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Episode Two Hundred Seventeen, Buttering The Sky

It is not such a stretch of the imagination to find personal omnipotence in our ability to butter a piece of bread. Consider the paraplegic. When one realizes the depth of the kinds of gifts a minute of life gives us, it is not so far fetched to understand that every mundane move we make is sacred in some way.

Hafiz suggests that trying to hold a sacred awareness while living each minute of our lives would make us crazy boiling in holy awesome sauce. The sacred resides in all that we choose to do and we remember what we need to when we must. I suspect this is why we need rituals of appreciation to take at least one or two occasional moments now and again to be aware and thankful for all our tools and abilities to participate in life.

Thank you for listening.

Music: Iron and Wine (Sam Beam) with Fiona Apple sing All In Good Time which is a song I heard on a favored music show that I listen to. They are certainly buttering the sky with their immense talents here. Our sacred lives are messy and confusing and pretty spectacular as this song laments... Give it a listen.

...All in good time, we'll remember when

Say our goodbyes and our hellos again

Huff and we'll puff until they let us in

All in good time

All in good time, we'll land on our feet

Your mother will sigh and my soldier will sleep

We'll swim in the ocean, fishes set free

All in good time...

Painting 'One of the Family' by Fredrick George Cotman

The original post in this series of poems by Hafiz (including an addendum regarding the authenticity of these poems) can be found here. Also, my thoughts on this series a year into these poems, HERE.

The Gift: Poems by Hafiz and translated by Daniel Ladinsky can be purchased here.

My book can be purchased HERE. E-book HERE. The Season Two blogcasts with audio excerpts from my book begin HERE: in Behind The Lines. This reading of the book excerpts in a mixed media format is Season Two of this blog. These recorded excerpts are outside the chronological order in which the book was written. Podcasts with audio only beginning with episode 22 can be found HERE.


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