Books that Transformed me….from Rev Patti

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May I walk you home?  Courage and comfort for caregivers of the very ill.

Stories by Joyce Hutchison & Prayers by Joyce Rupp

 My Snapshot

This elegant soft covered little book, fits tenderly in my bag. I carry it simply to remind that I have a companion of honesty and soul-love that grounds me in the many nuances of God, suffering, hope, life and death. All that we share as beings of earth. The intimacy these pages invite you into is visceral. Beginning to see and with the writer, experience the depth and compassion and mystery of the dying time, ascents you into unknown worlds and grounds you in the real truth of livingness. Life beyond livingness remains a mystery. It is ephemeral and eternal. In the ending of our corporeal life is a time so sacred that it compares only to the time when we were each born into this world. They share a theme of offering and beginning.

The accompaniment with the palliative is holy time. Each story declares its own journey, personal, not completely knowable, communal and universal. Endings become beginnings. Hearts break open and are soothed with a balm of unconditional soul friendship, that only the bond which exists between us all can offer. The bond of oneness.

Excerpt from May I walk you home? Courage and comfort for caregivers of the very ill. Stories by Joyce Hutchison & Prayers by Joyce Rupp

 Birthing God,

you accompany us into this world

and you journey with us

into the next.

Come, with your loving voice

and urge my loved one to come home.

Console, encourage, and comfort them.

Enkindle the hearts of all of us

who walk with this loved one.

O Divine Light,

draw this loved one home,

to the radiance of your love.

 

 

The Second Book of the Tao by Stephen Mitchell

My Snapshot

Throughout the journey, when life is most acute there are words that have been tenderly stitched together that provide a portal into a glimpse of the yet known.

Nothingness and everythingness exist here.

A sliver of the deep oneness that weaves all life together.

Yet known, but knowable.

Stephen Mitchell resonates and draws from Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching with carefulness, radical honesty and deliberate humility.

I have always been able to reach into this book and find some part of myself I thought lost. A part missing or merely hiding, then resurrected through these teachings that remind us nothing is separate. Everything canoes the river to the still wide ocean and joins the dance.

Excerpt from The Second Book of the Tao by Stephen Mitchell

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You have heard of flying with wings,

but can you fly with wings?

You have heard of the knowledge that knows,

but can you practice

the knowledge that doesn’t know?

Consider a window: it is just

a hole in the wall, but because of it

the whole room is filled with light.

Thus, when the mind is open

and free of its own thoughts,

life unfolds effortlessly,

and the whole world is filled with light.

 

 

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O’Donohue 

My Snapshot

Anam cara-soul friend. A portal into the unique and deeply spiritual companioning relationship. John O’Donohue opens our eyes to the profound spiritual connection between two beings, whose souls recognize the holy in themselves and each other.

Excerpt from Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”