Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Dawn's Morning Sounds

It's morning... still dark on the edges of the sky, and the birds are waking; their sounds of morning pierce the stillness. The sun will soon find its way to us. Fall is in the air. The Gathering Season is definitely here.
Those who are grieving losses already feeling the effects of losing the light as the dark months approach us. Sad when that happens, it seems that when we fret we begin to lose sight of the beauty that surrounds us, we lose the ability to hear the sounds of the birds singing their songs of excitement as they celebrate another season and the laughter of the squirrels as they find the treasure of acorns. It is an exciting time of the year to be sure!
When we stop fretting we gain more ground. If we can stop trying to control everything with our minds and let it go, even for a little while, we will get a clearer view. There is wisdom in the words, "having done all, stand." Do what can be done, build faith, know there is a Great Spirit that knows even the very smallest of things that we need, want and desire. The greatest steps are taken when we decide to not lose ourselves in the moment or in the confusion or in the drama of others. Lay it all down and walk away on a path of something different. Step into your own, "no pressure zone", you might like it there! Having done all, stand; and refuse to be drawn back into a place of no peace or no laughter or no joy.
"The man who sat on the ground in his tipi meditating on life and its meaning, accepting the kinship of all creatures and acknowledging unity with the Universe of things, was infusing his being the true civilization." (Chief Luther Standing Bear)
There will be times we cannot control our grieving, our tears, our anger or our sadness. We can learn during the journey, and we will grow. Know that your path through grief will have many turns and twists and scary moments. When you just let go; often your path will become clearer, the days will look brighter, you will be a different person than you were before. And you will know it is always darkest right before dawn. Walk in Beauty.

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