Bowing & Blessing

An innate quality of all humans is to be of service, to offer blessings to others and to the world. In fact, the more I develop this quality and meet this quality in others, I delight with a resounding - YES! This month, as we begin afresh, a new year, I offer that the bounty of a blessing is only matched by the beauty of bowing. The blessings of today for the modern world need to be filled with a pure intention of being kind, compassionate and full of wisdom. Professional oaths to "do no harm", "put the client's needs first" or be an advocate are a good start, but not sufficient. We must move from complacency and neutrality to meaningful action.

MoneyMoves´┐Ż dedicates 2013 to deepening and strengthening the practice of bowing and blessing, interconnected practices that grow together, fostering well-being for ourselves and for the world.

Bowing is the capacity to sit, rest, pause, steep in, and surrender to... humility. The humility of not knowing, the humility of knowing that you don't know, the humility of knowing and resisting the urge to offer even though you know, the humility of recognizing the need to ask for help, the humility of well-earned pride, the humility of nothingness, the humility of being nothing and everything. Naked surrender is the stepping stone to blessing. Offering a clear and clean blessing means that we have practiced the art of surrender, to our capacity. This opens gifts of service which are the most impactful and purposeful for the present situation.

We can know our bowing practice needs attending when our offerings become sticky or clouded: there is an energy, a discord, or something that impedes a graceful state. For me, reliable signals for the need for deeper surrender are when "I am right", or I feel an onslaught of lethargy, or a drowning feeling of overwhelm. Your practice of bowing and blessing will deliver unique triggers and openings, to strengthen your capacities, and to follow the opening to practice.

Ultimately, a refined practice will result in an embodied way of being, when every moment is inherently a bow and blessing.

Each month we will explore the rhythms of in/out, experience/expression, dark/light, sun/moon, birth/death, scarcity/abundance, poverty/wealth (it all relates to money) in service of bowing and blessing.

To which, I offer a wonder question, when you consider your relationship to money, what does money invite you to surrender?

Bowing in surrender,

Be Moved...
 The greatest achievement is selflessness.
 The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the world's ways.
 The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is peace of mind.
 The greatest practice is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.

~ Meditation by Atisha