I once preached a sermon where I talked about (as a reflection of my life experienced) always having two buckets – one filled with all things joyful and the other filled with things that bring anything but joy and that they can co-exist, not separate from but part of the whole. We tend to think of emotions as individual. Existing singularly.In pathways to understanding communication within the sphere of human interactions, Aristotle sites emotions with their opposites:
Love and Enmity
Confidence and Fear
Joy and Sorrow
We often align our minds to think that opposing emotions cannot co-exist in the same moment. Kahlil Gibran suggests that joy and sorrow are inseparable. He says that the deeper the sorrow carves into our being (into our hearts), the more joy we can contain.He talks about how when one emotion is active, the other lies in wait.
I would like to suggest that Joy is not the absence of Sorrow. (or any opposing emotions) I feel the two can co-exist. And that when Sorrow presents in its many forms, that if we train our hearts to look and listen,we can discover that Joy has not left the building. That it is still present. May it be so.
“Joy is not the absence of Sorrow. The two can co-exist, not separate from but part of the whole.When Sorrow presents in its many forms, if we train our hearts to look and listen,we can discover that Joy has not left the building. Joy is still present.”
As the mother of a child whose grandparents, uncles and aunties are Mexican immigrants, I offer deep appreciation for the efforts of all who are doing the work that will #AbolishICE and I echo the demand “Free Our Children Now!” This is Pat and Sandy O’s newest song: “We Care.”
I first came to know of Nimo about six years ago. His is a journey from MTV rap star to Humanitarian musician living a life dedicated to infusing our world with peace and love. In 2014 I was privileged to be part of a religiously diverse collegial team that hosted an event for him in at the Zen Center in Marblehead, MA. When my friend Myozen Joan Amaral visited me in Maine in 2016, we led a unique church service that included Nimo’s songs. (where Zen meets Hiphop!)
Bravo and Gratitude to Nimo and Daniel for their steadfast and beautiful messages of peace. May we be inspired to create similarly focused messages in all we do.
For our family, as we still having one school age child, Summertime is an especially special time of the year.We have more freedom during this season than any other to plan vacations and take spur-of-the-moment adventures and spend time together as a family, and with friends, mostly unhindered by the demands of other things. We know we are fortunate for this. It is a blessing we are grateful for every day. Our wish is that every family can experience this kind of freedom, and, when they do, to choose to take the time to deepen the bonds of love with those who matter most to them.
We have a lot of mint here in addition to rhubarb and chives…friends, if you would like some, please stop by and help yourself.
While you are here, you could also take a walk through Manson Park and along the beautiful Sebasticook River.
If you would like accompaniment on your walk, or a guided meditation, please let me know in advance and we can schedule your time here. Otherwise, feel free to stop by spur-of-the-moment and whether we are here or not, friends are welcome. <3