Deep lesson of the trees

Just in case we forget, they remind us every autumn:
The path of surrender is the path of beauty
that is when you glow through

We remember this truth and then we forget
and so, graciously, in twelve months they remind us again

© Meisaan Chan

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A safety prayer

Keep me safe today, O Lord
be the holy barrier
all-surrounding

© Meisaan Chan

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To fight evil with evil

is to lose

© Meisaan Chan

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My eyes had been so closed

The trees startled me with yellow –
I didn’t realize it was that time again,
my eyes had been so closed

© Meisaan Chan

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Focus and wisdom

Focus on the voice of God
and all wisdom will follow
Focus on any other voice
and be lost

© Meisaan Chan

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The purpose of strength and healing

I do not make you strong and anchored
so you can feel superior;
I make you strong and anchored
so you can serve

I do not heal you
so you can feel self-righteous;
I heal you
so you can serve

© Meisaan Chan

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The formless sanctuary

How I have longed to be with you in precisely this way!
I return to eternity
sloughing off the shackles of time
and stepping into the formless sanctuary

© Meisaan Chan

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The purpose of your life

To study the mechanics of the body
is to know how you are here;
to claim the purpose of your life
is to claim why you are here

© Meisaan Chan

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Delicious prayer

Take your time and savor it
the garlic, the tomatoes
the surrender, the delight,
the blend of blessings
the surprise of the next bite

© Meisaan Chan

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Scholarship for you! Self-care retreat on loss starts this Saturday

Great news! Another generous donor has made a donation for my gentle, somatic (body-centered) self-care retreat on loss. The upshot for you: Pay whatever you want/can, even if it is one dollar, and you will be covered.

My heart is full of gratitude for those who give. My heart is full of compassion for all of us who hurt. My heart is also full of hope for the exquisite desire of the soul to heal, to remain alive and connected in these times.

What will the retreat be like? Think of it as a tool-giving retreat. As in, you will receive tools that you can use for your journey. Tools to:

Stay calm and grounded while experiencing loss;
Soothe your body, your mind, spirit, and heart (either for grief or anxiety or both);
Honor the love that you have lost;
Cleanse your body/spirit/mind of negative/stuck energies that cling to you;
Receive healing balm in your body when your heart breaks open;
Begin the process of filling the heart.

Come on over. It’s open to all, this Saturday and Sunday afternoons. There will also be a social time for us to connect informally after each day. Because healing from loss is private. Because healing from loss is collective, the reaching out, the feeling of the hand grasping yours back.

See you there.

October 24-25 (Noon-4 PM each day, Central Time)

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/122453488681

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