I had a planned conversation for my blog today. About how connecting to my roots renews my soul. I will get to that topic soon. But before I segue into that, I want to send you thither to read the blog of dear friend Susan Ideus – who can probably say what is on everyone’s mind after the Tuscon shootings better than anyone else. Please take the time to read this meaningful post!
Now, on to our regularly scheduled blog…
One of my rosemary plants (I have 3) has taken a leap into faith. I didn’t notice this right away, as it is not directly in my line of daily sight. It has NOT been pruned or in any way shaped. It just is. It IS what it is… a cross. Definite, unmistakable. Rosemary, as those who love herbs know, is for Remembrance. For the memorial service of my best friend’s father a few years ago, I provided each guest with a sprig of rosemary from my own plants, a symbol of a fine man, and hopefully, a reminder to remember his life.
Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs – along with lavender. Thinking about this spontaneus eruption of the rosemary’s cross, I naturally think of my parents, my mother in particular. Thinking of her always renews my spirit as she was a remarkable woman. I set up a small memory shelf with items that belonged to my parents, and it encourages me to keep in touch with my need to renew and refresh my life.
Noted in the description of Symbolic Loss : The Ambiguity of Mourning and Memory at Century’s End on Amazon.com – “Historically, many world cultures have linked three disparate phenomena: collective loss; mourning; and the construction of monuments and cultural symbols to represent the loss over time and render it memorable, meaningful, and thereby bearable.”
This memorial shelf helps me be more in touch with my roots, more in tune with the goodness of my life, and more able to tap into my spiritual core. In today’s fractured world, with our constant disconnect with one another and with our humanity, we need to be grounded as well as free-spirited. For me, renewal is about BOTH remembering and moving forward; I don’t believe we can have one without the other…do you?