I am a long-time member of the International Women’s Writing Guild. This supportive organization is going through a painful (and divisive) transition right now. I wanted to do something to facilitate the healing process. Three things came to mind, to share a new poem, the tonglen meditation, and my song, “Prayer of Lovingkindness.” This then is my offering. First, here is the poem, written for us:
Let us be calm.
Let us each take a deep breath,
let it out loud and long.
Let us let go of
and blame and taking sides,
the past is over.
We are creating the future
out of whole cloth…or not.
This sacred time of transition,
to re-envision the mission,
take the best of what was and
meld into what could be,
let go of what might have been
let go what you heard
might have happened….
If this collective
is to stay connected
patience and imagination,
minimum requirements for coherence.
We are women, we are writers, we are midwives.
It is our nature to give birth
to a living thing
only partly from our own genes,
to merge apparent opposites.
We are not powerless
waiting for the whims of others.
We can sit in our homes, clear-focused
and imagine the most ardently desired outcome.
With one caution, I set this in motion:
be kind, be generous, envision from certainty of compassion.
We are healers, it is not only what we do
with words or looks or action,
it is who we are, where we put our attention.
So let us heal our beloved organization.
Margaret Dubay Mikus
Tomorrow I’ll post my version of the Tonglen Meditation, a practical and powerful aid to untangling relationships. What in your life is struggling to change and grow? What do you need to let go?