This past week, I've spent a good amount of time reflecting on the process of rebirth and renewal. A dear friend of mine recently told me that she began a renewal ritual for herself. It began with a forgiveness of the self for anything left undone or any wrongs inflicted. Then, it moved to asking for forgiveness from others who you may have been wronged...and forgiving others who have wronged you. I fell in love with the idea of having a ritual of forgiveness before renewing the self as it offers a dignified 'death' to the life waiting to transform.
One of my favorite quotes about birth/life/death comes from the book Women Who Run with the Wolves... “A wild patience…is required in order to untangle the bones, to learn the meaning of Lady Death, to have the tenacity to stay with her…It is good to make a meditative and daily practice of untangling the Life/Death/Life nature over and over again…What must I give more death to today, in order to generate more life?...What must die in me in order for me to love? What life am I afraid to give birth to? If not now, when? – (Estes, 147).
Today, on my birthday, I am inspired to contemplate the birth/life/death and renewal of my faith.
...my faith in kindness, my faith in compassion and in rage, my faith in my body, my intuition, in myself, in the world, in mother nature, in divine intervention, in my dreams and in dreaming, in listening, in angels, in song, in the power of a good picnic, in dance, in embrace and in surrender, in play, in connection, in healing, in family, in the birth/life/death cycles, in breathing, in rewilding and in stillness, in possibility and in the potential for every moment to be exquisite.
- Doña Dei Cuori