The category is: Moments of beauty
I turn 50 in early June and one of the ways that I’m showing appreciation for reaching this age is by capturing some of the things that have moved and inspired me through each month in the coming year. While I more naturally focus attention on negative news and all that’s broken in the world, I’ve learned that the practice of noticing, savoring, paying attention to all that’s making my soul stir is an essential part of healing and growth.
Presenting my list for May…curious if something on the list resonates with you or what kinds of moments of beauty that you experienced this month. I’d love to hear about what inspired you in the month that’s gone by or what you’re looking forward to in the weeks ahead~please add in the comments below.
- Azaleas, roses and peonies: Spring in Elkins Park, PA, the small town just north of Philadelphia where I live, is a symphony of flowers awakening. This month, following the forsythia, tulips and daffodils, it was time for the azaleas, roses and peonies opened up. I walk my dog about 90 minutes a day and made it a practice of noticing the new flowers blossoming each day. The wet petals after a downpour, the lilac bushes and the jasmine greeting me with their scent. Roses, especially, remind me of the gardens my grandmother tended and evoke those mothers who came before them, the ones I didn’t get to meet. I don’t take the blessing of living with all of this natural beauty around me for granted.
- The return of Pose: I am in awe of Billy Porter and the insanely talented actors, writers and directors that have brought the story of 1980s-90s ballroom scene to Tv. For any of us who lived through losing friends and family to AIDS during that era, the show is so resonate. Mortality, friendship, passion, acceptance~deep writing, brilliant acting. Pose is one of my favorite shows ever. I don’t want this to be the last season. I am savoring each episode.
- Reader’s comments on my Mother’s Day post: This month brought my first Mother’s Day since my Mom died last September and I was surprised by the memory that came forward in my reflection Not a sentimental Mother’s Day post about my Mom buying condoms for me. I never know which of my blogs will connect with readers; in this case, the comments on my Facebook thread when I posted felt like a continuation of the tribute to Mom and my grandmothers and helped me to feel like I was able to convey some of their wisdom. One reader wrote: What a wise and liberating legacy you received from those women in your family…and can now pass along to your daughter.
4. Grounds for Sculpture: One sunny Sunday afternoon, we met a dear friend who lives in Queens at a somewhat midway point between us, Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton township, New Jersey. It was incredible to be with our friend after a 14-month separation during the pandemic in such a beautiful setting~gardens and galleries of all kinds of different sculpture. One moment that particularly moved me was when my 15-year-old daughter noted that all of the sculptures of humans were of white people and thought the Grounds should update their collection to show more diversity. Right on! I passed that comment on via the Grounds for Sculpture website but haven’t received a response yet.
5. Kabbalah and Ancestral Healing: I discovered a great new teacher this year, Rabbi Tirzah Firestone. I am very grateful to be learning with her now in a weekly class through the Shift Network on Ancient Mystic Wisdom to repair personal and ancestral wounds. I have been interested in Kabbalah for a long time and appreciate Rabbi Firestone’s wisdom and craft in making what can be a very esoteric mysticism into embodied practices. If the course content interests you, a great place to begin is with reading Rabbi Firestone’s book, Wounds into Wisdom.
Thank you for reading. I hope this month brings you moments of beauty and connection. If you click the little ‘clap’ symbol it will help more folks see this blog.
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