Before we begin this new experiment, I want to take a moment to thank all of you for stopping by last week and many, many thanks to those who shared your thoughts about blogging in general and what your blog means to you. It was enlightening and I learned so much. I have a new respect for the blogging platform. Now, instead of shutting down my blog, which I was really close to doing, I’m excited to continue…with all of you.
As mentioned last week I have an idea for a weekly post that I’d like to try. Many of you know I participated in a weekend long workshop with Mark Nepo. For those who don’t know him, he is a writer and a poet who shares his journey of spiritual inquiry. At the workshop he would share stories or poems, many his, others not…and then he would pose what he called “table questions” and then open it up for conversation with the group.
It was an uplifting and enlightening experience and I was wondering if it is possible to do something like that in a blog platform. What do you think? Perhaps we could take this one small step together, starting with this short story by Mark Nepo
The Oldest Conversation
I wonder, will anyone recognize us without our anger or our fear?
And if we stand here, softly in the open, will we be watered or just mowed down?
Wait. Now that you’re here, tell me about the moon and how deer dream of running water and how dogs are simply dogs.
Teach me – before we’re tossed back in – the Sanskrit of your eyes.
What I get out of this story is that if we shed our anger and/or fear to reveal who we are born to be, will we be nutured or shunned? I think that is the question we all ask ourselves and maybe that is why we sometimes hold our anger or our fear close to us like a protective blanket. I also like his asking for us to wait and tell him about the moon and how deer dream of running water and how dogs are simply dogs. Each of us know what we know, but we have the opportunity to be enlightened by learning what others know based on their experience if we listen. Try and see through their eyes.
Table Questions – comment only if you are comfortable doing so. There are no wrong responses.
Tell about a time when you put down an anger or a fear. How did it feel? How were you received by others?
Have you ever been privileged to hear someone else’s truth? What opened in you from that experience?
Thank you all again for being here today.
A note about the photographs – they were taken over the weekend at Greenlake Park in Seattle, WA. It is a lovely park with a large lake in the center. There is a 3 mile paved path around the lake, but also places in the grass and at the water’s edge to sit and enjoy. I take a lot of pictures like these but rarely share them. I mean, they aren’t incredible works of art or anything, but to me they reveal a certain quiet and introspective part of my character that I’ve been hesitant to share. So here I am, putting down my fear for the day.