My week started with a twist, when I picked up this voicemail:
“Hi, hon. Just calling to check in on you. I know you have a lot on your plate. Just wanted you to know I’m thinking about you. Talk to you later.”
The voice was sweet, concerned, and unfamiliar. It was clear the caller thought she had left the message on her daughter’s voicemail. So I hit the unknown number to return the call, and the same sweet voice answered.
I told her I had just received a message, clearly intended for someone else, and what a beautiful lift it had given me – I wanted her to know that. I also wanted her to know so she could place the call and deliver that message to the person she intended it for. She in turn was touched. We wished one another well, and without exchanging names, hung up.
I call this an “Are you there, Sara? It’s me, God” moment, a play on one my daughters’ favorite Judy Blume books, Are you there, God? It’s me, Margaret.
Here’s the moral I wish I could share from God catching my attention in this way: I let it set the tone for my week. Ok if not my week, then my day?
Here’s how it actually worked: the call became a moment in a day, a week filled with other moments.
Moments when I showed up unmoored and uncertain. When I showed up with presence. When I found myself undone by the smallest kindness. When I was lost in fear of the unknown. When I felt held by reality. When I didn’t trusting the universe has my back.
AND: leaning a little more into kindness and a little more into honesty as needed. In short, this was one more week of showing up as imperfectly human, and mostly in good cheer.
The story in which I will eventually locate myself and the moments of this week and the weeks to come is an unprecedented one for humanity.
Sacred texts of many traditions have long instructed humans on our connectedness. Scientists and philosophers have described it their own language, from the Harmony of the Spheres to quantum reality. Each has had their regional and cultural followers and disbelievers, sometimes linked to nation-state or tribal boundaries. The reality of our human civilizations, the beautiful blue sphere that we are as seen from deep space is real to us in a whole different way.
Now we humans across the globe share the language of epidemiologists to describe our connections, the connections of direct touch, of shared surfaces like doorknobs and counters, the connections that take place through the air we breathe. And those of us who are able rely increasingly on the interconnectivity of technology to check in with loved ones, meet with colleagues, organize our communities to help one another, have a cup of tea, celebrate, pray, and even mourn together.
The imperatives of social distancing invite us to create sacred and nourishing online refuges.
COME AS YOU ARE
….determined, anxious, spinning, grounded
Wednesday, April 1, 12-1 EDT – Join me on Zoom
FOR AN HOUR OF GUIDED NONDUAL PRACTICE, REFLECTION, AND SHARING
REGISTER HERE by entering COME AS YOU ARE in the message