Volume 10 I July 26, 2020
The Mission Farm Weekly Graze
Weekly thoughts and happenings at Mission Farm and your weekly Zoom Link to Sunday Morning Prayer! (Full invitation is at the end of this document)
Dear Friends:

This week felt like another week of abundant surprises and blessings and exhaustion. This article makes our happenings at Mission Farm feel so real!

While we build the gardens at Mission Farm and introduce ourselves to the local community we are also engaged in conversations in the state around food access and social justice. The research is clear. These are particularly pressing issues in our rural community during COVID-19. We hope to find ways that Mission Farm can contribute to bringing awareness to these justice issues in the Killington area.

The social and political upheaval in our world only add to our feelings of stress. The experience of isolation, grief and fear seem to be peaking this week for many and the uncertainty of the future sometimes feels unbearable.

It is in the reflective space I give myself each morning that I seek to integrate the stress of living in the world right now with the calm my body and mind need. I caught this photo of the church and the early morning fog in the stillness this week. You can find this still space wherever you find yourself - for the duration of a deep breath or for 20 minutes. You can also join us at Mission Farm for Morning Meditation on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30.

It is in this still space where I am really able to connect and feel all of the gratitude, the love and the exhaustion of these days. It was in the stillness this week that I was struck by these words from John O'Donohue:

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight.

There is nothing else to do now but rest
And patiently learn to receive the self
You have forsaken in the race of days.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.

(Find the entire poem here. )

The rain that caressed the land at Mission Farm this week was a soothing reminder to me that rest is essential for our survival and is actually an expression of love. I hope you can find love and care for yourself this week.

Join us Sunday at 9:30 for Morning Prayer HERE on Zoom.

The Order of Service can be found HERE

Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Lisa+


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