Beautiful Camels!

Happy New Year dear Jade Readers. Perhaps because it has been a full day, preceded by many ‘full days’, or that it is New Year’s Eve and we are heading into yet another year of Pandemic, I just felt this news article in the Guardian newspaper HAD to be shared. But why?

It is said that retaining a sense of humour is the saving grace of the religious life. Please laugh, smile, raise your eyebrows in wonderment as we head into the year to come. May we find contentment, peace, joy and a smile in our hearts. Always and forever. And YES, this is a very sad business – Camel Beauty Pageant! Really?

Camels enhanced with Botox barred from Saudi beauty contest

Saudi authorities have carried out their biggest crackdown on camel beauty contestants, disqualifying more than 40 “enhanced” camels from the annual pageant,

The camels disqualified in the competition, at the King Abdulaziz camel festival, were judged to have received Botox injections and other artificial touch-ups.

Botox injections, facelifts and other cosmetic alterations to make the camels more attractive are strictly prohibited. Jurors decide the winner based on the shape of the animals’ heads, necks, humps, dress, and postures.

Winter 2021 OBC Journal

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Dance the Ancient Dance

If you are alone
or if you are in company
and feel alone
Then listening and watching
will remind you that

Listening, not being SO busy
so involved in getting things done
or overly involved
in your own hard times
or the hard times around you.

Stop! Listen!
Together with.
and the Great Universe
will dance the Ancient Dance.

David Whyte from Laura Hope-Gill on Vimeo.

All that said, and but that I would be faultless at taking my own advice, it is onwards to cooking! I’ll be listening to ‘you all’. Happy Holidays.

Have a peaceful day, wherever you are.

Recognizing Yourself, Accepting Yourself

At last, a moment to share this poem with you all. Turning around and coming back to yourself, recognizing yourself and knowing yourself. Make of this poem what you will. I love listening to the author reading their poem, the Irish lilt, the repetitions to add emphasis. The sentiment.

by David Whyte

There is a faith in loving fiercely
the one who is rightfully yours,
especially if you have
waited years and especially
if part of you never believed
you could deserve this
loved and beckoning hand
held out to you this way.

I am thinking of faith now
and the testaments of loneliness
and what we feel we are
worthy of in this world.

Years ago in the Hebrides,
I remember an old man
who walked every morning
on the grey stones
to the shore of baying seals,
who would press his hat
to his chest in the blustering
salt wind and say his prayer
to the turbulent Jesus
hidden in the water,

and I think of the story
of the storm and everyone
waking and seeing
the distant
yet familiar figure
far across the water
calling to them

and how we are all
preparing for that
abrupt waking,
and that calling,
and that moment
we have to say yes,
except it will
not come so grandly
so Biblically
but more subtly
and intimately in the face
of the one you know
you have to love

so that when
we finally step out of the boat
toward them, we find
everything holds
us, and everything confirms
our courage, and if you wanted
to drown you could,
but you don’t
because finally
after all this struggle
and all these years
you simply don’t want to
any more
you’ve simply had enough
of drowning
and you want to live and you
want to love and you will
walk across any territory
and any darkness
however fluid and however
dangerous to take the
one hand you know
belongs in yours.

Bodhicitta – Part Nine

We talk about seeking enlightenment, or seeking the truth, as if we had lost, or were missing, something. And that is certainly what it feels like. Many people have a feeling there is something missing from their lives. And that feeling can last for years. In reality, nothing is missing, but there is an absence of contentment, of peace of mind. But because the truth is never hidden from us, just taking the next step can reunite us with our true self. Every moment is an opportunity to enter reality.

How many steps will we need to take? That’s the question only you can answer for yourself. And you can, by following where the bodhicitta leads.

Note: I was personally touched by this talk and saw the benefits others are likely to derive from visiting his words, published here on Jade over several days. Thanks to the Reverend for permission to do this. Listen to the talk.