Dark threads . . . and threads of gold and silver

Part of being aware – or mindful – is seeking to understand why we think and feel the way we do.

We are each influenced by our beliefs. Practicing being mindful means trying to identify our thoughts and feelings – as a start to managing them as best we can (and no it ain’t easy!). It also means identifying our beliefs, the roots of our thoughts and feelings.

Here is a poem that I have found useful and I sent it to someone last week who is going through a difficult time. It was written by Benjamin Malacia Franklin ages ago so uses a bit of olde worldy language – but expresses something of my beliefs – and why in difficult times there is hope of meaning.

The poem may resonate with you. Or it may not. Either way ask the question ‘what are the beliefs on which my thoughts and feelings are rooted?’ It’s a big question. It is our answers to the big questions that help us to deal with the day-to-day of living. That is why at Essence Cheltenham we seek to explore mind, body and spirit.

My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.

Oft times He weaveth sorrow
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the under side.

Not til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

He knows, He loves, He cares,
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives His very best to those
Who chose to walk with Him.

This is Mindful Monday on 5 February 2018. Sign up here to receive weekly posts in your email inbox or follow on Facebook.

Join us for an evening of practicing mindfulness in Cheltenham on Monday 12 March 2018.

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