Helpful Resources in a Time of Uncertainty #37

A beautiful talk about using fear as our teacher in the time of pandemic and in the rest of our lives. With The founder of Zen hospice, Frank Ostasesk. From the folks at Upaya Institute.

If You’d Like to Step Far Beyond the Headlines and take a deep dive into, the different levels of trauma facing us as a species—individual, ancestral, and collective—how it creates separation and societal fragmentation—and what is required for deep healing.

A deep and thoughtful conversation about healing collective trauma and how understanding the cosmos can illuminate new paths for healing. With modern mystic Thomas Hubl and cosmologist Brian Swimme. Put on by the California Institute of Integral Studies.

A Poem for Today:

FOR ONE WHO IS EXHAUSTED:
A BLESSING

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight.

The light in the mind becomes dim.
Things you could take in your stride before
Now become laborsome events of will.

Weariness invades your spirit.
Gravity begins falling inside you,
Dragging down every bone.

The tide you never valued has gone out.
And you are marooned on unsure ground.
Something within you has closed down;
And you cannot push yourself back to life.

You have been forced to enter empty time.
The desire that drove you has relinquished.
There is nothing else to do now but rest
And patiently learn to receive the self
You have forsaken in the race of days.

At first your thinking will darken
And sadness takes over like listless weather.
The flow of unwept tears will frighten you.

You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight,
Taking time to open the well of color
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.

Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.

– John O’Donohue –
(To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings)

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