Last Saturday the theme for Interweave’s writing circle was Gratitude. The morning was very rich. We meditated and shared stories about the symbols of gratitude in our lives.
We then went deeper with Rumi’s piece about being grateful for everything, especially the difficulties:
“Guest House” by Rumi
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Before we knew it, we were well into the time we set aside for writing. However, we agreed to take 20 minutes, go off on our own and see what was waiting to be said. Below is what emerged.
Thank you to Marge Dukes and Danny Moore for allowing me to share their pieces. And thanks to each of you for helping hold the space for the writing circle to be. Our next circle will meet on December 7th and our theme will be Joy.
Lorri Lizza, MBA, has facilitated workshops and learning circles at the Omega Institute, ALIA Institute, Interweave, and the UN. She leads Interweave’s monthly writing circle “Threads of Consciousness” on the first Saturday of each month at 9:30am – click here to join this course.
“Writing Circle” 11/2/2013 by Margaret A. Dukes
Round table, blank book,
and Rumi in our midst.
New friends listen to each other
in a quiet space.
Wanting to get into the light
in this stone walled church
the dampness cannot take away
the warmth of your presence,
or the solace of being here.
“Thank You” by Danny Moore
Thank you Depression!
For you were the constant reminder of my need to change.
Thank you Adversity!
You brought others’ judgements and disapproval;
you brought bigotry, narrow mindedness; and,
you brought self serving people to my circumstance.
Thank you Loss!
Grief and Mourning are your gifts.
Thank you Fear and Anxiety!
Unmet needs and longing you have kept before me.
Perhaps these gifts will bring me knowledge and hope.
Depression give me a glimpse at a better day.
Adversity give me insight into my brother’s need,
Help me to love.
Loss grant me tears.
Fear and Anxiety give me an attitude of prayer.
Thank you, thank you all.
“Today” by Lorri Lizza
Today I met Marge who
Taught me gratitude is a child of Grace,
new friends emerge, and
Reminded me of the vast cloud-filled skies of Santa Fe.
Today I learned from Danny
Liberation is possible,
Happiness allowable, and that
Inordinate loyalty and love can come from a small wooden box.
Today the words of God’s poets
Blessed our circle,
Anointed our separateness,
and made us One.
(From Nov 2nd circle on Gratitude)