Weekend Picnic – 5sept14
I would like to start a series of posts called the Weekend Picnic. Many of us live awfully busy lives…and maybe time for a gourmet meal is out of the question. With the Weekend Picnic I’d like to encourage you to find a little piece of time alone with the Eternal One each weekend (kind of like the Eternal Now meets Temporary Now). I’ll throw out a suggestion or two that may help.
This weekend – take some time to intentionally remember your summer. Most of us have kicked back into the über-drive of the rentrée. (reentry, as the French call the start of school each fall.)
Before things get too hectic…before the change of the season…before you forget – take a few moments to remember the good things that happened this summer.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Make a list of some of the simple things that touched you: the smell of fresh cut grass or the smell of summer rain, the view from a mountaintop or the view of a dear friend, the feel of your toes in the grass or the feel of your feet in a mountain stream…you’ve got the idea. Stop now and think through these tiny but refreshing moments that summer brought your way…and give thanks.
- Draw a picture/make a photo collage of one/some of these precious summer memories.
- Maybe there is a person who comes to mind as you think back through your summer. Someone that you became more aquainted with or someone that you haven’t seen in a long time or someone that you met for the first time. Take a few moments to express your thanks for the encounter. Now offer them a blessing. Imagine then standing beneath a refreshing waterfall and simply say “benedictus” or “may they be blessed.”
- Or maybe something happened this summer that was not very positive. If so, create simple a ritual that will allow you release the memory of that event, moment, person, activity, etc…..allow your hands to dangle by your side as you think about it, write down your thoughts about the situation then tear up the paper, allow a stone to represent this weight then throw it in a lake/river/ocean.
I hope you enjoy your weekend picnic…a few spontaneous moments to enjoy a simple spiritual meal.