Today I celebrate the dance of life to death to new life and the balance of Light and Shadow in my life.
I was raised with fundamentalist Protestant Christian traditions and values, but as I grew and was exposed to a wider world view, I moved outside that narrow framework to embrace the commonalities and affinities of many different faiths. Most of us share a love for life and our fellow man, we share the eternal weather patterns that shape our months and years, we share the stars that guide us in the directions that we hope to go, and we share the same rites of birth and death.
Perhaps the years spent on our boat and on the seas distilled this life view for me - I celebrate the seasons as they come and go, and my spiritual life is much more built around sensory enjoyment of nature, and meditation.
I feel very distressed by the hatred being felt and exhibited by many of my fellow men and women both in the US and in the rest of the world. I am by no means naive enough to think that it will ever end, but I do hope that perhaps I can share a little art, a little craft, hope, joy, love, and peace with you and yours.
One of my favorite closings is a beautiful Navajo blessing:
May you walk with beauty