One of my teachers shared this video. Oh my goodness. Please, view it right now. Then come back and read this post.
I was moved to tears watching this hospital worker bathe this newborn. I was struck by the woman’s tenderness and total presence as she bathed a child who is not her own. Time stood still as she slowly led this newborn into an experience of the holy – an opportunity to remember “Home” out of the womb. Her safe and loving hands caressed this child in wholeness. A sacred, intimate dance in the water. A sensual experience.
Tenderness. Leads. Us. Home.
Watch how the newborn settles. Just watch his or her eyes as the worker brings the child into the water. They communicate “ahhhhh, I am home.” See how his or her body completely relaxes. See how the worker’s hands lovingly massage the child’s head, back and hips.
I showed this to Brian last night. We sat in silence for awhile — how you do when you’ve just seen God incarnate. And you realize you’ve just been asleep but now you are awake and SEEING how EVERYthing is drenched in the Divine and is holy.
Witnessing this newborn’s first bath cuts through the veils of illusion that keep me from remembering that each of us was such a newborn. Each of us – no matter what we’ve done in life – has that pure and holy newborn in us. The sacred pulse of the Divine. We are breathing miracles, vessels of Divine Light. Holders of the holy.
Our flesh is a miracle. Our bodies are holy. I do believe that our human journey is about casting off the veils of illusion in our minds so our hearts can lead us where they know to go: Home.
Every human being deserves such loving touch, tenderness, and attention. A reminder of how the Divine holds us. A reminder of Home.
Who do we hold with such tenderness? Who do we need to hold like this?
Who holds us with such tenderness? Who do we need to ask to hold us like this?
When we tenderly regard and hold others, we bring heaven to earth. And all of us soften, open, connect…and settle.
If just one day this week all of us held someone with such regard and tenderness, our planet would feel a gigantic shift.
Truly we all walking on holy ground. We should all have enough sense to take off our shoes and kiss the ground – and each other.