The scent of sweetness
I am feeling called to pay attention to sweetness today, the day of the Strawberry Full Moon and the first day of summer.
A hummingbird, the one who stops to drink the sweet nectar of life, hovered over me as I gardened this morning. Then, the heady orange perfume of sweet peas flowed on the breeze towards me. This question lives in me: How can I bring this sweetness into my life? Not the teeth aching sweetness of saccharine or white sugar, but the life-giving, heart-opening liquid amber sweetness of honey. How can I move through my days feeling that life is delectable and delicious? Where might that lead? Will you join me?
I ate the first strawberry of the season today. Such sweetness. May I bring such sweetness to all the sore, achy places in myself and in the world.
And, as the juice dripped down my chin, my inner voice arose, “Take, eat, this is my body.” Sweetness as sacrament. Sweetness as that which nourishes all, generously, without end. Sweetness that calls me home to this body, this moment.
A debt jubilee…Did you know that there is an organization that is seeking donations to buy-up distressed debts, including student loans and outstanding medical bills, and then wipe the slate clean by writing them off. It is called the Rolling Jubilee. Watch the video; it gave me goosebumps. Goosebumps of recognition. Goosebumps of excitement. Imagine a world free of debt.
David Rees, one of the organisers behind the project, writes on his blog: “This is a simple, powerful way to help folks in need – to free them from heavy debt loads so they can focus on being productive, happy and healthy.
“Now, after many consultations with attorneys, the IRS, and our moles in the debt-brokerage world, we are ready to take the Rolling Jubilee program live and nationwide, buying debt in communities that have been struggling during the recession.”
A video released to promote the project says: “We shouldn’t be forced into debt to cover basic needs like healthcare, housing and education. We need a jubilee, a clean slate. The math is on our side; a little bit of money goes a long way. If we can raise $50,000 we can buy a million dollars worth of debt and abolish it.
“We bailed-out the banks and in return they turned their backs on us. We don’t owe them anything, we owe each other everything. It’s time for a bail-out of the people, by the people.”
Many thanks to http://www.the2012scenario.com and Matthew Sparks of The Telegraph
Taking a weekend to rest, have a date with my beloved, and paint something beautiful and practical (a canvas floor rug) combine to create a balm to soothe my soul. Who knew that rest and creativity could transform fear? I didn’t know that on Friday as clearly as I do now.
May this insight grow and flourish. May I take the time I need to tend to my creativity.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I am delighted to let you know that I have created a page (or store) to display and sell Occupy Your Heart greeting cards. It was a steep learning curve. Buttons mislinking, codes needing to be adjusted, but it was also very rewarding. The designs come from my heart – may they nourish your heart.
Ok, so I’m not a coffee drinker. But a friend told me about this ad that played during the Stanley Cup playoffs. To me, this is a wonderful sign of a changing consciousness. What if we all were so grateful for what we had?