Friday, August 5, 2022

What Now?


 Edith Eger survived a Nazi death camp
so I can't begin to know a thing
about her experience, however,
her words got my attention today
and I am grateful for her insight.
They helped me begin to catch where I find myself
looking for a scapegoat to blame
or a savior to rescue me from
whatever troubles I find myself encountering.
There is a part of me which curses
the way I was taught 
to look outward for solutions.  
To rely on some supreme being
 to manage everything  in my life.
I am undoing that programming.
It is no longer remotely useful.
kastilwell


Thursday, August 4, 2022

Too Shy To Ask For Rain


We've been getting more than
our share of rain recently.
Yet, this quote strongly
activates a response in me.
My shoulders drop in
surrender to the recognition.
However, I find that when 
I can acknowledge the difficult truth
I often discover a helpful response
presents itself in an unexpected manner.

 This is only one of the numerous delightful
and thought provoking entries
in this wonderful book.
I encourage you to check it out.
kastilwell



Wednesday, August 3, 2022

When the Smell of the Earth Meets the Smell of the Trees


 This is something I would not have thought
until I encountered these words.
Now that I have encountered them,
I am beguiled by what they spark in me.
I will be bringing this wolf along 
when I walk in "my" forest.
I will take note of the smell of the earth
and the smell of the trees.
It's lovely when someone gives you
a new view of your everyday world.
kastilwell

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Bravest Love and Fiercest Hope


 Thanks to my sister for sending
this thought to me yesterday.
While Knost is focused on parenting,
I believe this applies to each of our
personal journey toward wholeness.
(I love the imagery of textiles.)
The idea of wielding our looms;
or pens or brushes or instruments; 
with the bravest love
and fiercest hope 
is exhilarating.

kastilwell

Monday, August 1, 2022

Shoreless Seeds and Stardust.


 There is a measure of relief in recognizing
how little control I have.
To simply experience the ride.
To recognize I choose the lens
from which to witness the unfolding.
And I can switch from macro to wide angle,
 close in or zoomed out,
still life or video.
And I can witness from outside the frame
or experience the adventure
in real time, live the action
from inside out.
A wide range of options
available for my choosing.
Mary Oliver says it best.
"You only have to let the soft animal of your body. 
love what it loves."
kastilwell


Friday, July 29, 2022

Grant Me The Wisdom

It is refreshing to encounter worn out quotes
enlivened with the chrism of evolutionary thinking.
Breathing new life into tired phrases.
They've worked hard for their time
and we a grateful 
for they have led to this expanded view.
May we continue to quicken our thoughts.
Breaking ground for growth and change.
kastilwell

Here is the entire piece.

Grant me the serenity to accept myself as I am,
to refuse to be at war with my own flesh,
to tend to my needs, my pain, my fears,
gently and without judgment.

Grant me the courage to receive
the accountability of others
that supports my unlearning of dominance,
encourages me towards healing,
and challenges me to deepen
my practice of love.

Grant me the wisdom to know the difference
between invitations to learn
and reasons to self-loath;
between the posture of perfectionism
and the labors of freedom and transformation;
between the entrapments of guilt and shame
and the joy of doing things differently.
In all things, lure me in the ways of liberation,
collective and intimate.

Rev. M Jade Kaiser
enfleshed liturgy library


 

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Water In Our Body

This adds to the thought of becoming
like a river.
I love the idea we are...
"More weather pattern than stone monument."
And also being "a thunderstorm a week ago".
There is something deliciously dazzling
about being a part of so many
astonishing elements of our world.
I believe I'll choose to be
part of a most amazing sunrise,
or a pod of whales,
or a kaleidoscope of monarchs, 
or Havasu Falls.
So many beautiful options.
kastilwell