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Becoming an Elder by Cathy Carmody as forwarded
by Steve Kress and David Ellisor in their 10/23 SenGen session:
Poem by Cathy Carmody
Leaving behind my journey of struggling and racing through
the white water of many rivers, I become the river,
creating my own unique way.
Leaving behind my self-imposed role as a tree upon
which others have leaned, I now become the wind,
with the freedom to blow whenever and wherever I choose.
Leaving behind the boxes I've created in my life, crammed with
roles, responsibilities, rules and fears,
I become the wild and unpredictable space
within which flowers sprout and grow.
Leaving behind the years of yearning for others
to see me as somebody,
I soften into becoming my future,
with permission from SELF to
continually unfold as I choose, without concern
for how others may see me.
Leaving behind years of telling and teaching,
I become instead a mirror
into which others can peer and
view reflections of themselves to consider.
Leaving behind the urge to provide answers for others,
I become – in the silence of this forest retreat
– the question.
Leaving behind the rigor of my intellect,
I become a single candle in the
darkness, offering myself as a beacon for others
to create their own path.
I become an elder.
Authentic Aging by Martha McClellan
New year, new book, new invitations
A teacher at a retreat on living and dying I recently attended has
written a book that has captured my attention.
The title is The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can
Teach Us About Living Fully.
The author, Frank Ostaseski, is the co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project
in San Francisco. He writes in a grounded and understandable way,
using real stories and examples from the many people, both living and dying,
he’s worked with over the years.
The book is about the connection between our lives and our inevitable deaths,
and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer
to our truest selves and what matters most to us.
Reflecting on death can have a profound impact not just on how we die,
but on how we live. In the light of dying, it’s easy to distinguish
between the tendencies that lead us toward wholeness and those that
incline us toward separation and suffering.
The five invitations show us how to wake up fully to the rest of our lives,
offer support for coping with loss, transition or crisis and guide us
toward appreciating life’s preciousness. The invitations are not just theories,
they are to be lived.
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