Greetings to each, and may you be finding nourishment so needed in this collective time of challenge. I feel a deep sadness in the absence of our gathering together to reflect and practice in person, and hope that those who wish for practice are discovering inner discipline and resources online, or on their book shelves, for inspiration.

At the end of this post I will pass along a poem, which many of you may now have seen; but it has been very good medicine for me, and even if only one or two folks who had not seen it get to revel in the poem’s holding of the multiple strands of this time, I will be glad I posted it!

Meanwhile, of course we have no idea at this point when we shall all connect once again in person. I am sharing a few resources I shared with another group this morning, hoping they might be helpful to some of you as well! Also at some point soon I may record a Yoga Nidra meditation for those who wish to use it. I am including once again  here a link from Richard Miller the founder of irest.

Here are the resources I want to share for the moment. I am thinking of you with the joy of your presence in my heart, even when we can’t be together in person!

This is a link to Yoyo Ma’s Songs of Comfort initiative; he is a wonderful presence to all of us, as a profoundly gifted and compassionate cellist who has made this offering for the moment in history, in which we all share. You can find the link online, or paste this into your browser: https://www.pbs.org/video/songs-of-comfort-1584567629/ Please paste into your browser! It is more than worthwhile.
In case you are not aware, it is possible to sign up for updates as to the number of cases of the virus here in our county, which for me means less traveling on the web to find out on my own! For me it is helpful, because I am checking news etc too often anyway. Time for more discipline! Sigh…
See the top of the page for the link to sign up:
I have been studying and practicing a meditation form that is extremely accessible, guided, and can be done reclined. It is the work of Richard Miller. This page includes the free irest meditaions I mention above, if anyone wishes to try!
No yoga equipment needed!
Here is the poem:

Lockdown by Brother Richard:

Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.

But,

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise

You can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet

The sky is no longer thick with fumes

But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi

People are singing to each other

across the empty squares,

keeping their windows open

so that those who are alone

may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland

Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know

is busy spreading fliers with her number

through the neighbourhood

So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples

are preparing to welcome

and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting

All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality

To how big we really are.

To how little control we really have.

To what really matters.

To Love.

So we pray and we remember that

Yes there is fear.

But there does not have to be hate.

Yes there is isolation.

But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying.

But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.

But there does not have to be disease of the soul

Yes there is even death.

But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic

The birds are singing again

The sky is clearing,

Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul

And though you may not be able

to touch across the empty square,

Sing

And image from a visitor to the river at Turtle Haven!

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