Transcript for August 30, 2009 by Bob Kleinheksel
We gather again in the beauty of unique humanity – foibled and gifted individuals creating a dynamic spiritual community on the way. Ah, late summer: The hint of changing seasons brings about melancholy reflection in these days – with sedums emerging along with other flowers whose time has come to bloom and show off fall array of colors. Could it be in following weeks that burning bushes and sumacs bring their reds and orange to our eyes? How can it be? Nostalgia for things past creeps in – the times at cottages, summer trips, a certain care-free-ness that begins to shift into school or early autumn mode. Hmm.
We celebrate the health and vibrancy of mind, body and spirit – all elements and facets joined together in a dance of unity, relationship and emergence.
Would our minds this day be open and active; may we be as new wineskins, able to hold the wildest of wines or thoughts, rather than tired, stubborn or brittle vessels closed off to the new or untried.
Would we this day be open to and celebrate the temple of our bodies – what they are and are becoming. This structure giving form to spirit and thought: Actions, hands, hugs, health, cells and sinew coming together. Our bodies: How wonderful and awesome they are. And isn’t amazing that we are 99.9% the same as each other – yet so incredibly unique and distinguished? Our bodies: blood, bone and gene – from dust – to dust into eternity. May we accept and enhance these earthen vessels in our brief flash of existence!
And what of our essence, the soulful quality that pervades all we are. Spirit. Will we have eyes to see again for the first time all that is essential in living, dying, relating, taking on and letting go? May it be that all is sacred – the mundane and what is deemed special. May constant awakening be at hand in and for the likes of us. Awareness, mature and free humanity and moment-focused consciousness guide us into fuller living and loving.
We affirm that what divides us will fade and compassion and enthusiasm will join our remembrances of yesterday and visions for tomorrow. That gentleness and tender love will come to us and to a world that is harsh and unkind. We affirm that all people and parents will be patient and understanding, that men and women and children, including all those dedicated and celebrated this day, will grow mature in strength. We commit as community to surround our young ones, to be the village of care and guidance. Would this be a place where all are cared for, the sick, the weak, the old. Today and always we value Life’s creatures, the dependent infant and the wizened ones in our midst.
We remember now all those we know and love and all those in circumstances of need –those near, those in far-off lands. Let us in silence bless them and reconnect through thought, intention, meditation and prayer.
We live in harmony with each other and with the earth. Let it be.