Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute
Dear Viriditas Community,
Do you like surprises? For most of my life I have wanted to know ahead of time what would happen and when. I hated surprises. They felt like a jolt to my nervous system and were to be avoided at all cost! Ahhhh, how things have changed…
As the years have gone by I have learned to let go of my attachment to specific things or outcomes. More and more I am realizing that I do not want to control my life or the people in it. I have come to trust that I can find peace, strength and joy from the loving energy that flows through me and all around me. Now, I can be open to surprises, all these miracles that happen every day.
Last week was my birthday. I was out in the garden watering the flowers and vegetables. When I finished and walked up the back porch stairs, I saw the vase of flowers from my husband, David. He was inside peeking through the window, patiently waiting for me to come up the stairs and see the flowers. When I saw them, I squealed and grinned. Such joy I felt course through my body.
I encourage you to fill your hearts with gratitude for the surprises in your life. Stop focusing on how things should look, or should be. Let the loving energy flow and be surprised!
My two children are full of surprises. Today is my son Joshua’s birthday. He is 17 years old now. As I write this, he is having his hair dyed! I do not know what color he will settle on. He is a composer and DJ and lives and breathes music. I now love to be surprised by his latest composition and yes, his latest hair color! For my birthday last week, he created a song complete with the sound of elephants. Here are the lyrics
Mom, mother of mine,
You so Divine, oh yeah!
Mom, it’s good to know,
That you’re on my side, oh yeah!
Mom, you’re the best,
you should know that yeah!
Mom, helping me out,
Whenever you can, yeah!
Mom, doing the most, yeah!
Being the best, yeah!
Mom, supporting my path,
Making me laugh, oh yeah
Tomorrow is my daughter Alicia’s birthday. She will be 23 years old. She recently surprised me and cut off all of her hair! I am giggling as I write this. She is currently living in Los Angeles and is an intern for Dignity And Power Now (DPN). DPN is a Los Angeles based grassroots organization founded in 2012 that fights for the dignity and power of all incarcerated people, their families, and communities. Their mission is to build a Black and Brown led abolitionist movement rooted in community power towards the goal of achieving transformative justice and healing justice for all incarcerated people, their families, and communities.
I now love to be surprised by the latest video that Alicia sends me of her latest march! I invite you to view this video she sent from the recent Families Belong Together Protest March. Those of you who have known me for many years will recognize the rap you will hear on this video. Yes, it is The Black Eyed Peas rap that I performed all those years ago. Those lyrics say it all! Here they are:
New days are strange, is the world insane?
If love and peace is so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don’t belong
Nations droppin’ bombs
Chemical gases fillin’ lungs of little ones
With ongoing sufferin’ as the youth die young
So ask yourself, is the lovin’ really gone?
So I can ask myself, really, what is going wrong?
With this world that we livin’ in, people keep on givin’ in
Makin’ wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin’ each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin’ on, but the reason’s undercover
The truth is kept secret, and swept under the rug
If you never know truth, then you never know love
Where’s the love, y’all? (Come on, I don’t know)
Where’s the truth, y’all? (Come on, I don’t know)
And where’s the love y’all?
Here is a recording of me singing this glorious song: Where Is The Love? Sing with me you all, “It’s all we got….ONE WORLD!”
OK…dear ones…. I am off to get ready for our party tonight. We are having a barbecue for Josh and his friends and then we are all off to Denver to see The Book Of Mormon. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would see this musical three times! (Giggle) Gotta love those surprises!!!