Enough for the day: Hold Out Your Hand


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The end of the year-long journey of the Patra vessels is nearing its end. There have been so many rich stories collected in the lives these bowls have witnessed. I feel greatly privileged to have shared in some of those experiences with your comments on this site, emails, and dialogs. I look forward to further connections as many of come together for the exhibition events Feb. 14th next year.

Almost daily now I’ve been receiving delivery of square boxes, like pilgrims home from the trail. My dog, who loves the delivery drivers because of the treats they bring, is so happy! And I too am glad to feel the gathering build. It is my imagining that even without the actual bowl in hand, you’ll feel some of the resonance of its time with you. Your hands, cupped in a bowl shape, evoke this experience and may act as the visible reminder that what is received is enough for the day.

This morning I read a poem that immediately struck me as connected to this thought. I offer it here.

If you read this blog and would do me the favor of emailing me a photograph of your cupped empty hands, I’ll use these photographs at the end of the Patra Passage’s film documentary. Information about the exhibition opening events on February 14th, 2015 will be posted soon.

 

HOLD OUT YOUR HAND

Let’s forget the world for a while
fall back and back
into the hush and holy
of now

are you listening? This breath
invites you
to write the first word
of your new story

your new story begins with this:
You matter

you are needed—empty
and naked
willing to say yes
and yes and yes

Do you see
the sun shines, day after day
whether you have faith
or not
the sparrows continue
to sing their song
even when you forget to sing
yours

stop asking: Am I good enough?
Ask only
Am I showing up
with love?

Life is not a straight line
it’s a downpour of gifts, please—
hold out your hand

                                      ~ Julia Fehrenbacher

 www.paintedpath.org

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