is to share the connection and strength
of solidarity with other human suffering by singing together from our woundedness
meaning is given to our and others stories
by becoming a corroborative voice lifting all up beloved fellow voices in the mercy choir
let us join together singing
our prophetic laments and soothing psalms remembering the most precious gift we can give
another is our presence and attention here and now
belonging together in in authentic healing communities Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
May 5, 2021 images: Savasana Chakra Garden by Kimberly Russick,
photo of Savasana Class unattributed Authors note: Savasana is a healing Hatha Yoga posture of
deep relaxation between sleep and wakefulness. It is also
called the corpse pose. By entering this deep meditative
state of nidra consciousness we can reach higher stages
of well being that relieve stress and result in wholeness
and healing. Savasana is usually taught and practiced
as the last posture in yoga classes and with the guidance
of the instructor can be transformative.
Sooner than expected, my new book is ready to view and order on Amazon.
I hope you will view the book at http://www.amazon.com by searching on the book’s title, and if it’s poetry and theme resonates with you, you will consider purchasing it.
One more request is that after reading, if you would please leave a review of the book on Amazon, it would be a great help to me. More reviews help increase sales on Amazon.
Thank you friends for all your support, and I hope you will enjoy the book written from my heart as an offering of radical grace and love for the healing of the world and all beings as True selves belonging together in authentic community💓🙏🏽
Earth Day 2021 Quote
by God today take a break
from the 10,000,000 things
that distract us see the Universal Cosmic Christ
by whatever name
in the stranger, other, oppressed especially those
making us the most uncomfortable
in our privilege allow the truth, beauty, and goodness
that surround us to act in
mercy, radical grace, and radical love turn so that hearts are opened
and spirits lifted up and so this shall be the new way
that God is always with us all
in the mutuality of giving and receiving Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
April 20, 2021
poem: the solitude of being
and the hope of each day
oh solitude I am learning thy name
beloved family and a few beloved friends are close
always room for the harmony of others
being in harmony with God’s grace, love, and hope
one does nothing and leaves nothing undone
living simply, each day (w)ho(l)ly new unto itself
solitude and harmony
not doing thus being
simply made new in the hope of each day
if I get to the little hidden green field
of wildflowers today,
it will be more than enough….
gratefully, letting your
heaven be the earth
below your feet
here&now working poetry
April 5, 2021
photos by Herb Stone
Dear friends of here&nowworkingpoetry.blog (which I recently changed to the author’s domain herbstonejr.com) I am pleased to announce I will be publishing my first book of poetry soon. I invite you to watch my video announcement below and to stay tuned for further updates as we approach publication. I can not thank you all enough for your support of my poetry, and I look forward to many more years of writing in hopes it is resonating with you as we continue our journeys of growing as True Selves and building communities of authenticity together.
( I originally wrote the reflection below several years ago as I underwent a particularly challenging realization with the institutional church of which I was a congregant eventually resulting in my departing the church for what for me is a much more meaningful spiritual life centered in celebrating the gifts of all spiritual traditions and being grounded in the evolution of True Self (discipleship) and belonging together in authentic communities (the kingdom or kin-dom). My relationship with the Divine Cosmic Will (God by whatever name) has never been stronger.)
My increasing awareness, especially now in my life, is that Jesus is always with the outsider and outcast who suffers and hurts for the world and shares the pain of others.
Jesus leaves the institutional worship place, sometimes in anger, as we see in the Temple story of the ‘den of robbers,’ to be with those who are on the outside and who just can’t cut it in those places anymore. I think of this as the spirituality of imperfection. Certainly we all are united in our imperfections.
Other good and innocent souls linger there as well perhaps holding onto the law and its rules of right and wrong not having yet experienced the truth, beauty, and goodness of our shared suffering and wounds and imperfections.
God send me into the messiness of this world with the imperfect souls such as myself so that we might commune together in the dark shadows and light spirits as your Beloved children through grace, love, mercy, justice, peace, and hope!