Hi! Gayle here.
My women’s Kalyana Mitta group (spiritual friend group) that started last February is about to complete our first book, “A big new free happy unusual life” by Nina Wise. The subtitle is “self-expression and spiritual practice for those who have time for neither”. We gather twice a month and each meeting we do one or two practices described in Nina’s book. This last week we did a practice (on p 211) called “Cut Ups”.
The instructions were to “Reach into your paper recycling bin, grab a piece at random and cut or tear it up into small pieces… Select five or six of the pieces that contain phrases you find of interest and build a sequence, a poem.”
We also looked at, and read, the practice of Generosity of p. 221, and made our “cut up” poems as cards with the intention to gift it to someone who has been important in our life this past year.
Using many of the various practices ( writing, drawing, vocalizing, movement, sculpture, etc) in Nina’s book has been stimulating, fun, sometimes challenging, always engaging. Doing these practices as a group, as well as meditating and chanting together, checking in, sharing snacks, etc. has helped us to create a group that is energetic, supportive, collaborative, enlivening and compassionate.
We wanted to share with you the results of our latest practice “Cut Ups”. We hope you enjoy them. and ps. Many thanks to Nina Wise for her glorious book!
windchime of leaves, fellowship of dawn and dusk
rust is a very slow fire,
small wonder we personalized the night
aperture of the mind widens
deer slouch through
then everything shines
In each of us, there is a young, suffering child.
That inability to see is a kind of ignorance.
sustain confusion and habitual patterns
come home to ourselves
This is the energy — something new.
the never-ending energy of our basic goodness
seeds in my hands
a thousand years of profound insights
doesn’t make life perfect; it doesn’t make
if I went to a certain park across
the bridge. The stuff of magic and miracles,
away like two hooded fairies.
—-Jennifer Scaff King
Now that you know what you know, there’s no turning back.
Stop and swear, pound the steering wheel,
Take at least two deep breaths.
Name that feeling.
Eat a rainbow.
Can it really be this simple?
|I was just in time to see
the faces of the people in your lifesacred but essential
When you can see
jutting over the hill of trees,
will also be
good for our souls.
—- Maximilienne Ewait
|Activating our Life
come together to form something gorgeous;interdependent;
living lightly on the earth;
there is an open moment in history where
glowing with the light that suffuses us
we are transparent to transcendence.
I drop the labels and allow things to be as they are
wool, water, feathers, and dreams.
Just this moment, this life
promise of papaya and mango
Often I burst out laughing
I move to my pillow, a down-puff extravagance
born with 100 billion brain cells
access “inner experts”
gratitude and an abiding zest
ebullience in your bones
grow your own