I am focusing on using people's vision words for 2016 for a few daily prayers. Today, I am using "permeable" from Anne to guide my selections. If you share your word, I will use it over the next few days!
I am inspired by the music of the Michael Heart, the wisdom of Carrie Newcomer, poetry of a Syrian child--Reema, and sacred words from Barbara Fredrickson.
Permeable makes me think of membranes. Those little border of lipids around our cells that allow certain things in and certain things out. Permeable membranes have an important job. For example potassium must go through the membrane into our cells. Potassium plays important roles for heart function and energy production. So for this little trick to work, we have to get enough potassium from the outside (our food, supplements, etc.) to make the whole exchange function properly. Our cells also release things in the potassium exchange - sodium. So through the permeable membrane, potassium in--sodium out.
This is a little bit like life. We can operate in three states. (1) Things come in and pass through without affecting us. (2) Things come in and stay without leaving. or (3) Things come in and change us. Through any of these states, we reflect out into the world what is coming in. If things come in and pass through without affecting us, we become bombastic and centered in our own positions. If things come in and stay and we don't put anything back into the world, well, I think we will eventually put something back into the world in the form of a spiritual, mental, or physical explosion! The last position is the ground of permeable membrane-ness in humanity. Things come in--we hear a story, we read the news, we experience the world--and it changes us. So we can then put something out into the world that is an appropriate response. Well, I hope it is an appropriate response. I suppose we can choose to put fear back into the world. I would rather imagine putting loving kindness back into the world. That is a healthy response. We maintain healthy responses by setting up the conditions for good permeable membrane exchanges. We eat bananas for potassium and we ground ourselves in good spiritual, emotional, and physical practices so that our permeable membranes can operate in the best of conditions.
So yes! Be permeable!
PS: I haven't had biology since *umpteen* years ago. Please be kind if I make biology errors!
Let my heart rise up to meet mercy, my voice to meet compassion, my hands to meet action.
BIBO: Breath In, Breath Out--hum
What About Us (Song for Syria), by Michael Heart
Can't you hear us calling
Can't you hear our pain
What will it take to free us from these chains
I chose this piece because this is an issue in the world that should be permeating our membrane and inspiring us to put loving action back out into the world.
Reema is a 12 year-old Syrian refugee who has fled to Lebanon with her family. This is a poem she wrote about her home country. She is happy for Oxfam to share her poems and was really pleased that so many people, around the world, knew her through Oxfam. Found here.
Poem: Reema, Age 12
Translation: Dr. Nahla Baydoun
Our hearts love you
How your children love you
How the memory would forget you
We will be back soon, to remove the tears on your cheeks
We will return one day to our mothers to kiss the soil and the flowers
Lovely Syria, we will be back soon.
1 Samuel 10:1-24
Please bring your own sacred readings to the daily pattern. Those selected here are chosen from the Christian scripture cycle of daily readings, the Daily Lectionary, at commontexts.org
“The boundaries between you and not-you — what lies beyond your skin — relax and become more permeable. While infused with love you see fewer distinctions between you and others. Indeed, your ability to see others — really see them, wholeheartedly — springs open.”
― Barbara L. Fredrickson
For the oppressed and weary
Especially for #blacklivesmatter and
for the LGBTQIAP community.
For signs of despair and violence,
for yet another refugee boat capsizing and at least 39 refugees drowning off the coast of Greece
for 16 more people who died yesterday of starvation in Madaya, Syria
for the Bryde's whale that was trapped on the shore of Mumbai
for US victims of gun violence in the last 72 hours, 260 incidents, 80 killed, 143 injured
For signs of hope and peace,
for Facebook banning private gun sales
for findings regarding proton therapy for cancer treatment
for Afghanistan setting up its first women's university in Kabul
for those who seek to be permeable, especially Anne
For Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Western Sahara, and Tunisia
For those who suffer, are homeless, or are sick
For those we love, those we hate and those we are indifferent to
For the transformation from ME to WE
Let peace prevail on earth.
So may it be.
Translation by Neil Douglas Klotz, Sufi
O Birther! Creator of the Cosmos,
Focus your light within us— make it useful:
Create your reign of unity now-
Your one desire then acts with ours,
as in all light, so in all forms.
Grant what we need each day in bread and insight.
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us,
as we release the strands we hold
of others’ guilt.
Don’t let surface things delude us,
But free us from what holds us back.
From you is born all ruling will,
the power and the life to do,
the song that beautifies all,
from age to age it renews.
Truly— power to these statements—
may they be the ground from which all
my actions grow: Amen.
May Peace Prevail on Earth. Amen. So mote it be.
"Amen" means "may it be so."
"May peace prevail on earth." is an addition inspired by Michael Dickel
BIBOLove is an addition attributed to the work of Soyinka Rahim, InterPlay practice, BIBOLove