April Not Church was historic and you can read a short post here to find out why.
We opened the historic gathering with “The Swan” by Mary Oliver
Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air –
An armful of white blossoms,
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
Biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music – like the rain pelting the trees – like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds –
A white cross Streaming across the sky, its feet
Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?
Mary Frances Lyans shared these thoughts on changes and led us in singing “Long Time Sun” followed by a meditation:
During this season, many in our human family around the world, of various spiritual traditions and practices, take time out to reflect upon some of life’s deeper mysteries.
Be it resurrection, reincarnation, rebirth and renewal, there is a common theme.
And at this time of global crisis, there is also great opportunity to go within and effect a transformation of fear into love, for ourselves and for others.
Through deep meditation we open up the possibility to be “reborn” in every breath, in every moment. And gratitude is essential.
We can come to a place of silence and inner peace. It is only here, in the present moment, that we are able to realize the Christ consciousness, the Buddha nature within, which is our true home.
We can help guide humanity through the dark night of the soul by giving our Light, thus increasing that Light exponentially.
Fasting, prayer, meditation, service to others – all are helpful in making our hearts a beacon.
While we certainly may miss the joy of family gatherings, Easter baskets with brightly colored eggs and chocolate bunnies for the children, a beautiful Passover seder,
or even dancing and singing together in celebration of Spring, we have, I believe, an even more compelling and joyful calling.
We clean house, sort out what is truly of value in our lives, and shine our Light.
Erin’s wonderful talk, “Everything Changes” from this historic gathering can be read in its entirety here.
Tom and Yella Werder shared their personal insights and practices that are supporting them during this pandemic and closed out the gathering with “It’s in Every One of US.”
See you in May!