Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Focus on Love: Mady’s Song

I saw a news segment tonight about Moore, Oklahoma and the people there, well into rebuilding after a tornado devastated their town a year ago. The rebuilding reaches far deeper than buildings; they are rebuilding hearts in Moore, Oklahoma, hearts broken by the deepest kinds of loss.

One man grieved for his young daughter, grieved for the fear she must have felt as the tornado raged around her, grieved that he couldn’t get to her to relieve the fear and save her life. My heart went out to him and others like him who are trying to rebuild their hearts as they rebuild their homes.

Many years ago, a friend told a story to a group of people about her granddaughter. She was very close to her granddaughter, Mady. And this dear grandaughter died suddenly at the age of six.

Soon after her death, my friend sat for some time in Mady’s room, remembering all that they had shared. She felt Mady’s presence with her as she sat there and, picking up pen and paper, wrote what she felt coming from her granddaughter in a moment of clear communication, heart to heart.

She read the words she had written to several of us at a retreat not long after. I asked if I could write them into a song. The song is Mady’s, her words to her beloved grandmother, pure and simple. The words are the words of a six year old child, but come from a profound understanding of the deepest of living truths. With blessings, here is Mady’s song for all of us who struggle with love and loss.
Mady’s Song

 God is love, and love is you and I
God is love, and love is you and I

[Refrain]
It’s easy, it’s easy
You just gotta love each other
It’s easy, it’s so easy
You just gotta know you’re loved

God is love, don’t worry, just be happy
God is love, don’t worry, just be happy
[refrain]

Love is you, and I, and everybody
Love is you, and I, and everybody
[refrain]

In this world, we are all together
In this world, we are all together
[refrain]

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Focus and Clearing

Clearing continues to be linked to focus for me. Since I wrote about clearing, my husband and I have done more clearing, sorting out possessions and emptying spaces. I feel lighter and freer.

The song I have been sitting on for a year or three was one track away from completion, at least as far as the recording goes…a very small bit of recording too. I finally just finished it, fueled by the sense of lightness opening up in my life. As I finished, as I put away the microphone, I realized that finishing recording projects is part of clearing for me, too. I have a backlog of songs written that are not recorded. I need to decide which ones I want to record and figure out a way to do that (I can’t play guitar because of carpal tunnel problems)…one song has a guitar part already recorded, and I am learning to play one of my instruments in a way that does not cause me harm…I will find a way to do this!

When I do, I think the clearing will be immense for me, and lead me places I can’t even imagine at this point. For several years, in the face of physical challenge, I have felt stuck. As I clear things and projects (sometimes just deciding that I won’t do some of them) doors will open before me. I don’t know what they will be yet, but experience tells me that they will open.