Pierre did the meditation:
"A shoot from a stump" seems a peculiar image for the Messiah, for God's ensign to the peoples, but maybe it's not too strange, in view of the other trees of faith.+
Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Placed in the center, an ensign, too (but confounding), of experience, consequence, gravity, growth. Bearing fruit, organizing and disorganizing life about itself
Tiny mustard seed grown to many-branched tree, sign of spacious faith, of God's spacious dwelling.
The True Vine and the branches who abide in it, bearing fruit, justice rooted in mystery. Love one another as I have loved you.
Fig tree, barren.
"Why should it be wasting the soil?"
The Cross, stark, a tree cut down.
Yet from it a shoot, great Tree of Life.
Tannenbaum, ever green, pointing beyond,
almost stoic, enduring harsh winter,
suggesting eternal life.
In Advent Wreath and Christmas Tree, wholeness, mystery
made intimate, light unextinguished.
The shoot from the stump of Jesse:
The Messiah whom God has raised up,
who is an Ensign, to the peoples, of God's Dwelling:
Peaceful, Righteous, Compassionate, Glorious.
joy sadhana for Advent (8)
"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy." -mylittleredgirl [more info]
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before our God to prepare the ways, to give knowledge of salvation to God's people by the forgiveness of sins. By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
Five good things about today:
1. Last night I was all bundled up going to bed, which I really enjoy but have rarely gotten to do this season since my roommate's been keeping the house at 68 or whatever even when going to bed and my bedroom's way warmer than the common areas.
1a. I got up around 9 this morning (without an alarm clock) and checked the thermostat and it was 64! In the interest of keeping the peace, I've barely touched the thermostat since early November -- though I've turned it down from 70 to 66 a couple times.
2. I have good friends.
3. RoommateKatie left a big bowl of chocolate on the kitchen table for the sharing. (Though I learned that orange Halloween Kit Kats are not so good.)
4. I had last night's leftovers for lunch, so that was three real meals in one day. (Something I often don't manage on weekends.)
5. wisdomeagle has the most brilliant rendition of the Wikipedia band-album meme I have seen.
Three things I did well today:
1. I lifted up Certain People in Prayers of the People at both churches today. (It's funny, I feel like after I've mentioned a prayer concern once I shouldn't mention it again, even though many prayer concerns are not one-time events.)
2. I did laundry. And washed dishes. And bought milk (when I buy a half-gallon it spoils before I drink it all, when I buy a quart I drink it all in like two days). I broke down the boxes that have been sitting in my living room and brought them down to the curb with the trash.
3. I respected my tiredness and opted for bed rather than trying to finish church writeups. (Okay, technically I haven't done this one yet, but I am heading there soon.)
Two things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
1. Getting more archives boxed.
2. Going to class and hopefully staying awake through it.
A commenter on someone else's joy sadhana post asked, "Is there any guidance for creating glee and Joy posts?" wisdomeagle offered the following:
1. steal this icon. (made by cleverocity (this step is optional.)
2. If you want to introduce the practice to your flist, you can cite mylittleredgirl's userinfo or this post of mine, both of which contain explanations of the practice. (This step is optional too.)
3. Choose a gleeeverse -- a quotation, a verse from scripture, a piece of a poem -- anything that makes you mindful. (This is also optional.)
3. Every evening (or every evening that you can, or at midday if you need cheered up) mindfully consider the day so far and list five things that have given you pleasure. They can be anything. Large or small. Things like, "I'm still breathing," or "the nice person who let me in on the freeway" or "only two weeks till Christmas."
4. List three things you did well. These can also be large or small -- waking up, eating breakfast, not doing the very bad thing you were tempted to do, those are all accomplishments.
5. List two things you are looking forward to about tomorrow. They might be things you hope to accomplish, or goals you set for yourself, or just exciting events -- anything that you're looking forward to, that means you're facing tomorrow with joy, not trepidation.
The practice can be adapted however you see fit to align with your own beliefs about joy and intention -- this is just how I do it and how I see my friends doing it. :)