May we hold all mothers in our hearts today, beholding the infinite forms that Mother will take in the unfolding of new form. Through the offering of her essence and womb, a vessel is opened through which life is made possible. By way of her being, an outrageous opportunity is given to make the human journey in a world where love is alive.
Whether or not you are able to thank mother for this benediction, you can thank her emanations which are everywhere, hidden inside the sun, the moon, the stars, and the trees. In the one in front of you, children, lovers, friends, and animals. You thank her by no longer postponing your participation here. To not wait another moment to remember what is most important and the sacred opportunity that has been laid out before you. For Mother is not only a person but is the activity of love itself.
The great Mother is alive within, weaving a field of containment and nourishment for life to erupt. As you slow down in the presence of another, stay close to their heartbreak and longing, take the risk of allowing them to matter, and honor the way they are making meaning of their experience, even if it does not conform to your beliefs and ways of perception... as you listen carefully to their stories, joy, and pain, speak kind words to them, mirror back their majesty even when they have forgotten… as you provide a sanctuary of holding where they can come to rest from a long journey of becoming.
No matter your relationship with mom in the physical world, you can connect with Mother now through an umbilical cord of pure light, for the bond with her transcends time and space. Just beyond the veil, the heart of the Mother and your little heart are one.
As the Tibetans believe, every being has at one time been our Mother, and has shown us the most profound kindness, care, and compassion, willing to give her life so that we may come into being. Let us remember this kindness and return it to others in infinite ways.
May all Mother-beings everywhere receive an outpouring of blessings on this day. May their hearts and their bodies be awash with grace, and may they come to know directly, even for a moment, how loved they truly are.
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