Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
~Rumi

I came across this Rumi poem recently and immediately felt a great resonance. Yes, the beauty we love expresses itself through life and through ourself in so many diverse ways. What gifts abound when we pay attention and notice. The sunshine that warms the earth and brings forth life is given to us freely as is the wind that cools. The rains of spring bring us glorious blossoms that colour the streets of the city and countryside. Seeds germinate into seedlings that grow into the salads we consume. The body we inhabit is fed by all of this, nurtured by all of creation. The body also returns to the all. Every day waste is removed, eventually returning to the earth. Isn’t it amazing that the body knows how to do this without ever being taught? Eventually our body ages, decays and merges back into the dust from which it arose.

When we see the profundity of this interconnection, every thought, word, and action, becomes an expression of gratitude, a metaphoric kneeling and kissing the ground. Each movement can become an act of great devotion and love, filled with the awareness that there is a harmony to life and each of us is a part of that harmony. Each moment is a merging with the unfathomable connections between each of us and all of the rest of creation.

Then too, each meal prepared and served, whether for others or ourself, is an incredible act of service to the life flowing through all. Each genuine smile becomes an opening into the heart where we all dwell. Each helping hand offered, each word spoken in truth, each moment lived simply, each healthy boundary set with love, each creative idea shared allows the harmony to flow from within. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

With so much love,

Shira

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