Friday, January 27, 2017

Poems about Books

I have written the draft of 2 poems about reading books, or possibly what reading books can do. I am not sure if these poems are instances of Big Magic or if they are solely mine. Here they are:

Reading a Book Again

When reading a book,
it's the ones where 
I feel the stirring of 
the characters wanting
to live on, to tell another 
tale, those are the 
ones I want to read again.

©2017 Kathryn L. Samuelson

Someone Else's Book

There is a book 
that I have read
seven times, I think.
I so connect with, 
crave more from 
the characters 
that I write 
someone else's
book in my head.

©2017 Kathryn L. Samuelson

I hope you like these.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Do What You Can Do

My blog post on January 16th was about breathing and the meditation image in Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be (here). The meditations in Opening the Heart are paired; what my book designer and I call seeming dualities. The paired meditation for the one that says: "Breathe deeply. Breathe Slowly. You can breathe through anything." is this one: "Action is the counterpart to breath. Be in the world." This is the meditation image:



The question, I suppose for everyone is what action can I take, should I take. The expanded text for this meditation image in Part 2 of the book talks about taking the dreams that come to you when you are breathing deeply and bringing those dreams out into the world. (I keep forgetting to mention Parts 2 and 3 of the book - the book is much more than just the meditations images.) 

It seems often that there is so much to do to help yourself, others and the world, so much that it can become paralyzing. So much that it feels useless to do small acts. But, you don't know the effect of small acts over time. I am, admittedly somewhat slowly, reading Charles Eisenstein's book, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible (here). In it he talks about changing the story of us from the Story of Separation to the Story of Interbeing. He also writes about the idea of doing what you can do, not trying to do it all, and that the actions we do take have resonance throughout the morphogenic field as theorized by Rupert Sheldrake. He says on page 180 that: "I have argued that change will come not from overcoming the powers-that-be, but through their transformation." I think that what is happening now is that many people are being called to transformation.

Taking care of yourself and those around you may be all you can do. Standing up for someone being berated or shamed may be all that you can do. Giving small amounts of money to organizations that you believe in may be all that you can do. Transforming yourself and helping those around you as well as your community to transform in some way may be what you can do. It may be all that you need to personally do. 

I applaud those that sent out the email setting up an enormous conference call to discuss the next steps after the Women's March so that the momentum keeps going on the national scale. But action is also required on the personal, local and state levels if we are to accomplish the shift, The Great Turning that Joanna Macy talks about (here). 

Yes, breathe deeply and slowly. Then please take whatever actions you are able to take. The Great Turning needs us all. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Poem about Breathing

I posted the other day about breathing slowly and deeply and through anything. This was from a meditation in my book. I have been, over time, writing poems to accompanying the meditations in the book. Naturally, I have one for this first meditation image in Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be. This is that poem: 

What Breath Can do for You

Breathe deeply,
breathe slowly:
You can breathe through
          anything
the angels said.
Follow your breath,
slide down into
that still point in
          your heart.
Feel the anxiety,
          the fear
fly away.

Hopes, dreams, wishes
          Can then blossom in
          That place.

©2017 Kathryn L. Samuelson

I have felt the calm come when I have needed it by breathing deeply and following my breath inside. I have come to a resting place by doing this. Your heart can anchor you. It can lead you to your deepest dreams if you follow you breath.

Breathe and find wholeness.  


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Water Lily

The fifth plant in Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be (here) is the water lily, that plant that grows in mud and water. The water lily is bright and open. In fact, one of the meditations using water lily in the background is this: 



The poem that came to me in relation to water lily is:


Water Lily

Out of the muddy,
watery depths. Out of the
dark of the earth, through
the half-light of the pond,
water lily grows upwards.
Full flowered, supported by
stem and leaf.

From the heart of earth
into the heart of air.
From mud to the fire of
sunlight.

Joy.

©2017 Kathryn L. Samuelson

Samantha Gray on page 96 of her book, The Secret Language of Flowers (here), says that water lily is "Beauty: Enlightenment: Mental Purity: Love: Purity of Heart: Mystic Powers." Which of these it is depends on its color according to Buddhist tradition. Water lily is a star that fell to earth and turned into a flower in one South American legend. It seems the water lily has fascinated humans across time and across the globe. 

It seems, according to the Green Hope Essences website (here), that different color water lily essences have different things that they assist us with. Because the lilies in the book are white, that is the information I will pass on to you first. 

White Water Lily, Nymphaea tuberosa

Helps us confidently surrender to the perfect geometry of divinity's unfolding plan for us
White Water Lily helps us know all is unfolding in divine order. It helps us feel a part of a seamlessly beautiful process. It will remind us that what appears to be a 'losing game' is really one of winning the only valuable reward, our freedom from all illusion and remembrance of our oneness with God.
Green Hope Essences also has information for yellow and pink water lilies. This that information: 

Yellow Water Lily, Nuphar variegatum

Helps us feel our complete connection to our source even during tumultuous times.
Anchored to the lake bottom while also floating perfectly atop its watery world, Yellow Water Lily never wavers in its certainty it is one with its source. It welcomes the nourishment it needs from both above and below and helps us feel similarly cradled and supported. It helps us find our own unwavering sense of rootedness in the divine and a serenity no matter what storms rage.

Pink Water Lily, Nymphaea pubescens

Unburdening our hearts' sorrows
Pink Water Lily helps unburden our hearts of their deepest aches and sorrows. It does this with such finesse and gentleness that this unburdening feels like a caress not a housecleaning. Pink Water Lily anchors us to the vibration of love no matter what emotional events rock our world. This one works so softly and deeply that it feels like a prayer of peace moving through our bodies.
As with all the plants in the book, I hope that they help you find your way on your journey.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Laughter is an Antidote

I was meditating recently when the thought popped into my head that laughter is an antidote to the fear and anger swirling around us in the present time. In asking my angels and guides today, they say this about laughter as an antidote: 

"Laughter is an antidote to fear and anger. It, in fact, may be the best antidote to fear and anger. Fear and anger want to be taken very seriously, but if you laugh they have no ability to attach themselves to you. It is not that you should not take the times seriously. And it is not that you should not take mindful, heartful action, but rather that you should clear out fear and anger from your energy field and your being with laughter. Then you can see, feel and send out love and compassion rather than fear and anger. Love and compassion are the tools to the deepest transformation."

All emotions are energy, I think. Laughter is joy, happiness, fun. Love, however, is not always romantic love or familial love. I think in this context love is wishing the best for all people and beings as well as for the earth. It is wanting everyone and everything to be in a state of health and balance, for everyone to be filled with love and compassion so that all actions take place from that place of well being. Is this love easy? Not always. It means loving your neighbor (using neighbor to encompass everyone) whether you like them or not. That can be tough. 

I once saw an interview with Ram Das where he talked about his ritual at sitting down at his altar. He would happily say hello Buddha, hello Jesus and so forth, but then he would growl hello George W. And, this is how he knew where he needed to do his work. So, it is not easy for even people who are spiritual leaders to be in that place of love for everyone. The Dalai Lama admits to having flashes of anger, although he has said his anger lasts a lot much shorter period of time than it used to. 

May we all, including myself, be able to do the tough work of being able to laugh in tough times. May we all do the tough work of bringing ourselves to the place where love and compassion are the place from which everything arises for everyone.

As meditation image 52 in Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be (information here) says:


From what the angels and guides have said today, one of the paths to being the one who loves is laughter. May we all find the healing laughter within us.