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Singing in the Dark Times

Singing in the Dark Times

Mist is a threshold phenomenon. Sometimes one crosses the threshold swiftly, trailing clouds of glory and falling into the waiting, loving hands of a new life.ย  More often, I suspect, one lingers, wondering, scanning the veiled horizon.ย 

Gold in the Darkness

Gold in the Darkness

The marvelous thing about this question is that it has a thousand answers if we are willing to stand in the center of the whirlwind, brave the terrifying wind and the piercing heartbreak, and listen to the roar.

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 "๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ข ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ, ๐˜ข ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ, ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ, ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ." // Wendell Berryโฃ โฃ During this new, uncertain era of social distance we want to offer an invitation to stay connected with one another, with the natural world, and also within ones' own contemplative journey....โฃ โฃ Last week one of our community members began to take a slow, prayerful walk through our "neighborhood" each evening, which has now become a community-wide practice (6 feet apart, of course!). Two of our community members (who are stranded in rural Argentina indefinitely!) join us each night from another continent. Friends from other states have committed to walk at the same time and with the same sense of mindfulness.โฃ โฃ ๐ˆ๐ญ'๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐š ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ, ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ง๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ž, ๐ญ๐จ๐จ. ๐„๐š๐œ๐ก ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  (๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ•:๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ๐ฉ๐ฆ ๐„๐’๐“) ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค, ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐š๐ฒ, ๐ญ๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐š ๐ฉ๐จ๐ž๐ฆ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž...๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ญ๐จ๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ข๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ก๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐š๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ. โฃ โฃ (๐˜—๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๐˜บ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜‰๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ)
 Tree planting with the residential community in the age of social distancing. At least the trees need to be planted 15' apart! โ†”๏ธ (Look all the way to the left, even Erin the dog got the memo about staying 6' away.) #rollingridgestudyretreat
 In the grimy morass of our present dilemma, amid the dis-ease and wrenching separation, lies the buried treasure of our belonging: our deepest passion. โ€œHope,โ€ says another poet (Jane Hirshfield), โ€œis the hardest love we carry.โ€ While we descend on down through uncharted territory, just a breath away spring unfolds. Earth, as she does, begins again. // Lindsay McLaughlin:ย rollingridge.net/hope . . . #LindsayMcLaughlinย  #JaneHirshfield #MichaelMeade #MaryEvelynTucker #LynnUngar #RollingRidgeStudyRetreat
 We discovered a flying squirrel friend at the Retreat House this week! . . . #rollingridgestudyretreat #flyingsquirrel
โ€œYou are in this time of the interimRolling Ridge Study Retreat
Where everything seems withheld.
The path you took to get here has washed out.
The way forward is still concealed from you.
The old is not old enough to have died away
The new is still too young to be born.โ€

 

-John Oโ€™Donohue