Everything is Waiting for You
Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.
— David Whyte
from Everything is Waiting for You
©2003 Many Rivers Press
This weekend Kathy Jennings http://www.kathyjennings.com and I co facilitated a weekend in honor of Imbolic ( the cross quarter holiday on the wheel of the year) and the emerging OM Sanctuary http://www.omsanctuary.org .
It was a weekend in which each of us dove deep into the connection of breath, sounding, and discovering our fluid bodies with movement and sound created by each of our unique bodies. Friday evening the beautiful renewal room at OM Sanctuary (formerly Richmond Hill Inn) was open to the public and some friends from the surrounding Asheville community joined in a 3 hour “Dive” (as Kathy and the founder of this somatic/breath therapy, Emilie Conrad calls it).
Later that evening we explored further and dove deeper into the significance of this time of year in Earth Based Spiritual Beliefs. We had some story and sewing time, as we created herbal dream pillows and explored themes shared by Continuum Movement and the Goddess Brigid, such as” The Sacred Well of Life “, and Renewal and Inspiration that the lighting of candles and keeping of the hearth fire calls for us.
Sleeping with our herbal pillows and calling to the deep wisdom within us became a theme for the weekend.
Saturday brought deeper dives, further exploration of breath and sound with Kathy, the sharing of delicious foods (see recipes below) and herbal teas made with flowers, mugwort and other dream inducing plants. We slept and dreamt together that night after an extended period of silence, sharing only breath and sounds to sooth and elicit the wave motion of our personal continuum.
Silence was not broken by speech until late in the morning, when we shared our dreams, impressions, visions.
More movement, sound healing, walks on the sanctuary land and personal blessings were offered. Parting meal was shared, more ceremony and the hope that this Sacred place would thrive. We left with lighter hearts and a deepening to abide the rest of the Winter …. to hold us till Spring.
“This is our first home, our primordial field. The fluid in our cells is our birthplace, our memory of the creative matrix in which all life is summoned.” Emilie Conrad – Life on Land
Here are some of the Teas and a soup recipe that I made for us:
Soothing Heart Sleepy Tea
(To ease anxiety and help the spirit rest in the heart at bedtime)
1 pinch Fo-Ti Root
1 handfull Chamomile Flower
1 small handful of Hawthorne berries
1 Handfull of Hawthorne Leaf and Flower
1 Handfull of Red Rose Petals
Boil 2 quarts of water, add herbs (you may soak roots prior to boiling if you like). Tun down heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and serve in the evening while preparing for bed.
Bed of Flowers Exotic Dream Tea
( for sweet, exotic dreams, and advice from the ancestors at dreamtime)
1 handful Red Rose Petals
1 handful Pink Rose Petals
1 handful Lavender Flower
1 handful Chamomile Flower
1 handful Mugwort Leaf
Heat 2 quarts water to a boil. Add herbs and reduce to simmer. Strain and serve. Promotes vivid dreams and deep sleep.
Alert Brain Tea
(to help the mind focus and become alert)
1 handful peppermint leaf
1 handful Schizandra Berry
Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Add herbs and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and serve.
Saturday night Dinner:
Greek Lemon Soup (Avgolemono)
(Recipe from Silver Palate Cookbook)
6 cups Chicken Broth
1/3 Cups Rice (not instant)
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup lemon juice
garnish parsley and lemon slices
Bring broth to a boil, add rice, reduce to simmer and cover about 25 minutes till rice is cooked.
Meanwhile whisk egg yolks and lemon juice together.
When rice is cooked, whisk yolk/lemon into soup.
Retun soup to medium heat and stir constantly til soup is just steaming. Seasin to taste.
I added grilled chicken breast to the soup for a heartier dinner and served with artisan rolls, butter and green salad.
Big thanks to the beautiful participants, to Katy Jennings, Shelli Stanback, and all the staff at OM Sanctuary. This weekend has given us deep stamina to continue our lives and create our deepest desires with courage and joy.
OM SHANTI SHANTI