My friend E, for whom these reminders were started, has requested that I put some of my poetry into them. I don't think I've ever shared this one before. Temenos is a Greek word that means "sacred space," and was the name of a group which held a series of workshops I attended which changed my life. The sacred space referred to here was the idea that what was shared in the context of the workshops was private and sacred and that it was a holy space.
I think it's important to make a sacred space for ourselves if we can... to find a physical space where we are able to be quiet and tap into our Spirit, our inner peace and give comfort and nurture to our Soul. But I think we also need to find a way to create an internal sacred space... or maybe to recognize that we ARE sacred space... in our very essence and to listen to the voices calling from inside us, having compassion for them even when they are a nuisance or we feel guilty because we don't know how to honor them. Just listening honors them. Just having compassion for every aspect of our being honors the sacredness that is inherent in being a living, breathing, laughing, crying, suffering, rejoycing, searching, finding, confused, perfectly imperfect Child of God/Creation.
POEM FOR TEMENOSAwakening the Spirit...It was awake already, of course,Twisting restless in my dreamsPoking me at odd hoursBegging me to take noticeAnd of course I didAnd didn't know quite what to doFor an insomniac soulAnd what I see nowIs that the name is wrongIt wasn't me awakening my spiritBut my spirit trying to awaken meAnd now it's roused me from my waking dreamBut what am I to do?How get to know this sad somnambulist that I have been?And so I go on, Deepening the WorkAnd touch a well of tears and painBut safely, gently,Held in a circle of loving heartsBegin to face my fearsAnd watch them start to shrink from shadow sizeTo their true statureAnd now, my heart aroused,The spirit beckons on,And set more free, begins to dance- Katherine E. Rabenauand another poem.... this one I've posted before.AWAKENINGOctober 1, 1999Live as big as the sky, she saidAnd I felt my heart awaken and take noteAs big as the sky? it asked?Can I do that?I don’t know, I said,Liking always to be truthful.But we can try.- Katherine E. Rabenau
I know this bunny doesn't really fit
the theme (such as it is), but it's
cute so I included it.
Some things I'm grateful for today:
- my wonderful mattress
- my computer
- gogi berry juice
- visiting woodchucks
I was feeling rather sorry for myself this evening. I have felt really awful all day. I took a long nap, woke up feeling like death warmed over and was bemoaning my fate while I dished supper for Angel and Tara Grace. I noticed Angel at the back door all excited and there was a visitor who cheered me up a bit. I have no idea if it's a girl or a boy, but have decided to call her Charlotte because she's small. I enjoyed her visit. It perked me up a bit.