Hello, friends and Happy Friday! Wanna see what a week of Spring-ish weather looks like?
These are the trees that were sporting pink blooms last month.Marc interrupted my quiet time this morning with Important News. He’d just seen the weather forecast for the weekend and it promised a Saturday and a Sunday without rain … for the first time since early November. Weather promises are cheap, but I’d love for this one to be a keeper!
…and on the Blue Skies note:
Thinking about mysticism. I listened (twice!) to Krista Tippett’s latest podcast with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner and I’m sure I’ll listen again this weekend. I’m struck by the similarities between what Kushner and Rohr have both described as “universal god”. Here’s a little snippet of the transcript from the podcast:
“There are two ways to understand our relationship with God. I’m going to say right up front that they are both just metaphors, relax. The first one, picture a big circle, and the big circle represents God. And then picture below it a very tiny little circle. And that represents you in the world. And because the big circle is above the little circle, it’s naturally hierarchical, and therefore it’s generically masculine, and welcome to Western religion … Now I’m going to give you another metaphor. Just another metaphor, relax. Same big circle that represents God, but the only difference is is that the little circle that represents you and me is inside the big circle. And that strikes us as a more Eastern model, but — as Scholem demonstrated — it’s widely available in Western religious tradition as well. And the goal in that model is not to pray to God or have God tell you what to do, but to realize that you have been all along, contrary to all of your illusions, a dimension of the divine, and in moments of heightened spiritual awareness, the boundary line, which is the little circle defining you inside the big circle, momentarily is erased. Momentarily is blurred, and it’s no longer clear where you end and God begins.”
I cannot get that little circle with the erased lines out of my head.
Grateful for so many things. This week – especially following on the heels of last week – has provided multiple opportunities to say Thank You. I’m going to single out Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for the example she’s provided – under horrific circumstances – of what a true world leader looks like.
Inspired by the wonderful posts from the Edinburgh Yarn Festival on my Instagram feed. New patterns (this one stole my heart!), beautiful yarn, smiling faces, lovely spaces (rhyming hard to avoid!) It’s really wonderful!
Fun! Marc and I have plans to see Charlie tomorrow morning … playing in his second T-ball game. This is gonna be a first for us … and I am sure we’ll have a ball! (another opportunity to see little brother Sam and their parents is a bonus, too!)
Wishing y’all a wonderful weekend full of blue skies – even (or maybe especially?!) the metaphorical ones!