Spirit of Life, Breath of our Breath:
Now is the time when new cottonwood leaves
tremble in the breeze,
ferns and lilies decorate the forests,
and lush peonies and roses
fill the air with sweet fragrance.
How can it be that this riot of green,
these extravagant petals,
will fade and fall,
scattered on the wind?
How can it be that one moment,
a loved one breathes,
and the next they do not?
And how can it be
that the molecules of all the departed
are then gathered into new life?
This is the mystery.
This is the greatest mystery we know.
May our whole beings be filled with awe
at the mystery of life.
Spirit of Life, Mystery beyond Mystery:
The wheel of the year has turned again
and now we welcome young Summer.
Change is all around us and within us.
Friends and loved ones are on the move:
some are arriving, some are leaving;
some are ill, others recovering;
some are altogether gone.
When change becomes wearying,
when we feel we can’t keep up,
may we rest in the beauty of the world.
May we love the long blue days
and the warm rainy days.
May we love the red cardinal
and the green ferns,
the fragrance of roses
and the taste of fresh strawberries,
the face of the person to our right
and the face of the person to our left.
May we love them all the more knowing
we and they are all ephemeral parts
of one great living breathing changing whole.
May we rest in that whole,
knowing how greatly we are loved.