Although my promise to allow the word "vessel" to become my guide for the month of January has been forgotten on occasion, for the most part I have tried to be aware of myself as a vessel. It isn't easy to live in radical awareness. It is a practice. In moments of living AWAKE, however, I am aware that I am a vessel to be poured out, a vessel that is both fragile and strong.
I am a vessel of abundant life
a vessel of compassionate presence
a vessel of vibrant hope and affirmation.
I am a vessel of creativity
a vessel of poetry and song
a vessel of stories and dreams.
I am a vessel of joy
a vessel of laughter
a vessel of sorrow
and of tears.
I am a vessel of silence
a vessel of quiet
a vessel of solitude
and deep stillness.
I am a vessel of radical awareness.
Whoever you are...
How are you being poured out?
Sit with the vessel of your life.
Envision gifts flowing into you each day.
Recall the gifts you have gathered from others.
Name them. Treasure them.
What do you hold that you cherish?
How do your pour yourself out as gift to the other?
Write the story of your own vessel of life.