threshing floor

bow downLife is a threshing floor. Have you noticed?

I remember a couple of times when I was raising my son, there had been a great deal of challenging news too close together. I really needed our world to stabilize, to settle, so I could catch my breath. Promptly after that wistful thought the intensity doubled, and I realized that we had been in a stable period–I just hadn’t experienced it as such. That was a heart-sinking moment; I had to reach very deep inside to increase my capacity.

In hindsight, “increasing capacity” means to surrender more deeply to what already is. Nothing to be done, only to be undone.

I was given a prayer back then by the remarkable seer, Frida Waterhouse. I was instructed to get down on the floor much like the man in the photo and give it all up. I can’t quite remember the words; I know the languaging would no longer satisfy.

The image of the threshing floor is a lovely teaching: winnowing away what is not needed–or not true–to expose the sustenance within.

Amrita Skye Blaine, 2013
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One thought on “threshing floor

  1. Thank you for reminding me of yet another such-good-thing to consider! It prompted me to check Wikipedia’s entry on “prostration”–it’s fascinating how many traditions, religions, cultures practice it.


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