Come, come, whoever you are,
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving—it doesn’t matter,
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times!
Come, come again, come.
Thanks to Joseph Jastrab for introducing us to this poem and his musical arrangement of it. It served as a warm invocation for our first Mandala gathering on Thursday, November 10, 2011. Together we lit a fire beneath the full moon and enjoyed a bounty of goodies provided by the community. In council we spoke our intentions for the coming season of colder, shorter days, and shared stories, poems and songs.
As the Winter Solstice approaches, we can hold faith that our intentions, woven together in prayerful expression, will guide us. The words of each of us were spoken for all–the longing for a home, for a beloved, for alignment with the universe, for healing our purely wounded selves, for unity, for the beauty and comfort of our little blue boat, for the nourishment that grows there, for the joy of a spirit in our lives, for saying yes, for the poetry of the moment, the voice to sing of it, and the grateful acknowledgement of what we can create together.
Please mark your calendars for 2012:
◊ Winter Mandala—Friday, February 17
◊ Spring Mandala—Friday, May 25
(Memorial Day weekend)
◊ Summer Blue Moon Mandala—Friday, August 31
(Labor Day weekend)
◊ Fall Mandala—Friday, November 9