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January’s moon revisits us tonight, April 17, 2011

We celebrate each full moon with a vow renewal ceremony we learned in Plum Village on a retreat. After a beautiful Touching the Earth ceremony with our sangha, the Washington Mindfulness Community, and two sitting meditation sessions, we came home and realized that we could end the day with our Full Moon Ceremony. Tonight’s full moon is very bright in a mostly clear sky with occasional clouds that lend even more mystery.

The ceremony is very simple and takes only a few minutes. We light a candle at the kitchen window with a view of the moon, sound the bell and recite the Five Awarenesses:

1. We are aware that all generations of our ancestors and all future generations are present in us.
2. We are aware of the expectations that our ancestors, our children, and their children have of us.
3. We are aware that our joy, peace, freedom and harmony are the joy, peace, freedom and harmony of our ancestors, our children and their children.
4. We are aware that understanding is the very foundation of love.
5. We are aware that blaming and arguing never help us and only create a wider gap between us, that only understanding, trust and love can help us change and grow.

The moon slides behind a cloud, but we are aware it is here, that we are here, interconnected.

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One Comment

  1. THE 5 AWARENESSES ARE MUCH LIKE BLESSINGS

    BLESSINGS

    WHEN WE BLESS SOME ONE OR SOME THING WE MAKE THEM PRESENT TO US AND THAT PRESENCE LEADS TO UNDERSTANDING AND LOVE. WHEN I MEDITATE IT IS A BLESSING.
    1. FIRST I BLESS GOD SO THAT THE TRINITY IS PRESENT TO ME AND I TO THE TRINITY. I LIKE THE TRINITY BECAUSE IT TELLS ME THAT GOD IS COMMUNITY –FATHER, MOTHER, SISTER, BROTHER.
    2. THEN I BLESS MY FAMILY SO THAT WE BECOME PRESENT TO EACH OTHER.
    3. THEN I BLESS OTHERS – THE COMMUNITY, THE POOR, MY FRIENDS, AND SO ON SO THAT THEY BE MADE PRESENT TO ME AND I MIGHT BETTER UNDERSTAND THEM.
    4. FINALLY, I BLESS CREATION – THE SKY, THE EARTH, THE MOUNTAINS, THE STREAMS SO THAT THESE GIFTS BECOME PRESENT TO ME AND I CARE FOR THEM.


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