Recently I had a memory from a summer 30 years ago when my son first began to speak in sentences. With the warm weather, our windows were open to the outside and, first thing in the morning, Jeff would run from window to window with greetings of "Good morning neighborhood!" in his loudest voice. This memory asserted itself as a wisdom teaching of joy, presence and practice. Jeff's inner compass propelled him into this greeting, fueled by his natural delight for life and his innate knowing of inter-connectedness. He would awake happy and ready to share his happiness with everyone, those he could see, and those he could not see, but trusted were there, feeling embraced by community beyond his family. Expressing his full presence in the moment, Jeff engaged in his morning welcome repeatedly; it was a summer of exuberant salutes to our neighbors. Now grown, Jeff continues to express exuberant greetings to everyone he meets and shares joy wherever he goes. As life has woven our years together
Jeff continues to be my teacher just by being who he is, living with joy and presence.
In this space I will offer reflections on my perspectives on life and spiritual practice. And, in the spirit of reciprocity, would like to hear from you and your life perspectives as well.
With all that has unfolded and continues to unfold in our lives, my summation is that we, as a civilization, are collectively living within a spiritual crisis; we are yearning for authentic connection, on all levels, and the opportunity to discover and reveal our truest selves.
It is time for us to make shifts and changes, individually and as communities, to serve each other, take care of each other and find creative ways to live and be together that involve the skills of respect, deep listening, collaboration and cooperation. Let us cultivate inner and collective resources to plant seeds of healing and renewal for all of us.
An invitation to practice
Put your bare feet on the ground and feel a connection to the earth. Be outside in nature as much as possible this summer, rain or shine, and, whenever possible, release those toes from your shoes or sandals.
As I am always open to new ideas and feedback, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any comments of any nature.
With Love & Community,