“April showers bring May flowers.” Even though Colorado weather has its own opinion about the timing of it all, this Sunday is May Day!
“Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers”
~out of A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, by Thomas Tusser, 1557
The ancient Celtic feast of Beltane is celebrated on this day to mark the start of the bright half of the year. I invite you to join me in reflecting on the language of flowers and some of the ways they teach and nurture us as spiritual beings having a human experience.
As Emerson said, “Earth laughs in flowers.”
Much love, Peggy
When I take the time to contemplate and connect with Mother Earth, I cannot contain the joy and gratitude and abundance and love that wells up in my heart. I don’t know how to express the awe I feel for this mysterious ball of incredible beauty that floats through space, all the while giving herself to me and to you and to all beings with never-ending generosity!
“Oh, the beauty of spirit as it rises up adorned with all the riches of the earth!” ~ Teilhard de Chardin
This Sunday, we will add our voices to those who are honoring our planet in celebration of Earth Day (Friday, April 22nd).
The Unitics will be playing Peter Mayer’s song, “Blue Boat Home.” If you have a poem or some other creative expression of gratitude for our planetary home, I invite you to bring it to share with all of us as we gather in our weekly services.
I will never forget how uncomfortable I was when first introduced to expressive body movement at an InterPlay playshop. I was so self-conscious I wanted to curl up in a corner and hide.
Oh my gosh, was I ever surprised to discover how much WISDOM this body holds! As I slowly began to let go of all the negative messages I had accumulated about my body over the years, I began to explore what it was like to let my body speak.
And sing. And dance!
“God is alive! The universe testifies to it. Novas explode, amoebas wiggle, winds stir, oceans heave, gazelles leap, ants scurry . . .
Everything alive is moving, even that which appears to stand still.” ~Out of Godzone, by Mike Riddell
Sometimes the dance is a lament; sometimes it is a celebration.
Most times, it’s beyond words.
All times, it is prayer.
The Kalahari Bushmen are one of the most ancient civilizations on the planet
(at least 40,000 years old!). The Bushmen value a full-bodied experience of life. They teach us that understanding the mystery of life is less important than participating in it. They invite us to dance more and talk less. (Way of the Bushmen, by Bradford & Hillary Keeney)
This Sunday the service will be centered around “Dancing with God.” Dancing with the mysterious, vibratory life force. Flowing with impermanence.
“The miraculous existence and impermanence of
Always makes the illumined ones
Laugh and sing.”
Come dance with me!
Last week I talked about the power of prayer.
In reflecting on that topic, I came across a Hindi proverb: “Patience is the greatest prayer.”
What a beautiful, inspiring—and challenging!—statement. As it happens, the importance of patience has come up over and over since then. So I decided on patience as my topic for this Sunday.
The Universe agrees. This morning, when I sat down to compose my email to Grace and Franklin with this week’s bulletin information, my inbox contained an article from the Greater Good Science Center, entitled, “Four Reasons to Cultivate Patience.”
(Alright, already! I have been working on this personal growth area since forever. Can’t I be done yet?!)
Waiting patiently for more to be revealed,