Dear Viriditas Community,
It is that time of year when the nights are long and the days are short. I love to curl up by the fire, light some candles and incense and REST. I know that much of the world is in a whirlwind of activity, and that as we look at the latest wave of violence and hatred that is exploding in certain parts of our world, we can at times be overcome with fear and overwhelm. I recently read the most helpful of articles. It is called San Bernardino Shooting: The Power Of Love and the Shadow of Hatred, by Fran Grace. I encourage you to read this article. Read it in small sections, there is a lot to take in. I felt such inspiration and solace from her words. Click here to read the article:
As this year comes to a close, I sense that my need for rest and nourishment is very great. In order to be able to rest, I am cutting back on many of my activities and am asking for help in ways I have never done before. I yearn to nourish myself on all levels. So yes, there is the physical level which is so important…healthy food and healthy drink, lots of silence and time out in the snow. Emotionally I strive to surround myself only with people who resonate with the deepest parts of my soul. I also love to watch the Denver Broncos! Time alone is also essential. I tend to get up earlier than the rest of my family members, so I can have some quiet time alone.
To nourish myself spiritually, I have enrolled in a course called The Mastery Of Mantra taught by Russill Paul, which will be a 5-month immersion into mantra meditation and yogic consciousness. I will be learning Sanskrit and exploring the power of the Upanishads. One part of the program that I am especially excited about is called Sound Body Subtle Body. We will learn how to place sound in our body to facilitate deep spiritual healing and spiritual self-care. We will awaken to how spiritual sounding affects the subtle body and stimulates energy in the chakras. We will tap the ecstatic experience of Tantra through tongue positions and feel the visceral power of sacred sound energize our bodies. I look forward to sharing my experiences with this form of spiritual self care with you in the new year. Stay tuned!
This time of year is also about gift giving. In that Spirit I would like to share a gift with all of you. I recently received a gift in the form of an email from my cousin Clare. Clare is a few years older than me. She lived with my family for a year when she was 18 (I was 13). We became very close and now many years later, my daughter Alicia is attending Scripps College in California which is only an hour away from where my cousin Clare lives. These coming years will give me the opportunity to reconnect with this dear cousin of mine. Clare recently sent me this piece of writing called The Train Of Life. When I first read it, I was moved to tears….tears of appreciation for this amazing opportunity to be human and to learn what love means. Here is The Train of Life, my Christmas/Hanukkah Gift to each and every one of you.
The Train of Life:
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side.
However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.
As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life.
Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize they vacated their seats.
This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.
Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.
The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down.
So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.
It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.
I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love. More importantly, thank God for the journey.
Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train.
(By the way, I am not planning to get off the train anytime soon but if I do, just remember I am glad you were part of my journey.)