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Blessed with Sunshine

For the second morning in a row, my little nook of the Pacific Northwest woke to sunshine.  The temperature was still just above freezing, but there was the sun coming over the Cascades and right into my eyes; barely a cloud was visible.

The morning walk was just incredible and the flowers just seemed to be cherishing the moment as much as I was.  One fragrant rhododendron was buzzing with bees and it was important to take a wide trip around.

The morning lesson, poem and inspiration were all about how important understanding one’s shadow side brings about wholeness and a deep enlightenment.  Matthew 4:16 “the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,”  the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes – my teaching Bible just falls open to that extraordinary passage.

Spirits were being lifted all around as our Chanting leader chose the Beatitudes for the hour session at noon.   We sang in Aramaic – over and over until our hearts were open…. The guitar and the drum keeping the rhythm.

I thought I would share these words with you  which are from the following sources:

Original transliteration and translation from the Peshitta (Syriac-Aramaic version) by Neil Douglas-Klotz

Transliteration and translations are from Prayers of the Cosmos:  Mediations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus also by Neil Douglas-Klotz

From the Book of Matthew from  The Oxford Annotated Bible  RSV  An ecumenical study Bible

  1. Tubwayhun l’meskenaee b’rukh d’dilhounhie malkutha d’ashmaya
    Tuned into the Source are those who live by breathing Unity, their “I can!” is included in God’s
    Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  2. Tubwayhun lawile d’hinnon netbayun.
    Blessed are those in emotional turmoil, they shall be united inside by love.
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
  3. Tubwayhun l’makikhe d’hinnon nertun arha.
    Healthy are those who have softened what’s rigid within, they shall receive physical vigor and strength from the universe.
    Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
  4. Tubwayhun layleyn d’kaphneen wa tsheyn l’khenuta d’hinnon nisbhun.
    Integrated, resisting delusion are those who long clearly for a foundation of peace between the warring parts of themselves, they shall find all around them the materials to build it.
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
  5. Tubwayhun lamrahmane dalayhun nehwun rahme.
    Blessed are those who, from their inner wombs, birth mercy they shall feel its warm arms embrace them.
    Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
  6. Tubwayhun layleyn dadkeyn b’lebhon d’hinnon nehzun l’alaha.
    Healthy are those who passion is electrified by deep, abiding purpose – they shall see God everywhere.
    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
  7. Tubwayhun lahwvday shlama dawnaw (hie) d’alaha nitqarun.
    Blessed are those who plant peace each season, they shall be named the children of God.
    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
  8. Tubwayhun layleyn detrdep metol khenuta dilhon(hie) malkutha dashmaya
    Blessing to those who are dislocated for the cause of justice, their new home is the province of the universe.
    Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  9. Tubwayhun immath damhasdeen l’khon waradpin l’khon wamrin elaykon kul milla bisha metolath b’dagalutha.
    Health when your strength is sucked out, when you are disunited and falsely classified as a waste of time, for my sake.
    Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
  10. Haydeyn khadaw wa rwazw dagarkhun sgee bashmaya hakana gyr r’dapw l’nabiya d’men q’damaykun.
    Drink a drop – or drench yourself- your will find no matter where you turn, the Name inscribed in light: it’s all the One Creation…it’s the sign of prophets and prophetesses to feel the disunity around them intensely.
    Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.

You are the salt of the earth:

You are the light of the world.

And so it continues and so I continued – a lovely salad, an hour nap, an hour read – 90 minutes of Yin-Yoga, a good phone call from a daughter, and check in with partner, and then connecting with friends for 90 minutes of Sufi Dancing in a Zikr (Dances of Universal Peace) based on the meditation from a Sufi teacher in the 800th century….that health returns to the body when rhythm and harmony are restored.

Have you ever created your own personal retreat?  Is sunshine healing for you?  Are you renewed by doing things that have been done for 1000s of years?  When are you at peace? What would you include in your healing practice or personal retreat?

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22 Responses to “Blessed with Sunshine”

  1. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    It’s interesting about sunshine – for years I’ve been reading about how the sun’s rays are bad for us, but more and more research is now showing that despite skin cancer risk, our bodies do need sunshine.
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Coping With Motherhood =-.

  2. Talon Says:

    What a lovely day you had, Patricia. Last Monday was one of those glorious May mornings. Bird song, sunshine, plump puffy white clouds dotting the blue sky…it was one of those days that made my heart beat a little faster. I think it was Spring Fever I was suffering from. Those types of days really linger and I remember them on the grey days and the cold days and I get that same happy and excited to be alive feeling.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..My whole heart… =-.

  3. Tess The Bold Life Says:

    Patrica,
    Sunshine is so healing for me we moved to AZ. And throw in the blue sky and I feel like I’m in heaven.

    I love what you write about the flowers in the present moment. It reminds me of what Echart Tolle wrote about flowers in his last book. I felt your sunshine and joy today!

  4. Patricia Says:

    Vered,
    I am even taking Vit. D to attempt to rattle my fatigue from my body – I can not believe how important sunshine is to me right now as I work on healing.

    Talon,
    I was still fatigued during this day that I wrote about, but the shining through and rituals did open my heart….it was hopeful but hard to remember now that the rain is returned.

    Tess,
    I just kept pushing myself to do everything – live…and it was a good/grand day.
    I can not handle heat either with this adrenal burnout…so I thought spring would be my best healing season….It is hard to imagine the massive number of bees in the flowers after all this unusual cold and rain. Almost spectacular.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Blessed with Sunshine =-.

  5. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia.
    I’m at peace in nature, whether (no pun intended) there is sun or rain. Sometimes I’m more at peace during a storm; there’s something comforting about the thunder and lightening when I’m snuggled in my bed or cozy under blankets on the couch. I dunno… guess the storm drives me closer to me. The sun brings more of me out. Nature… what would we do without it?

    Good to hear that you’re enjoying the sun and your walks. Your day sounded very Zen :)
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Guest Post: Contemporary Muses =-.

  6. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    It was a day older then Buddha….!!
    My calendar quote for the day: “Don’t get your knickers in a knot. Nothing is solved and it just makes you walk funny.” ~ Kathryn Carpenter
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Blessed with Sunshine =-.

  7. Jannie Funster Says:

    “a good phone call from a daughter” made me smile. Always better than the non-good kind! :)

    The Beatitudes are my very favorite passage from The Bible. I can read them and hear them again and again and again and never tire of the hope and comfort within. How could I?

    Yes, a little sunshine is very healing, especially the early spring kind after a long winter, as you rejoiced in today. The “Sunshine on my shoulders” John Denver kind.

    lol on don’t get your knickers in a knot. :)

    xo

  8. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    I got one of those not so good calls just today – “you are the greatest one day – and you are the worst the next!” so goes the story.

    Dot’s little calendar has some very fun quotes on it!

    We had rain again today – I can hardly stay awake….so I didn’t push it – 3 hour nap this morning and a 2 hour nap this afternoon…and I am still ready to go to bed NOW!
    (Not a good way to build a blog!)

  9. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. the sun is wonderful how it comes in at this time of year .. but here in the UK it is still very cold .. they tell me it’s March weather! Now it’s looming black and dark grey clouds – we may have rain or an April (cold) shower – also out of context.

    Rejoice and be glad .. we have so much we should be grateful for. We don’t tend to get rhododendrons down here .. but I can see the bush and hear the buzzing bees ..

    As I went up to Mum’s today .. I thought despite the cold – we’re lucky because my bulbs are going on and on .. usually five days and they’ve had it .. my tulips seem to be taking two or three weeks to very slowly come out & I can enjoy each one .. I’ve on a few pots and no garden. The trees aren’t yet all in leaf .. but the cnadles on the horsechestnut are just about to flower .. we have both colours here – I love them. When I was a kid we had a ‘conker wood’ .. four or five very large conker trees .. and another area .. a spinney – full of daffodils, lily of the valley, bluebells, then celandines .. a wonder world of new growth and colours ..

    Yeah – don’t get your knickers in a knot .. could be painful .. but before the get twisted .. have a good start to your day .. and a good time for every day – happy times .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Shambles, Pawn Brokers, Hay Market, & Portobello .. evolving street names … =-.

  10. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    This dis-ease (caregiver’s syndrome or adrenal burn out) seem to respond favorably to sunshine and we have added some Vit. D drops. It is still very wet and cold here and cold and hot seem to bring me to my knees….I am finding I hate not being able to accomplish things or do more. Today I started the day with Yin-yoga and feel much better than on our cold and rainy yesterday.

  11. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia – good to hear you’re feeling better .. lets hope it lasts for a few months .. or let ours come .. ! That would make a difference .. it is so cold & makes me feel like hibernating.

    Bye .. looking forward to a warm bed soon …. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Shambles, Pawn Brokers, Hay Market, & Portobello .. evolving street names … =-.

  12. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    I truly hibernated yesterday I was so cold….spent 20 of the last 24 hours in bed asleep…YIKES

  13. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! I am so positively energized by sunshine – and tend to be quieter and more reflective on raining days. The gray for nothing days just make me get busy so I don’t notice the lack of sun. I’m up at the lake house where the weather is at least 10 degrees colder than at home. I long for the warmer days to sit down on the dock. No bloomin’ stuff here – the deer would eat it!
    hugs
    suzen

  14. Chris Edgar Says:

    That’s fascinating to me to see the Aramaic in the New Testament given that literal (or perhaps revisionist?) translation. The different translations seem consistent with the standard New Testament approach, but perhaps phrased more in the terms of modern spirituality.

  15. Tony Single Says:

    Sunshine always seems to thaw out the coldness and hardness that sets in me, so I can very much appreciate this metaphor. The Sermon on the Mount has always been one of the most beautiful and inspiring and… dare I say it, compassionate parts of the Bible for me. :)
    .-= Tony Single´s last blog ..Before =-.

  16. patricia Says:

    Tony,
    I appreciate your nice comments – heartfelt and sun blessed

  17. Patricia Says:

    Chris,
    It was interesting to chant the Aramaic – The translations are older
    Yes Fascinating and beautiful experience – very heart opening.

    Did not mean to skip over you…just was replying backwards and hit the old button too quickly :)
    Thank you for your comment – greatly appreciated

  18. Patricia Says:

    suzen,
    We are having a several day run of spring like weather and sunshine…with just passing by rain showers. But more cold and wet are due by the weekend.
    Have a delightful time up north….we have so many deer in our yard we attempt deer fencing! Attempt control…Attempt!

    Yep when it is rainy we get so much work done, so we can stop and just enjoy the sunny days….well almost…usually so little snow – the kids get snow days from school, but we could use sun days too this year!

  19. Edward Says:

    Patricia, thank you for this beautiful share. I have never heard the bible in Aramaic. I imagine it must be transporting. I, too am in the Pacific Northwest, and this morning the rising sun was warm, for the first time, this morning. I love my morning walks.
    .-= Edward´s last blog ..Energy Is Feeling =-.

  20. Patricia Says:

    Edward,
    I love my morning walks particularly with our recent sunshine :)

    The chanting and the sunshine seems to be truly transporting me into feeling much better. Welcome and thank you for your comment

  21. Kay Lilland Says:

    Sorry that I am always weeks behind in reading your wisdom.

    I’m facing excess sunshine and heat for the next 6 months, and wish I could trade some sunny days for a week of rain. But few things were distributed equally: not rain, not sunshine, not health.

  22. Patricia Says:

    Kay you make an excellent point. We have a week of rain starting tonight…I was glad for a sunny break…and some warmth!
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Alaska Adventure for the Summer 2010 =-.