Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rest


I keep drawing the four of swords, in the metaphorical sense. I need to rest, long and hard.

It's hard for me to rest, when there are so many inspiring words and songs and works of art that I want to share here. In my non-virtual life, too, I have trouble resting when there pictures and stories to create, and there are the practices of body/mind/heart to attend to. But rest is trumping everything for the moment. 

I will return refreshed and with new perspective, I think.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Postmodern Hymn: The Earth Forgives

"The World," from the Zombie Tarot

Today's hymn is literally postmodern; it was written by Margaret Atwood for her book The Year of the Flood. It is part of a collection of hymns that members of God's Gardeners sing. While Atwood's invented religion is far from perfect (she says so herself in an interview on To the Best of Our Knowledge), there are aspects of it that clearly are meant to resonate with contemporary culture. The website devoted to the book includes tips on how to become more saintly green, which I love. But there's also the lurking message that no religion is the whole story; no religion can make a perfect human adherent.  

The hymn itself is so simply sweet to my ears. After just a few listens, I feel that John Denver would be a better representative for the God's Gardeners' hymnal, but I do appreciate the critical tone of the hymn.



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