images-3What are your prayers answered? How is your internal weather report? Is it reflected in your environment? One of my ongoing joys of self exploration and expression is using aspects of nature as a metaphor for life and the world at large. Lately, weather and gardens figure prominently in both my internal and external worlds, both connected as abundant resources for my body, mind, spirit and relations.

In a previous post, I asked for prayers of rain for places the earth is suffering from drought. I give thanks to all who made a wish or sent out a call for rain because those prayers have been answered over much of the Southwest USA! In this monsoon season here, we we are getting daily late afternoon or evening rains–sometimes in sudden downpours that cause flash floods, other times the rain is just a gentle sprinkling, and often we hear dry rolling thunder overhead after seeing intense bolts of lightening. I also give thanks to the 19 fire fighters whose lives were taken as they battled the forest fire in Arizona. Before those young men gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives, they fought the forest fires surrounding us in Santa Fe and, thanks to them, the nearby raging fires were safely contained which allowed the rest of the blaze to be extinguished by rain.

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Amidst all this drama in the skies, I am moved by the cloud formations, beautiful rainbows and lovely moisture in the now clean air of our capital city, Santa Fe. The synchronicity of this double rainbow appeared in the mountains behind us as my husband and I shared the origin of our love story with new friends.

The famous poem below with the accompanying, reflective questions were sent to me by a wonderful woman named Laura Toller Gardner. I dedicate this poem to all who are going through the fires of transmutation that lead to transformation, be it through the doorway of physical death or death to aspects of the self that no longer serve the highest good…

Love After Love

By Derek Alton Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

INQUIRY QUESTIONS

1.) How might you have a new experience of yourself and your life if you surrender to Allowing?

2.) What about the surrender is challenging?

3.) What about the surrender is seductive and desirable?

4.) What does your visionary self want and need from you today?

5.) If you treat yourself as your beloved right now, what is called for?

I welcome your responses here or elsewhere and bless you on your inward and outward journeys. May you indeed “feast on your life” and may your prayers, blessings, offerings, wishes and intentions continue, manifesting in divine timing the great goodness in your heart and in the world!

Love,

Mary