Song for the weary…..

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There is a place
in each moment,
a soft,  gentle space for breath
to unfold slow
and deep and safe,
where ample rest welcomes and waits
like a tall glass of lay-me-down
and it whispers welcome
to every lift and settle of my heart.

And there is a stream there,
a place for tired feet to go bare against cool,  smooth pebbles
glimmering songs of here and now and love that fills
and of rest that presses it’s weight against the weary of me
like honeysuckle kissing evening air
and it nourishes and calls
and I can answer if I will.

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Cause sometimes I wreck this heart by rushing,
wanting to flop down into the finally of having everything wrapped up done
and it’s crazy how my mind can wedge me into stories that steal away my peace
and set me to running from rest,
flying scared because I get to thinking
that it’s the push and squeeze that saves me.

Some days I forget to remember
to respond to the living rest
that lifts me from this weary way I sometimes keep,
to remember that
rest is a brave place to be.

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“Love turns work into rest.”
-Teresa of Avila

I have missed coming around to visit you!  I’ll be climbing the steps to your porch
in a little while.   Big wide spaciousness to each of you,  friends,
with a whole heap of love.

26 Comments

  1. Mary on May 24, 2015 at 10:31 am

    This reminds me of the times when I have a long to do list. Where I am just rushing to the next thing…and not being present in the moments…not living the moments…i think there is an “internal rest” offered in the midst of busy. I so often miss it though.

    You my friend, offer us glimpses of that internal rest and point us to the one who gives it.

    Much love and thanks to you!

    • Jennifer Richardson on May 28, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      not being present in the moments….yes, exactly.
      such a disease and I seem so prone to it.
      grateful for the reminders, too, Mary.
      Thanks for coming by….I love your visits:)
      And you!
      -Jennifer

  2. gotham girl on May 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    As always…so beautiful…and just coming off of a pretty demanding travel week…your writing so speaks to me! REST is a brave place to be! Thank you!

    • Jennifer Richardson on May 28, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Rest, braveheart:) Your images will continue to speak for you
      for decades to come. Maybe longer. Yes, longer, I believe:)
      Thank you,
      Jennifer

  3. Elephant's Child on May 24, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I need to find that place. To sink down into it, and listen to the music it plays. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Jennifer Richardson on May 28, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks for the sinking down and listening….you stir my heart
      to do the same.
      I love it when you come by….thank you,
      Jennifer

  4. Lady Fi on May 24, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Ah – so poetic and beautiful! A lovely refuge for the weary…

    • Jennifer Richardson on May 28, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks for coming by and saying the word “refuge”.
      I needed to hear that balmy word:)
      Much gratitude,
      Jennifer

  5. Rebecca Lanning on May 25, 2015 at 6:46 am

    This:
    I get to thinking
    that it’s the push and squeeze that saves me.
    Thank you for reminding me how our mind plays this trick on us.
    Beautiful!

    • Jennifer Richardson on May 28, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      Doesn’t it, though.
      I get tricked into that place
      lots.
      Thanks for affirming the truth back to me, friend.
      You make me smile to my toes,
      Jennifer

  6. Kathryn on May 25, 2015 at 7:46 am

    How wonderful to read and FEEL this today. It’s like you knew i was weary too. This is so beautiful Jennifer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Truly. Love you, k

    • Jennifer Richardson on May 28, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      I’m glad you can feel it.
      That makes my heart sing
      a little bit:)
      So grateful for your affirming words.
      Much thanks,
      Jennifer

  7. Susan Troccolo on May 25, 2015 at 9:57 am

    This is brilliant and kind and so true. I’ve had to read it three times and notice my breathing change as I finally became brave enough to allow your words in. You are a revolutionary you know. This is what changes the world; changes hearts and minds. Thank you for reminding me that rest is brave. I HAD FORGOTTEN.

    • Jennifer Richardson on May 28, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      I love that you read till your breathing changes….oh how that inspires me:)
      Thanks for your encouragement.
      (I forget, too)
      much love and thanks,
      Jennifer

  8. Susan Troccolo on May 25, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Hi again,
    Jennifer, I’d like to ask you if I may have your permission to use a sentence you wrote on my blog as a “blurb” (what funny words we use these days…) for my ebook. You wrote: “It is a large slice of wisdom you are serving here.” And then use your name and some kind of title, like gardener, reader, poet, all three and much much more. What would you like me to say? Would I have your permission? Pls. write me at susie@troccolo.com and let me know. Thank you so very much. Susie

    • Jennifer Richardson on May 28, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      I’m too flummoxed by a string of crazy days to think of the words…..you
      just write what you choose:) No worries over here. I trust you.
      Thanks,
      Jen

  9. Donna on May 26, 2015 at 5:49 am

    ‘And I can answer if I will’….there is the key as you say my wise friend. Learning to slow and listen and then answer….a lesson we can all learn…STOP RUSHING!

    I agree with Susan, you are a revolutionary my dear braveheart friend…thank you for this!

    • Jennifer Richardson on May 28, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Stop rushing. Yes. I’ve crafted the skill of looking un-perturbed on the outside
      while my insides are rushing to beat the band. I want my insides to match
      my out. Baby steps, baby:)
      Thanks, always, for being such a wonderful blogging buddy,
      Jennifer

  10. jeanie on May 26, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I’ve been running to stay in place and for the first time I really rested and unwound this weekend. What a gift. I don’t want to start the treadmill again. But if I do, I will remember the reward.

    • Jennifer Richardson on May 28, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      rested and unwound. Good job, you:)
      I feel like I need something longer, you know, like more than
      a weekend or even a week. Maybe I’m wrong. But it’s a wonderful
      idea to play with:) Thanks for being such a friend,
      Jennifer

  11. Susan on May 29, 2015 at 10:15 am

    You sweet, dear woman … I love you so.

    • Jennifer Richardson on June 10, 2015 at 6:25 am

      You are such an encouragement to me, Susan…..thank you
      for your kind and lovely way:)
      I love you big:)
      -Jennifer

  12. CherryPie on May 29, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Yes it is lovely to remember to find time to rest. Surprisingly so much more gets done when you do.

    • Jennifer Richardson on June 10, 2015 at 6:24 am

      It’s more productive to rest than to run weary, isn’t it.
      It is surprising and thanks so much for the reminder,
      Jennifer

  13. Liz Adams on June 9, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    so very grateful, thank you, Jennifer…

    • Jennifer Richardson on June 10, 2015 at 6:23 am

      Such a joy to hear from you, Liz:)
      Peace to your beautiful heart,
      Jennifer

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