Today’s blog explores the way in which individual words can serve as a source of insight, wisdom, healing, comfort and support and offers a specific meditation/prayer practice using words as the tool.
The other day as I was looking for an answer to a specific life-path quandary, I turned to a deck of inspirational cards that I own that focuses on specific words. The cards are intended to provide a source of focus, reflection and meditation and for me, the word that “showed up” was a surprise. The word was tending. Tending? What the heck does that mean? Since I didn’t receive an answer right away, I decided to apply a writer’s tool to this word. I put my pen to paper, and just starting writing about “tending.” I was shocked and amazed at what came through and it definitely provided for me a greater sense of direction – the thing I had been looking for. Below, you will find the results of my writing exercise. But before I bore you with my own drivel, I will invite you to enter into your own Word Play/Word Pray
1) Choose an Action Word. (Here’s a list to get you started): Standing Holding Energizing Co-Creating Nurturing Inhabiting Changing Connecting Creating Engaging Focusing Keeping Learning Loving Listening Opening Optimizing Playing Reflecting Releasing Seeing Serving Sharing Tending Waiting Opening Allowing
2) Write to or about the word. Put your pen to paper and just start writing. Don’t stop writing. Don’t censor. Just write write write about the word until there is nothing left to write.
3) Read and Reflect Read what you wrote. What new insights might have surfaced? What is this word now saying to you? How are you being invited to respond?
Now for the drivel:
Tending my soul. Tending myself. Attentive focus on ME! BE HERE NOW. What do I need? What does my heart want? Are my feet planted firmly on the ground? Can I feel the earth beneath my feet?
Tending. Tending me. Preparing the soil. What do I need to feel safe and secure? What is it that allows me to breathe? Some sunshine and water. Something for nourishment. Seeds planted. taking root, germinating, growing. bearing fruit. A fence to keep out the weeds and the pests.
Tending me with music, melodies, vibrations and sounds that grab my heart. Songs of praise. Chants of devotion. Compositions that confront, challenge, wring us dry, leave us breathless, inspire movement and change. Arias that make me weep.
Tending me. Paper and pen. Lots of paper, bound in leather. Indigo ink ONLY. Soul friends with which to share my life, my hopes, dreams, tragedies and triumphs. And to share theirs in return.
Tending me. To teach. To share. To encourage. To support. To love with understanding and compassion. To allow. To forgive. Honoring when “yes means yes” and “no means no.” Allowing myself to be loved, to be held, to be comforted, to be listened to and to be heard. To be supported. To be treated with kindness and honored with fidelity. To be adored and respected and understood. To be loved for WHO I AM.
Tending me. Quiet. Quiet so I can hear. Quiet so I can see. Quiet so I can take the time to feel. Quiet to make sense of it all. Quiet so I can breathe.
Tending. Tend. Tender. Tenderness. Tenderly. Tendency. Attend. Attending. Attendance. Attentive. Attentiveness. Attention. Intention. Intentional. Intend. Intending. Intended.
Now it’s your turn!
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