Celebrate Sitting Still – 2020 Holiday Blog

Oh soul, you worry too much. You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty.  You have seen your golden wings. Of anything less, why do you worry? You are in truth the soul, of the soul.  ~Rumi

Hello Dear Ones,
Standing or swimming in the ocean, is one of my happy places. It’s a source of strength that even Rumi would probably acknowledge. What about you? Where are you pulling strength from these days?
As the uncertainty in our world grows louder, it’s essential to protect our hearts and calm our minds. As my clients know, this inner work is necessary if you wish to claim a contented life. Each day is a chance to embrace and heal a bit more of these judgmental and worrisome parts of me. That means more attention to my daily practice of “sitting still” through meditation and prayer. On a good day, I treat my self to a morning and evening practice. Why? Essentially it helps helps me to clear the noise and celebrate this life, no matter what.

Over 900 years ago, female medieval poet and composer, Hildegard of Bingen stated “be not lax in celebrating.” Catholic or not, I have found myself fascinated with Saint Hildegard. In her visions and writings, she experienced all things in the light of God through the five senses; sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Hildegard lived most of her 80+ years in a hilltop monastery in the Germanic Rhineland area. I guess she knew a thing or two about sitting still. Remarkably, Hildegard was also one of the first identifiable composers (male or female) in the history of Western music. Yet no surprise, you won’t find her mentioned in history books. As a holiday treat, I’m reviving Saint Hildegard through one of her songs written for her nuns to sing at their devotions.
Click here to enjoy Hildegard’s “A Feather On The Breath of God”

So, we know these 2020 Holidays are looking very different. We can do this. We can learn to celebrate while sitting still within ourselves. Remember, if you want to see more of your your loved ones in 2021, do your part. Stay home. Keep it simple. And if you do need to go out, stay masked and keep conscious of your spacing between one another.

I send you my Warmest Greetings, Love and Support. Thank you for being with me.~Marcia

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