I’m still hoarding words, putting most into the book I am writing, so this month I am offering nourishment through words spoken by Stephen Jenkinson (this is a sneak peak into a feature article that will come out next month in Spirtuality & Health Magazine). In this section he is speaking to the importance of tending to the language one uses.
“Many of the world’s religions have the understanding that the world was literally spoken, chanted, or sung into existence from speech.
It’s an amazing thought that is very prevalent in the world.
So by virtue of our participation to speak—we are participating in something vast, and conjuring, and alchemical.
And it has immense consequence.”
“I prefer to imagine that you are of vast consequence being something like a stone in a still pond, and not limited by your lifespan. That is not a recipe for grandiosity…because with it comes a weight or a burden. You could have a consequence that you didn’t intend, or that you wished you didn’t have, so you could feel free. But there you go with the North American idea of freedom.”
Such words provides reason to pause.
I can’t wait to share the entire article with you.
But until then…may the offerings below serve and tantalize you.
"We have this word rhythm in English. It’s related etymologically to arithmetic, and to rite or ritual. We have another word: tale: which is synonym for story. But the verb form of tale, is tally, the verb to count, or keep track of, or to commit to memory. All of these things are in both of these words. So when you speak things in a rhythmic fashion, its no surprise that the word arithmetic appears in the word. That’s what stories are: an arithmetic rendering of life, not to make sense, more to keep track, not to be too lost for too long, more to call somebody home that’s been out in the fog longer than it suits them."
May these eclipse days be filled with grace,