“The Greeks believed that time had secret structure. There was the moment of Epiphany when time suddenly opened and something was revealed in luminous clarity. There was the moment of krisis when time got entangled and directions became confused and contradictory. There was also the moment of kairos; this was the propitious moment. Time opened up in kindness and promise. All the energies cohered to offer a fecund occasion of initiative, creativity, and promise. Part of the art of living wisely is to learn to recognize and attend to such profound openings in one’s life.”
― John O'Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Invocations and Blessings
I have been taking a little break from social media, which is tricky, because I depend on social media to promote and sell my work. But the last few weeks, instead of helping my art, social media was becoming a deterrent to my creativity.
So I gave myself the break I needed, started a morning yoga and prayer practice to quiet my body and soul.
Doing yoga every day at 49 is an exercise in humbleness, acceptance and patience. As I try new positions that would have been easy a few years ago, I find that although my mind can "feel" what it is supposed to do, my body no longer remembers.
Part of the learning has been allowing my body the space and time it needs to
unite with what my brain knows it is able to do.
The paradox is that as I breathe through my practice, and let go of the frustration with my body's limits, my body gives space and calm back. Not being pushed and cornered, itis able to relax it's limits, let go, and create more room for movement and strength. It is the same with prayer. As I come into God's presence, reading his word and listening, my jumbled thoughts and anxieties begin to melt, as he gives me a peace in the midst of chaos, and space and light to find my path once more.
As we now live in a world where we relentlessly crowd, frustrate and corner each other every day online, Which never has the intended effect because it does not allow for the space we need to listen, learn and release our defenses. Our automatice responses to memes, and others inflammatory words causes at it's core- fear-, which in turn leads to tightening up, closing down and choosing a "side" to align with and feel safe again.
During the last weeks, our conversations have become excluding and anger driven because we feel as if we are under attack. Which only serves to stop us from growing, stretching, and becoming who we know we can be individually and collectively.
My hope and prayer for all of us is that we can become fearless in our love for one another, blessing the space between us and inside of us and remembering God's love for all. The One who gave us a rainbow of colors in the sky and in our skin, also gave us the ability to choose the light or darkness within each of us.
Here's to us all displaying our light, blessing one another and filling up the world with it. It has never been more important.
Love and gratitude- Gretchen