Singing the sun down, Coyote emerged from Grandmother Pinon Tree. She stopped, turned her head and looked into me.
Like a friend who had been found I bowed to her wild wisdom, innate beauty and silent strengths.
She began walking slowly down the cattle path with me following. As she glanced back, I bowed again. Raven watched quietly from the high cedar branch Then flew ahead as the sun bowed and went behind the Jemez.
“Begin by trusting what is freely given,” she replies.
“But I don’t understand,” he says.
“Pretend as though you do,” she says gently smiling. “Pretend you trust the spacious skies This air that gives you life The hawk that sees you and tips its’ wings The pinon branches waving to you in the wind The silence that lovingly surrounds you in the night The summer sun arising once again.”
“Pretend,” she said quietly as he wept, “You can trust your tears on this longest day of the year.”
Solstice arrives December 21st. It is the shortest day of the year. Until then, each night the darkness lasts longer. There is more time for potent dreams. More time for pacing yourself. More time on the cushion. It is a time of candles reminding us of the Light.
It is a time to give yourself a permission slip to say no. No to more parties, celebrations, food, drink. By saying no, you give yourself the gift to say “Yes!”
Yes to life. Yes to your evolvement. Yes to what is. Prayers of yes.
Prayer consists of only one single word. That is the meaning of amen: it means yes.
If you have said yes with your total heart, you have said all that can be said. If you can say yes with your total heart, you are in celebration. If you can say yes to existence, you have arrived.
Get deeper and deeper into yes. Say yes to each and every thing. Say yes to good and bad, to day and night, to summer and winter. Say yes to success and to failure. Say yes to life and death. Forget everything else; just remember one word: yes, and it can transform your whole being, it can become a radical change, a revolution.
Yes is all that is meant by prayer. People pray with so many words—meaningless; just one word in enough. Yes.