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Mailing cards: a spiritual practice

"What a strange and ordinary topic!" you might say! "Of course I send cards through the mail!" But I know from my younger family members and those of others that this practice is dying out quickly.  All the more, then, am I drawn to send out more, especially as Christmas approaches.

I am finding the necessity of finding stamps, return address stickers, addressing envelopes, choosing a card and then pondering what to write on a card - all a slowing and necessarily thought-provoking practice. The part of me that sends/receives God knows how many emails a day, loves to post on Facebook and google answers to every immediate question that arises, knowing I will receive an immediate response ---these parts of me arise with hurry and impatience! I feel the inner push. All the more then, do I try to pause and be present in this moment to the task at hand.

Often it isn't at all easy until I let go of the niggling impatience and focus attention on the person to whom I am sending this card. That's what relieves the pushing pressure. When that person appears, I find an immediacy of presence, so that what I want and need to say to that person comes into my pen, into my hand, flowing from who that person is for me, and what I want to say to him or her in this moment.

Writing cards has now become for me a gift of grace, a moment of connection with that wide circle of friends and family I have been gifted with over a long lifetime. I am blessed in the sending. Oh...and did I say I make cards also?

 

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Mary Beth | Reply 24.10.2017 21.40

and you have gifted me with cards that were like visits!!

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