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What will I harbor now?

[embed width="600"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0XBXJjoXJ4[/embed] What is a harbor A safe harbor, a place where you can relax as you never have before. A place where words mean something where speaking makes a bridge, a way for us to reach one another.  Angeles used to say sometimes we need to over communicate in order to create a field of safety.  There are a number of ways we can contribute to our own and others' safety. She also stated that too much spaciousness and not enough spaciousness create fields of unsafety...

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09 February
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"Two geese at peace," featured image for "Let the Rains Come" by Char Sundust
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Let the Rains Come

Today the rain came down like seeds - on the houseboat - tiny seeds breaking open over the lake, the trees. The kestrel making his morning motions overhead. breaking over black crows, cormorants and mergansers. Families of wood ducks & the steady stream of cars - The purifying, cleansing rain cool - sweet water - filling the house with delicious sound.  I love this symphonic morning I was wondering if that's why so many people love this final resting place before the next world of Canada. I wonder if we yearn for the rain, the pure tenderness, the wonder and dangers of what it means to be cleansed. Being cleansed is always a relief - it takes time and care - a force of attention and consciousness - respect.  It's important we clear away whatever we no longer need to become refreshed and clean to clean it up in order to clear a way and remember what we, and how come we, are letting go.  What does it mean to clear it up - to allow those drops of rain to carry away the hurts and haunts of the heart and spirit? It means we reflect, we become aware of our own participation in what hurts or undermines us We reflect on our behavior and what we can do differently in the future. And then we wash the rest away.  We allow that Power so much greater than ourselves to give us back to ourselves.  refreshment regeneration - happens in contemplation   Not so much in "where have I let others down?" (Although that's a part of it) But "Where have I let myself down? (Self abandonment) which ends up catching. And the need for amends multiplies the more we set aside our own needs...

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26 January
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Stay Together - picture by Char Sundust
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Stay Together

Stay Together  I love this line.  I was recently in New Hampshire giving a talk on Spirit in medicine. Different aspects of the soul and their expressions and different ways we can return the soul to medicine, medicine to the soul.  One way we can do this is to stay together, to speak to listen to maintain curiosity - I love his "one word" in this poem:  Stay together Learn the flowers Go light  How do we tend to the good of all? To our togetherness? As healers and visionaries many of us see beyond what is said, feel beyond what is shown, and know beyond what is consciously known.  There is a wisdom of the soul and the heart The heart being the center as the soul surrounds. The best way to bring our medicine into the world is to get ourselves together - the soul, the heart, the mind - and to build a relationship between the 3 that is caring, responsible compassionate, creative and joyful.  My unity within me, my caring for my own congruency is what I reflect into the world.  As Gary Snyder says, "How then can we meet there in peace?" within ourselves and at the table where there are many different views, beliefs, perspectives and pick up our glasses and toast to one another To our lives our families, To the world?  What do I want to celebrate. Where or with whom do I have unspoken gratitude? How can I remedy that...

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18 November
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