May the Road Rise to Meet You
My father passed away this week while I was singing this song Sunday morning, at the Center for Spiritual Living:
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be at your back
May the sunshine warm upon your face
May the rain fall softly on your fields
And until we meet again
May you keep safe
In the gentle
Loving arms of God
And it was during this passage that I felt him leave. I felt him come to me, and say his goodbye:
For everything there is a season
A time for loving
A time to for letting go
In all things God is near
Always guiding your way…
It was all I could do to keep from crying, because I knew. I felt him, and I was grateful. I knew the day before that he was leaving his body. I knew that it was going to be within 24 hours, even though the doctors said they didn’t know when.
Before studying the MKE, I would have felt guilt for not being there with him, for not calling the priest to do the last rites. I would have felt guilt for forgetting to call the night before, after my performance. For not going to see him two weeks earlier. But I have been practicing self-acceptance. I understand the Laws of the Universe – everything happens as it should.
Using the MKE practices, I have been able to be present, to honor my siblings as we walk through the whole process of saying goodbye, letting go, going through finances, arranging the funeral and announcements, bagging his things. I am soft, and offer love, a gift, a compliment, a prayer. I tune into my papa with love and appreciation; with beautiful memories of a simple man who worked hard and loved the land and his family.
Law of Least Effort: Acceptance
I will practice Acceptance. Today I will accept people, situations, circumstances, and events as they occur. I will know that this moment is as it should be, because the whole universe is as it should be. I will not struggle against the whole universe by struggling against this moment. My acceptance is total and complete. I accept things as they are in this moment, not as I wish they were.
I Accept all that comes to me. I take Responsibility for my actions and reactions. I practice Defenselessness by being an observer, softening my mind, listening to my solar plexus, and thinking before speaking.
Dante’s Prayer, Loreena McKennit