“While the (church) bells rang and echoed, Nell sat near the edge of the (ocean) water. Here was peace, she thought, and joy. She would never, never take either for granted. She would remember to give something back every day. Even if it was just a heel of bread for the gulls. She would tend what she planted. She would remember to be kind and never forget to offer a helping hand.” Dance Upon the Air, N. Roberts, 2001, p63 .
During this pandemic, I raided my personal library for guilty pleasures. I found the Three Sisters Trilogy by romance novelist Nora Roberts. Each book is dedicated to one of the three “witch-sisters”, empowering herself in a tangled legend of friendship, fate and history. In the first book, Nell has escaped an abusive husband and found an island retreat to begin a new life. She is taking a walk and sits by the ocean while she fills with joy and gratitude. Overtones of the transcendent surround Nell as she feels peace and hears church bells. Nell is celebrating what she has gained, vowing to protect it while she commits to being grateful and being kind to others, as well. Having lived through something bad she is lifting herself to higher living.
Similarly, as I limit my external life to my house and my neighborhood during this quarantine, contrary to the assumption of shutting down internally as well, I feel enlivened. The urge is to do more significant self-care and even kinder living toward others.
All around me I see the same thing in others. The un-breachable treasure of the heart, the capacity to love, is blossoming rather than dying.
“The rose bushes needed pruning – except I couldn’t reach the right branches; my back was stiff where it used to be limber. I tried again. The headache from last night lingered, my chest braced against intermittent jabs and my emotions elbowed each other like odd shaped glass jars in a box.”
Thus begins my inspirational, illustrated book, Stopping By the Side of the Road: A Tale of Dying, 2015. The story is meant for those facing dying, in their own life or the life of a loved one. The main character, who is unnamed, journeys toward an unexpected turn in her road plus surprise company. I will have a new edition with copies for sale when I speak on the experience of dying with a companion at Mystery to Me, a local Madison bookstore, on April 16th.
I am a member of an author group called 2nd Act Writers. We will be the April 2020 group at Mystery to Me Bookstore’s “Local Author Slam” on Monroe Street in Madison, WI on April 16 at 7PM. Other local authors that evening will be firefighter novelist Greg Renz, mystic chaplain memoirist Kathy Collins and incarceration/artist witness memoir author Judy Adrian. More on each of them and their books in my next blog.
Feb 14th, 2020
These are my happy trees for the holidays. The drawing came to me while I was talking on the phone with a good friend. I often draw while I am in long conversations on the phone. If the topics are lighter, it helps me connect with the energy flow of the conversation more than the ego parts of the conversation. When I got off the phone I looked at the line drawing and thought – wow, I think I have my Christmas Card! To me the drawing is about diversity and oneness. May peace and ease fill your holiday season! Love, Jody 12 2018
It is important that we hold an image of a healthy-climate-balanced-earth in our consciousness. If the only image we create with our minds is destructive-climate-change, then what takes hold of us is that image.
It is rather like the anti-war movement. Just that phrase – “anti-war” -brings up war. Mother Teresa said she would not attend anti-war rallies, but she would come to a peace rally.
So, daily in my prayer and meditation I have added images of Planet Earth where I see, feel, find words for imagining all living creatures and nature in physical/spiritual balance with each other, as per the laws of inevitable evolutionary progress. Please join me.
Imagine if the way to know what to do in our lives was inside us.
Imagine that our feelings are the divine guidance we need to decide.
Imagine if the most important question to answer YES to, and the only one to take action on was, “Does this make me feel happy?”
How would that change your life?
The spiritual-heart essence of humanity is often excluded from the world discussion on our problems today. This is a grave error. Historically this essence has been expressed though the religions of the world. Also, in modern days the conduit for this aspect of human life comes though the consciousness movement, unity body practices like yoga and tai-chi, noetic sciences and holistic medicine and healing. Without factoring in this spiritual-heart aspect of being human, society will certainly corrode. It will be without a rudder to steer through the rough waters. Why? Because the human society without an emphasis on the essence of being human – the spirit-heart – will collapse into itself. Society cannot exist without the core capacity of being human, reflected through the human heart, any more that the solar system can exist without gravity.
See my discussion on this idea and many others on this podcast with Prashant Noel of Imaginally.com – New Thought Website. Recorded August 2017.
Art from Wonder Woman movie, 2017 – great message on why humanity is worth saving and claiming our power.
I am realizing that it is important that we hold the image of a healthy-climate-balanced-earth in our consciousness, as we act on the problems. If the only image we create with our minds is destructive-climate-change, then that image takes hold of us.
It is rather like the anti-war movement. Just that thought of “anti-war” brings up war. Mother Teresa used to say she would not attend anti-war rallies, but she would come to a peace rally.
So, daily in my prayer and meditation I have added images of planet earth where I am seeing, feeling, finding words for imagining all its living creatures and nature in healthy physical/spiritual balance with each other, as per the laws of evolutionary progress and health.
The event of my life that fits in this category is the fall of Berlin Wall. I grew up with the sense that the Wall was as inevitable as the Rocky Mountains. When it fell, it was miraculous to me. It still is.