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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Operation Cover Up

No, this title is not about spy agencies - newsworthy as that may be!

Operation Cover Up is about making sure children in orphanages in the Ukraine have warm blankets and clothes in the freezing winter temperatures.

For many years I have been knitting blankets for this excellent project. This week I delivered a couple of recently knitted ones to the local co-ordinator. Unfortunately I didn't take a photo of the blankets  I knitted or of her house packed with mounds of blankets, clothes and educational equipment ready for shipping! But these photos (more on website) will give you an idea:

If you are interested in being part of this project the website gives plenty of information - or you can contact me directly.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Silence: The Mystery of Wholeness

I'm reading this excellent book - recommended by Cynthia Bourgeault and Richard Rohr who are two trusted guides!

It is probably a book for those who are already familiar with a journey into deep silence. It is written in a beautifully poetic style of prose and comes at the topic from a place of deep experience on the part of the author. Robert Sardello PhD is co-founder with Cheryl Sanders-Sardello of the School of Spiritual Psychology which began in 1992. Chapter headings include: Entering the Silence, Relating within Silence, The Healing Power of Silence, Silence in Daily Living... Cheryl Sanders-Sardello writes one page "reflections" between the chapters. One that I found very moving is this one prior to the chapter The Healing Power of Silence:

"Entering your room I know that I am not alone with you. A holy silence attends you, too, close to your head just there by the window. It seems to have a proprietary attitude, as if you belong more to the silence than to me. Your eyes quiver open for a moment then close again, but there is a hint of a smile on your pain-wracked face, and your hand moves a centimeter towards me. Sitting, holding your hand, watching you struggle between planes of existence in this room full of silence, I know you are getting to know this other presence. As a baby turns in the womb, preparing for the long journey into sound, your heart is turning in your soul, preparing for the long journey into silence. And all I can do is hold your hand and smile when your eyes flicker open for a moment and try to fill the silence with all my love, so you will know it is there, too, on your arrival into silence."