August 16, 2005

The Face of the Friend

This morning, as has been true so many mornings, I watched the sun come up over the eastern skyline. The sun makes this remarkable yet ordinary journey each day, with exquisite penetrating energy. In the early dawn I let this light seep into me as I stand there in quiet reflection. This single moment in this herenow is all that matters – and it is a truly perfect moment. Where does this perfection come from? From where does this warmth radiate? My whole insides smile as I drop gently and effortlessly into the question, and become the answer.

Every evening this week just as we are finishing our dinner on the porch, we have noticed a doe amble by on a path she had made near our fence line. Following are her twin fawns, so endearing with their prancing steps and delicate young markings. The rhythm of their routine is comforting yet fresh; we never tire of noticing her near the field. As we observe her, the doe, alert and ever watchful, undoubtedly notices us. We are part of her routine, too. I love the circularity of this – the shared routine, the shared noticing. We are gathered in this cycle; there is so much perfection in this occurrence, so much blissful appreciation. Akilesh wrote, “Existence loves its creation, manifestation, and expression in all its various aspects.” How can it not? It is all so lovely – and I am struck over and over again with deep gratitude. Akilesh continued, “You are awake and being awake you are are filled with love for Self as it appears in all of its various forms.” Yes.

All outer things are reminders of Being itself; wherever you look is the face of the Friend. Eventually this process always becomes circular – Presence welling up inside us and moving outward, the outer world being consciously recognized and returned back to its source through our awareness. We live for spirit and spirit sustains us. And in that circle, encircled by our presence, is love. So very pure. Amazing love. Truly magical.

9 comments:

Trev Diesel said...

Meredith-

Reading your posts is quite like residing as The Witness. You have a complete love for and openness to WHAT IS and see the One Self manifested as the many.

I, for one, appreciate the time you take to share your insights and the reflections from your Mirror Mind.

Many more blessings to you...

Meredith said...

...and Ahh, I see again the face of the Friend. Thank you, dear Trev.
~ M

isaiah said...

"We live for spirit and spirit sustains us. And in that circle, encircled by our presence, is love. So very pure. Amazing love. Truly magical."

Yes- "Yes" is sometimes all I can add to what you've said... I know you take it for simply that. Your words read like my thoughts much of the time and this is a blessing for me.

Blessings to you-

Meredith said...

...and here is yet the face of another Friend! Yes, I know, Tommy. I do know, for I feel the same blessings when I read you and Trevor. Spirit is surely bouncing right back at us!

Namaste', dear Friend.
~ M

Gretchen Coleman said...

Hey Meredith, I know just what you mean about the circularity of nature.

My husband had a really cool experience with nature's fauna in our backyard a few days ago. He is a photographer and all the critters came out and posed for him one afternoon. He got some really cool pictures. You can see one of a frog on my blog.

Have you read The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukov? I'm still in the middle of it, but it sounds like a book you might enjoy - it is very enlightening.

Take care and thanks for your blog!

ashley said...

Truly magical... and so blessedly ordinary!

Thank you for sharing your deep appreciation and illuminating perspective of beauty residing within and beyond. This blog is a true treat and I'm thrilled to now have it on my heart-warming buffet!

Thank you,
Ashley

Meredith said...

Gretchen and Ashley, thank you stopping by and for your kind comments. Thank you Gretchen for the book recommendation - I have not read it yet but it sounds interesting.

The world is our exquisite buffet!

steve said...

God Bless!

If you get a chance could you please say a prayer for a little girl named "Rebekah" who has cancer. God knows who you will be praying about! Thank you so much!

Trying to rally some good Christian Prayer for her and her family!

Twyla said...

Hi, Meridith. Just ambled over and fell into heaven, I think! What a beautiful post. It's so refreshing to read something with awe and wonder at all that is around us. I could feel my heart opening as I read. Thank you.