Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Moon Inside Us All


Hello and Happy Spiritual Journey Thursday! (It's February. How can that be?) We're gathering over at Donna's Mainely Write to discuss the moon. That's right: the moon! Won't you join us?

As I was casting around for something to share, the first thing that came to mind was a favorite poem by Hafiz called "With That Moon Language." But I already blogged about that for a Spiritual Journey Thursday last March.

And then I remembered a favorite scene from one of my all-time
favorite movies: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

George Bailey: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary.

Mary: I'll take it. Then what?

George Bailey: Well, then you can swallow it, and it'll all dissolve, see... and the moonbeams would shoot out of your fingers and your toes and the ends of your hair... am I talking too much?

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That's what the moon inspires, isn't it? Bigness and wonder and magic and connection... I want a life full of love and moonbeams shooting out of my fingers!

AND I have long been comforted by the idea of "same moon." As in, no matter how far apart we are geographically or historically or emotionally, we share the same moon. What peace that thought brings me! And I need peace right now, during this season of so many changes...

And THAT makes me think of a poem I adore by a local poet Joe Whitten... he wrote it for his wife, and in the poem he refers to her as "constant sun" and himself as "fickle moon." I think we poets by nature are most often fickle moons... and we need that constant sun, don't we?

So today and all days I am grateful for the moon -- for its constancy and its changeability. And my suns, too! I enjoy both: the dark and light, the day and night.

Thank you for reading!

9 comments:

  1. Appreciations for sharing the light with a local poet & for bringing us that fabulous MOONPLAY scene! I'd forgotten.

    I too am always lifted up by how Luna connects Earthlings. It is a soothing
    feeling.

    Happy new MOONTH.

    (caps are not shouting, but to foil the spell-messer - ha!...)

    xox

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  2. I could just hear Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, and see that being replayed in my head! What a wonderful (life) scene!

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  3. The idea of swallowing the moon like a large lozenge and then finding moonbeams shooting from feet, hands, ends of hair--how magical!(Trust you to find that.) I too love the "same moon" idea which hadn't occurred to me this moonstruck Thursday, until you brought it up. I'm appreciating the moon more all the time!

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  4. Irene, the title of your piece is so engaging and then I read on to be captivated by the language of your post-so inviting. "Bigness and wonder and magic and connection... I want a life full of love and moonbeams shooting out of my fingers!" I take some of those moonbeams shooting out. Today is World Read Aloud Day so isn't it wonderful to be able to read all the posts from our community?

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  5. Can we grab a bag of popcorn and watch "It's a Wonderful Life" together?

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  6. ...casting around for something to share... that really grabbed me, Irene! Such a visual for what I seem to find myself doing when looking for ideas and inspiration. Lovely post, and so fun to recall that scene from It's A Wonderful Life.

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  8. I was so sad when the local TV stations failed to show It's a Wonderful Life
    I always feel large in moon light and small in sunlight. It's almost like me and the moon has a secret that no one else knows.

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