January 27, 2017
We held a Spiritual Retreat at Unity of Delray Beach where our patients had the opportunity to create inspired artwork and writing. We hosted the entire patient community for the day as they moved through four different practices of feeding the Spirit within: drumming, soul collage, meditation/yoga, writing/journaling.
I often tell the patients in our group that they are so much more than they have shown, or perhaps have ever known. This, to me, is the purpose of our Spiritual Friday group and the purpose of our relationship with our Higher Power – to discover the imperishable Spirit within us.
"I'm thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn't have stumbled across my strength." - Anonymous
"Wondrous possibilities and opportunities await you. Stop dwelling on past mistakes. Surrender the past lovingly; there is nothing to regret. All is in perfect and divine order. Everything that you've ever experienced has helped you in some way. The past is behind you; the path ahead is clear. Move forward joyfully, and fulfill your heart's desire." - Toni Salerno
We also prayed that this day, and all the experiences offered, would allow the patients to gain a new perspective of their lives – past, present, and future. All the obstacles, all the grief and pain, can become opportunities to express themselves in ways they didn't ever dream possible.
The purpose of a spiritual journey is to change our reality. The actions we take cause us to see things differently. Actions such as praying, meditation, helping others, writing, being in nature, reading, forgiving, and working the steps will change the way we perceive our lives. Our world may be the same, but we will see things in a new way, with new eyes.
We shared beautiful words of awakening by the 13th century Sufi mystic, Rumi.
"The cure for pain is in the pain."
"You have no need to travel anywhere. Journey within yourself, enter a mine of rubies and bathe in the splendor of your own Light."
"You are not a drop in the ocean. You are an entire ocean in a drop."
The retreat was a spiritual journey for all of us.
Here are three of the many profound poems written and shared by our patients that day:
"I am light, I am weightless, gentle
as the wind carries me forward.
I leave behind the empty black
and white. I move towards
that which is full of color and
hope. The walls come down,
calm peaceful tranquility is
revealed. I am light, I am
weightless, I am free at last."
"Seeing Isn't Believing
Everyone says there are two roads.
The shitty one and the pretty one.
My mind switches them around.
The shitty wears a pretty mask while the pretty wears
a shitty mask.
Our eyes are not the same.
Mine play tricks and addiction is to blame.
You see death, I see life.
A beautiful thing is when you see what’s right.
It's the illusion of the sick,
Never knowing what road to pick."
"I am no longer bound from life.
I am free from the bonds that have
held me tightly for so long. I shall
look at each day as My birthday,
a gift, a blessing, a sign from my higher
power that my life has begun again.
I will find peace and happiness through
gratefulness. I will cherish love and
nature and will remain willing to be one
I am Human. I am Strength.
I am Love. I am Hope. "
I feel so blessed reading these poems and sharing them. Our day together was so special. I have been touched by the souls of some beautiful people. I am so grateful.
Reverend Laurie Durgan