but in times of stress, I think it’s helpful to remember that usually the best thing we can do is get quiet, regroup, get still and just breathe.¬† It is only in the present moment that you can¬† hear the still, small voice whispering in your ear… kind things, loving things, reassuring things, helpful things.¬† That other voice…the one taunting you about mistakes of the past or fears of the future, the one that says you must be perfect, accomplish more in a day, hold on tighter, work harder, run faster and not rest…that is the voice of the oppressor, not the voice of the Divine. In this time of global tragedy, upheaval, turmoil and unrest, I think some deep breaths are in order.

So I was thinking that perhaps a gentle reminder to listen to the still, small Voice might be helpful today.¬† One of my favorite reminders¬† comes from The Vision of Enoch, found in a larger text called the Essene Gospel of Peace.¬† I’ll let the scholars and archeologists and theologians hash out what they believe is true or not true or authentic about the origin or intention of that piece of literature.¬† I’m honestly not concerned about that so much, I’m much more interested in the sweetness¬† of the content.¬† This is one of my favorite prayers and regardless of origin, I think no prayer is ever wasted.

So with that in mind….May you find the Vision of Peace¬† within.¬† May you hear a still, small voice whispering that you are good, that you can rest, that you can know and be known, that you¬† are safe and all is well.¬† If you are so inclined, feel free to share that stillness and rest with others, or at least aspire that they can also experience that level of peace and rest.¬† Be still and know Divine peace and love surround you and dwell within you and that you can trust the process of life.¬† Be gentle with you, have a great day and remember to breathe.¬† And enjoy Enoch! ūüôā

THE VISION OF ENOCH

God Speaks to you

I speak to you.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I spoke to you
When you were born.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I spoke to you
At your first sight.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I spoke to you
At your first word.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I spoke to you
At your first thought.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I spoke to you
At your first love.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I spoke to you
At your first song.
Be still
Know I am
God.

I speak to you
Through the grass of the meadows.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I speak to you
Through the trees of the forests.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I speak to you
Through the valleys and the hills.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I speak to you
Through the Holy Mountains.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I speak to you
Through the rain and the snow.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I speak to you
Through the waves of the sea.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I speak to you
Through the dew of the morning.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I speak to you
Through the peace of the evening.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I speak to you
Through the splendor of the sun.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I speak to you
Through the brilliant stars.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I speak to you
Through the storm and the clouds.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I speak to you
Through the thunder and lightning.
Be still
Know
I am
God

I speak to you
Through the mysterious rainbow.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I will speak to you
When you are alone.
Be still
Know
I am
God

I will speak to you
Through the Wisdom of the Ancients.
Be still
Know
I am
God

I will speak to you
At the end of time.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I will speak to you
When you have seen my Angels.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

I will speak to you
Throughout Eternity.
Be still
Know
I am
God

I speak to you.
Be still
Know
I am
God.

Whole Hearted Courage


Courage is the power to let go of the familiar…

~~Raymond Lundquist

Hello all ūüôā¬† Blogger Slacker returns…

I took this pic a few weeks ago in¬† a remote place called Cathedral Canyon, in The Middle Of Nowhere, Missouri.¬† To reach this place, you have to leave all that is familiar, drive 2 hours from a major city, then hike¬† even further¬† into the more-middle-of-nowhere.¬† I must say~~ it was totally worth it.¬† The pic doesn’t do it justice.¬† I spent a few days in that part of the world, totally off the grid and reconnecting with myself.¬† It was lovely in a million different ways.¬† During that time, I pondered why it is that I often have to leave all that is familiar on the outside to reconnect to what I love that is familiar on the inside.¬† But that is another blog post for another day.

I was thinking today about all of the horror in Japan, reflecting on the impermanence of everything we think is familiar, all we hold dear.¬† The funny thing is that as things change or become unfamiliar, the human tendency is to engage in our familiar patterns that often don’t serve us….old patterns of shutting up or down, lashing out or in, running away instead of running toward the change.¬† Yet there¬† is so much change happening all the time and that’s what we call life.¬† When we like the changes we say things are going well, when we don’t like the changes we say they aren’t.¬† But that’s familiar too.¬† I think it takes real courage to go with all the flows of life, to swim through what might feel like a tsunami with an open heart.¬† I’m amazed by how many people are able to do just that and I’m grateful when I can do it myself.

This is a time of Lent for some…fasting, prayer and reflection.¬† This is a time of loss and horror for others…unprecedented, horrible loss on a scale I can’t even begin to comprehend.¬† This is a time of joy for others…birth, new jobs, new homes, dreams coming true.¬† This is a time of death and illness for others¬† and on and on the list of changes goes.¬† No matter what the circumstance, it takes courage to face it and walk through it with an open mind and heart. And in the middle of it all, in the middle of all the magic and all the tragic, we all crave connection with others.¬† I have come to believe with my whole heart that the only way I can have a connection with you is if I have a connection with myself first.¬† And, at least for myself, I feel most connected in a helpful way to myself if I feel connected to the Divine and all of the ways in which God moves within.

All of this¬† made me think of Brene Brown and her work.¬† Brene has done some very interesting research in the fields of courage, compassion, shame and how to live with a whole heart.¬† She speaks of the original meaning of the word “courage,” meaning to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.¬† Her research is very interesting and beautiful, I’ll post a clip at the end of one of her TED talks.¬†¬† It’s well worth the 20 minutes or so it takes to watch.

As you ponder courage and living life with a whole heart…If you are so inclined, please remember those for whom this is a hard or tragic time.¬† If you are further inclined, perhaps you could hold yourself and others in the gentle and loving space of a whole heart, or at least hold the aspiration that you can do so, for yourself and others.¬† We are all we’ve got, sweet friends.¬† And I think it’s important to remember we are all enough.¬† YOU are enough.¬†¬† Yes, you. May you go forth with that knowing and the courage of a whole heart of peace and kindness toward yourself and others.

With that, I leave you with Dr. Brene Brown, her bio and video.

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Brené spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses the questions:

How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough ‚Äď that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?

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