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Covid 19 Invocations

By Lisa Meuser.

I pray with the unseen these days.
And yet, I pray with the seen, too.
The buds, the sprouts, the blossoms, the leaves.

I pray with the new blessings that appear out of nowhere in the shape of a flower slowly revealing itself, cloud formations from a once all grey sky, 13 deer appearing amidst my evening walk, and sun beams striking through the depths of my being: all, in their own way, waking me from slumber, uniting me with the unseen.

I pray with the unseen behind the seen.
The ever-changing winds of change,
bringing who knows what tomorrow,
who knows what today.

The angered conversations online, as well as the exchanges of sweet sorrow.
Broken hearts, clenching guts, joy, and gratitude.
There is truth in all of it.

I pray with the seen, and the unseen present to it all.
Always wanting to do more, knowing that my stamina has been my super power,
I continue to bring my breath back to the unseen, and I pause
for moments longer than ever before.

In trusting the unseen I honor the action that
has no action,
the Love that doesn’t always take form, and
the dancing tree tops who witness it all.

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Strange times

By Fiona Robertson.  

These are such strange times, and it feels like they’re getting stranger every day (especially for those of us who have never lived through any other major disruptions or pandemics).

I’ve been feeling my fair share of anxiety and worry for those most at risk, along with a kind of fascination about where this is all going. Inquiry has been my navigation, as always. I thought that what came up in my looking today might resonate with some of you, so here goes:

As I settled into my body, I could feel a deep sense of exhaustion, and the need for time off. There was a falling into that, that felt so gentle, so tender and exquisite, along with plenty of tears.

‘Exhausted’ kept resonating, so I looked it up in the dictionary, and the full description resonated: ‘to exhaust is to draw off, to empty by drawing out the contents, to use up the whole of, to consume, to wear out by exhaustion, to drain of resources, strength or essential properties.’

Then it hit me: I’m exhausted. We’re exhausted. The earth is exhausted. We’re exhausted by the world (as it currently is).

And much as I’m concerned about what’s happening, I can feel the relief in shutting up shop and staying home for a while. As I lie here, I can feel the relief in my nervous system (which is often challenged to be out in the world) of everything closing, being cancelled, being shut. It’s been one thing after another, and I’m exhausted. There’s a deep relief in naming that and allowing the exhaustion to be.

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