Monday, September 8, 2008
Healing Energies and Flowers and Love
I am actually enjoying the recovery from gastroenteritis. I feel just delighted at my growing ability to control my bowels and the utter lack of vomiting. I don't mind the rest. I don't even care that I can't eat solid foods. Today as I got my daily exercise getting up off the couch to walk to the bathroom, I tripped over the hem of my long nightgown and fell AGAIN, this time landing on my right knee. I didn't even mind that too much. That's how nasty that gastro-e is.
I do have to cancel things and ask people for help. But I have lots of time to sit, rest, sleep, and when I'm really feeling ambitious, watch television. And think.
Here is a homily that will move you, I'm thinking, no matter what your beliefs. This is about love. It touched me greatly.
I am starting my nine-month Tend the Fire spiritual formation program tomorrow at my local St. Placid Priory. I am hoping to be up for the drive by then. Just under twenty-four hours from now. It begins with a six-hour retreat, which doesn't sound too strenuous. We shall see. I'm just so wanting to be there. In between now and then I'll try solid food and do what it takes to get there, whatever that might involve.
The reason this is so important to me is that I'm looking to "form" rather than "find" my spirituality. I don't want to adopt someone else's way of being a Christian (which is my new-found spiritual path) and end up being an American caricature of a mean-spirited spiteful nasty person. I've been there and done that, years ago. At this time in my life I'm wanting something fresh, and to continue my journey to grow in love, that's all. Just love. Love.
Then on Wednesday I get to go to Patti Digh's first book reading for her book "Life is a Verb". It is a beautiful and inspirational read, and a stunningly gorgeous book to see and feel and smell as well, illustrated entirely by Patti's blog readers, which include, btw, Rick, Leah, and Kate I. WOW! If you haven't purchased your copy, it is worth it. I will be having dinner with Kate I and some wonderful other bloggers beforehand, so it is a double treat. Even if I only have sweet tea and plain rice, I will be thrilled to be there.
So please pray for a speedy recovery for me :) And Lori-Lyn, maybe some long-distance reiki?
~Photos by LoveHubbie Mark