Snowy rain fell all morning, melting within minutes of contact on grass or road. A chilly dreary spring day after brilliant sunshine yesterday. Then I gazed at a thousand bees in the flowering tree. Today streaks of sunshine are embodied by goldfinches at my bird feeder. Sweet greedy little creatures fussing at the larger sparrows and the other males for their grip on a perch. I am awaiting to tune into the Buddhist meditation group by zoom, my new daily ritual during the week. I am so glad to share this hour with others in silence.
The above image is waves on a Kendal pond by my friend, Rebecca Cardozo
The following poem came about as I noticed how closely all three religions of Abraham’s descendants were celebrating their holy days of Passover, Easter, and Ramadan. It moved me to include the very Buddhist metta invocations beginning with “May all beings…” as well. Each verse includes specific references to the individual holy day.s
We were glad the Angel of Death
did not come to our door
we came together asking why?
we remembered ancient oppression and freedom
Are we still oppressed?
Are we free?
May all beings be free.
we will awake at sunrise
once more from dark
the manifold paths of
Love and Compassion
May all beings awaken.
In thirteen days
we will maintain our fast
remembering the Source
remembering those less fortunate
small sacrifices of gratitude
we share with those we love
May all beings be nourished in body and soul.
Ancestors of Abraham’s children
knew death and renewal
of every season
rituals, sacrifices, celebrations
cracking open the egg
May all beings inhabit fully the Mystery of Life.
4 thoughts on “Last Night”
Yes, selah. xoJ
Great pic J [of you but of the pond too]. Looking real goooooood. And what does selah mean to you? I’ve heard a dozen ‘meanings’.
Well it sure does not take a lot to turn you into a philosopher par exellence. But I guess these doins are giving us all such an opportunity. C & I and the pooch have been much more economical about our trips to food shopping [stocking up for longer stretches], but given our locale not much else has changed. Well, we have had to wean ourselves from being glued to the tube for far more time than is needed to get essential news. And we have to remember to be ‘carefully’ friendly with our ‘weekender’ neighbors who seem to be MUCH more in evidence these days. Peaceful holidays to you dear friend.
I bet people are flocking to their second homes. be safe and peaceful holidays to you and C, xoJ