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Thursday Re-View — Walk On

In my work with loss and bereavement, music is a powerful tool. It not only comforts the dying, but the living as well.

“Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying,” produced by Michael Stillwater and Gary Malkin, blends messages and music about life, death, forgiveness and acceptance, narrated by spiritual thinkers from a variety of faith traditions.

One of my favorites, which I use for myself from time to time to affirm my life journey, follows. Here, Jeanine Prevatt holds sacred her Cherokee lineage and her deep connection to the Earth. You can also find the accompanying music on iTunes if the words speak to your heart, as they do to mine.

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Walk On
~ Jyoti ~

Good morning, Grandfather.
I entered this life a ways back
and put skin on to walk two-legged on this Creation –
and what a glorious time it was.

It taught me about breath
and about sensing and feeling and caring through my heart.
And I walked on around that Red Road,
looking and trying to understand more
about the mystery and the secrets She holds.

And You spoke to me through the wind,
and You sang to me through the birds.
And You brought challenges forth so that
I might listen to the message You bring me more sincerely.
And I kept walking down this road.

And I came ’round the bend
at the middle of that curve in the road
and I began to find a secret in the Spirit of my Self…

And still I walked on, sometimes blind and deaf,
and sometimes with pain.
But I fought with my fears and I embraced my unknowingness –
and still I walked on.
And my children and my family stood with me
and we came to know each other in those later years more than we
had before – for some of our falseness had fallen away –
and still I walked on.

And I kept walking on this road towards You,
towards that other world that grew closer to me with each step.
And as the door of the Great Spirit world came closer
my fear loomed up inside sometimes…

But something called me forth –
the Morning Star rose with each day –
and my prayer became a centering – and still I walked on,
until I began to hear the Song of the Mother,
and Her arms embraced me so,
that instead of walking She carried me right to the door.
And as the door opened, I heard Her Song,
and Her Song lifted me up, so I could soar.

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13 thoughts on “Thursday Re-View — Walk On

  1. That is a very beautiful poem Theresa. Your journey for others is a blessing for those that have not come to terms with their impending release from this world. And I now have much more respect for the work that you do.
    I had the privilege of being with an 84 year old farmer and speaking with him over the last couple of months. Very old school, didn’t believe in God, had just the work of his back in all those years…and he told me he wanted to die, there is nothing here for him. I was a little taken aback from that fear and hopelessness I could feel within him. He asked that I take him out to his farm as he could no longer drive, so I accepted this and we spent the day driving around and he pointing out all these things, (like a kid in a candy shop I might add), that he had done over the many years he had owned this land.
    Today when I visited him, Spirit asked me to say to him, ‘It is not that you have nothing left to do, or you feel you have no worth any longer…it is in who you have become because of your journey, the work you have achieved in your life has helped many, benefited many in so many ways. It is who you now are, what you have become because of that love in what you have done all your life. You have achieved a great deal. Believe in that, and what you have now become’.
    A young lady who was there chimed in beautifully with a poem she had written about not trying to be something we are not, fearing the future or worry about the past, but be that truth within and know we have all achieved much in this world, even by what we may have thought to be of little value. A little smile has great power, how much more when we give of our hearts.
    Theresa, your path is a blessing for so many, and not an easy one at times. You have my utmost respect for being able to step into those situations from within. You have a big heart. Love and blessings for being that support on that last step of our journey. Namaste xo

    • Your work with the farmer was priceless, Mark. You helped him to feel like he mattered, as do you. Your words for me come at a time when I really need to hear them – Spirit at work once again, this time for Theresa. I am blessed. With my gratitude and blessings…

  2. this is a beautiful Sunday morning meditation for me….thank you for sharing this…I am sharing your site and postings with my friends on FB. This is just so good. My Mom left Mother Earth about 4 years ago, and then my older sister six months later, and my brother last year…it is hard. Reading the Cherokee woman’s poem has helped this morning. I love the painting below the poem as well! How beautiful! Thank you!

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