August 2018  
Minister's Monthly Column

July  2018


Allow me an incredibly obvious metaphor.

I went to a yoga class this morning.  My yoga class is pretty unorthodox.  People chat through the whole of it.   There is an opera singer in the class whose “Om” booms in a Gilbert and Sullivan bass tone.  There’s a great deal of laughter.   Many of those in my class are in their 70s and 80s.  I’m in awe of all of them.  Their flexibility and strength inspire me. 

On my way to class I bumped into a good friend.  It was an uplifting chance meeting and so my spirit was light.  Our beloved teacher offered a few readings to start. The man who is often the only male in the room offered a reading from a novel that many in the room had also read so it was met with affirmation.  Another yoga friend sang to us, “All You Need is Love.”

And then, “Ommmmmmmmm.”  We began.

The opening song was “All You Need is Love.” (Did I mention that the music is sometimes a bit unconventional?)  I got a little teary-eyed.  “All together now …”

And then (obvious metaphor ahead) standing in a circle we did a few group poses.  We rarely do these poses.  I love them.  We began in mountain pose (standing still, upright, and straight) and then shifted to a tree pose (one foot resting on the opposing leg, arms up).  Our upraised arms brought our hands together, palm resting upon palm. 

No one lost their balance.  We held each other up. 

You see where I’m going here. 

When we dropped our hands all of us quivered and shook.  The tree pose got a little shaky.  Back up went our hands, palm to palm.  Back came a sense of balance. 

All Souls is a place where we seek to put our palms together with others who are brave and generous enough to offer their own palms.  By doing so we are all more steady.  We are all held up.

I did leave the class feeling steadier.   Right after, I met a friend for breakfast over which we strategized about the Rally for Families that by the time you’re reading this, will have happened.  We laughed together – palm to palm, steadying each other as we launched into the day.

So, my prayer for all of you is for hands to hold you up; courage and generosity to offer your own hands to others; purpose and abundant laughter; and always, that you will make time to find your way to All Souls on Sunday morning.

Happy, blessed summer, Beloveds.  

Reverend Carolyn