Under ordinary conditions, we’d be inspired into all manner of group outings and activities.
But we’re now 7+ days into our collective practice of social/physical distancing to flatten the curve of this new virus, which has demanded a change in how we connect and created a SURGE in our virtual communications.
These digital spaces are important. AND (as many of us have identified/lamented long before the pandemic) They are also draining.
(*ahem*…which is why it’s been nearly a year since I last posted on Instagram and why I’ve limited my posts on Facebook.)
So, as we continue to safeguard our physical health, I pray we are diligent about safeguarding our spiritual + mental health!
Safeguard your humor + joy. Safeguard your hope + faith. Safeguard your heart + mind.
It’s Spring, y’all! Things are/will be blooming!
May you rest in the energy of this season of possibility, growth, healing, transformation and things being made anew.
[Image Description: 5-second video of a Khalil Gibran quote from “The Prophet” that reads, “Let there be spaces in your togetherness” in white lettering on a blue background, with white arrows that fade in from the upper right corner + lower left corner to point toward the quote in the center. Credits for the content creation appear at the top in yellow lettering: 3jewelsyoga.com + radicalbodhicitta.com.]
Immensely grateful for the experiences and learnings that steered me to wrap myself up and rest in this wisdom as I approached the new year.
Abundantly blessed by all the experiences and learnings that have unfolded since.
Clarity. Ease. Holy Listening. Awe.
These have been the gifts of aligning in the unforced rhythms of Grace.
[Image Description: Photo of Lake Michigan in winter. Bright sky with clouds, blue waves cresting against the sand. The quote reads “Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.” — Eugene Peterson, Matthew 11:29 MSG. With 3jewelsyoga.com printed above it.]
Naps on naps on naps! In this season of soul-tending, I’ve been relishing a slower pace and a quieter schedule where I can rest in the mundane. A key part in spinning down from the fullness of activities in previous months has been to recognize and accept that everyday doesn’t have to be purposeful or productive!
Discovering the nap ministry during this period of reclaiming rest was a clear co-sign from Spirit to reset the tempo of my days.
Even if I don’t actually close my eyes, I’m enjoying the horizontal repose as often as possible.
i am an open heart — strong, free, full and clear as the bell itself.
i am soft-flexed knees,
gravity centered and recaliberated,
surfboard-steady and supple
to ride the waves of challenge and change.
turning away from that which seeks to diminish, defeat or undo me — i protect my borders, restore breaches, preserve the sanctity of wisdom well earned and compassion long cultivated.
turning toward that which fuels and fortifies me, i am a commitment to liberation —
cutting through artifice,
toppling the false idols of oppression,
and living (w)holy unperturbed
in the unalterable truth of my divinity.
Through our collective musing last Sunday, it became clear to me that “Transformative Love” is the energy that changes the shape of our hearts and minds.
As I become more and more of who I am — and something new — I am contemplating the question:
What does this look, sound, feel and act like in practice as we cultivate, celebrate, nourish, sustain and dissolve relationships?
Larry Yang’s aspirational prayer reminds us to lead with love girded with the honest and discerning awareness that — where love is not possible or present — we can at least commit to minimizing the harm.