Time for the Sacred

by | May 20, 2021 | Seasons Newsletter | 10 comments

 

 

How present is the sacred in your life?

 

‘Oh but I don’t have enough time,’ you might protest.

But here’s the secret. Bringing the sacred into your life is not about needing more time.

 

It’s about needing more awareness.

 

Awareness can happen in a flash.

And it brings rewards: a lightening of the heart, a refreshing of the spirit, a wider perspective, and a release from the burdens of life.

 

 

 

 

Time for tea

 

In the midst of the final cleaning and clearing of the bach, I found myself multi-tasking; meeting a local man regarding work on the driveway, collecting cleaning things and tasks for the friend who had come to help, giving guidance to the gardener on her last trip, and at the same time checking off my lists and dealing with all the extra things that crop up, unlisted, at the last minute.

Time for a cup of tea, a time-honoured ritual.

I wandered into the bush for a moment to tune into the kawakawa tree, asking for its healing medicine before choosing a leaf for my tea. This simple moment of respect and connection, this stepping out of the flurry, opened up space to see something I might have missed.

 

The sacred is there in every moment, if only you open to receive.

 

 

 

A gift from nature

 

The rangiora tree nearby was dangling a leaf towards me. There it was, the white side of the leaf, hanging from an almost broken stem.

As I reached for it, I received a message from the land. I moved quickly inside, and taking up my pen, wrote the message on the soft white side of the leaf:

 

A message from the land.

Goodbye!

Thank you for loving me.

We will always be

CONNECTED.

 

As I stepped back into the stream of the work to be done, I felt comforted. All the hard work was being held in the light of a greater awareness. The love of the land was with me, and my weariness lifted like a cloud floating freely in the windy sky above.

 

 

 

 

What is your relationship with the sacred?

 

Sacredness is there in every season — right now in the fullness of spring if you are in the northern hemisphere, and in the mellowing and darkening of autumn if you are in the south.

 

Would you like to bring the sacred more fully into your everyday life?

Then try this:

  1. Create an invitation in your heart, as if you are opening a doorway.
  2. Each day hold the awareness that the sacred is just waiting to reveal itself to you. It may be when you are sweeping the path, walking down the street, or sitting down for a cup of tea.
  3. Notice how you feel at these times.
  4. Give thanks for each moment that is revealed. The sacred loves to be seen, and your gratitude will encourage it to be more and more present in your life and to take up more room.

 

Seasons blessings,

Juliet

 

Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred.

-Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Would you like further guidance on discovering a sense of the sacred in your daily life? Check out my book A Cup of Sunlight to find out more. 

 

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10 Comments

  1. Anita

    Thank you Juliet for this profound yet simple reminder to invite the sacred into the everyday. Bless you.

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    • Juliet Batten

      You are so welcome Anita. It’s always good to have a reminder. May you and sacredness walk together!

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  2. Hilary Foged

    Thank you. Thank you. A wonderful and inspiring encouragement. I find pausing even briefly brings a sense of the sacred and peace. I notice the tree and its offering of colour this time of the year, the woman walking by with her enthusiastic puppy, the sense of connection with life, when I pause.

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    • Juliet Batten

      Pausing is so powerful! Thank you Hilary for these beautiful examples. I can feel the sacred in your words.

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      • Amanda Edwards

        Another beautiful reminder. Thank you, Juliet. I noticed just recently how simple gratitude for the abundance around me … even the things in my pantry (which was fairly empty!)… makes me feel at peace with myself … I have enough. I am enough. I am blessed.

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        • Juliet Batten

          Thank you, Amanda. Gratitude is such a beautiful practice. Having enough, and being enough — lovely!

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  3. Debra Brough

    Thank you Juliet. Perfect timing as always. This is exactly what I needed as life has become so busy and prioritising so important. I’ve committed to just pause and open myself to the sacred at least once a day, and every time I feel overwhelmed, as I know the sacred is the answer.

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    • Juliet Batten

      Oh, it’s so easy to get too busy and forget the simple things. I’m so glad this has helped Debra, and thank you.

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  4. Penny

    Thank you Juliet – your message reminded me of the wonderful experience I had last Friday. I had been going about the housework (something that I don’t enjoy but must do), when I stopped to go and bring our greenwaste bin in from the road. As I opened the gate I saw not one, but two Tui feeding from the tree I’ve let grow wild at the end of the driveway. I stopped to watch them, enjoying their play and their delighted chortles. A person walked past, unaware of the beauty not three feet from their head and it reminded me to always look up, always look around myself instead of staying stuck in my own thoughts when I’m walking. I had a chat with these friendly two within arm’s reach of me, then was overjoyed at the fact that my bringing the bin in, scraping it over the shingle of the driveway didn’t scare the Tui away at all. It made me truly feel a part of nature, a part of their world, like I had been accepted into their world and that I am home here. The whole experience sure made doing the rest of the housework seem like a breeze and I feel incredibly blessed by the experience.

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    • Juliet Batten

      Thank you Penny for that lovely story! It’s amazing how that connection with nature through the tui uplifted your day and even doing the housework. These sacred connections are so powerful in the way they infuse our lives.

      Reply

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