Tuesday, December 04, 2007

promises to keep on a snowy evening.......



Tonight, we are becoming blanketed by the snow as it whirls and swirls like wispy ghosts mocking you into thinking its a dream. It's real alright....... and everyone is tucked into a month known for it's longest nights. When a storm arrives, it brings with it a sense of forced internal stillness. We wait it out, and if we're lucky, we wait it out in a safe warm home, where reflections can visit in comfort. That's a good thing since my reflections are taking the same path as the snow........around and around and around..........



All night, I have been struck by a few of the same thoughts, which often happens when I have looked at a creative writing prompt or a piece of prose sometime throughout the day. Over and over in my head, I have been wondering about the real role of kindred spirits. We are lucky to find one or two throughout our lives because they are more than simply a friend arent they?



Kindred spirits are like guardian angels, though in the flesh. They are reflective guides, supports, mirrors of who we are and who we can become. They understand us without the necessity of words, though its always wonderful to have a chance to spend time talking and talking and talking together. Because the talking is never at a superficial level. Rather, the conversation dives deep into the well of what really matters. Who but a kindred spirit can you jump blindly into that well knowing any topic is safe, knowing that any deeply felt emotion will be caught in their arms and couched by a downy pillow? Safe to share. Safe to be exactly who you are becoming.....

I believe there is an unwritten, unspoken feeling between two kindred spirits which perhaps is what makes the relationship that more enlightening..........a promise to be present even if distance keeps them apart. Both human beings always have a sense of the other, no matter where the journey takes them, and it is felt most deeply during the dark nights of the soul. It makes me wonder if our kindred spirits are really our guardian angels.

Life is more fulfilling, more exciting when one can promise to another that they will be there for them, no matter what.........."you never have to apologise to me", my kindred spirit said to me once........."you can be as crazy as you want, and share anything with me, because I am not going away." Kindred spirits love and accept you unconditionally, and will be there in spirit when they are needed. You simply have to call out. It makes me wonder if they were sent as a messenger from God to help us figure things out, to help guide us just like a guardian angel?



I will hold onto that idea........and hope that throughout my journey, my kindred spirits will help point out the signposts for me.......the ones that may be covered in snow along the way. And I will do the same for them.

Sometimes promises are like sand sifting through fingers...............or like trying to hold water in your cupped hands.......impossible to perform. But a promise to a kindred spirit, or from one? These are worth every penny, because they are made from the centre of their heart. It is a conviction pressed on the heart of another. These are the promises we keep before we sleep on a snowy evening in December, safe in the harbour of knowing we are human beings becoming (a special nod to my emerald friend Pip for the phrase...loveit:)) with a little help from a guiding spirit.





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17 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

You insomniac state has induced another thoughtful post.


promise of a movie

keith hillman said...

So it's not just me that writes best when I should be asleep! A really great piece and a terrific take on the subject

Shaz said...

Beautiful sweet Dana and i am so jealous I so want to see snow xxx

paisley said...

i come away from this realizing how long it has been since i met a kindred spirit... i wonder if there are only a limited number,,, and i have already used all of mine up....

Awareness said...

gautami....thanks!

Keith...glad you enjoyed it. Yes, it seems that there are times when I have to let the subject stew in my head all day and night in order for the words to find me. Plus, it was SO amazing to be watching the storm swirl around me outside as I wrote warm and snug inside. And I knew I could sleep in this morning because everything would be cancelled for the day. turns out everything except MY OFFICE.....gotta run!

Shaz! welcome back! Wish you were here. It's absolutely stunning and beautiful this morning. I will take pictures and post them today.

paisley...personally, my kindred spirit came when i was least expecting but when i needed one the most. i knew right away, though was dumbfounded by the synchronicity of it because i think i arrived at just the right time too.
one never knows......i hope one passes through for you soon.....

Mary Timme said...

I love something thought provoking and one that leads me to places I wouldn't have gone otherwise. This was a neat journey!

Awareness said...

Glad you enjoy the little journey Mary. thank you for stopping by.

Disillusioned said...

I want the snow here...

i want to watch the flakes dancing in a black sky.

I want to see them sparkle against the street lights.

I want to see my children's excited faces.

I want to make snowmen and snow angels

Maybe to lie in the soft snow and let it cover me....

Send the snow this way!

Marja said...

What a beatiful reflection of the most precious treasure in life Kindred spirets like guardian angels. You are surely rich when experiencing that

tumblewords said...

The promise of kindred spirits - I wonder, like paisley, have I used up my allotted number? Guess I can't tell, yet! Thoughtful post!

Whirling Dervish said...

It is also serendipity, perhaps, that we should stumble upon each other's blogs at this time. Your words fill me with awe on this day.

Thank you for reading my post; I will come back here often. It's nice to meet a new blogging friend!

WD

Pauline said...

...a promise to be present, even if distance keeps you apart...
what a beautiful way of putting it

UL said...

Thank you, that really got me thinking and counting my blessings, which are really all the kindred spirits I have in my life.. very beautiful.

The House on Big Island said...

...and out of nowhere, when we least expect it - but are in the greatest need, for reasons unknown we are comforted by the touch of these Angelic spirits that Dana so fittingly refers to as Kindreds

For Tumblewood and Paisley - I don't think it is so much a matter of "using them all up" as it is "being able to recognize them when they appear"

For as we grow and change and as our lives twist and turn - we need only be Aware.

But sure as snow - whether a longstanding, close friend who has been there for you all along, or even someone from way, way back in the past - who just happened to appear, for some unexpected reason - our Kindreds find us - and we them!

Rainbow dreams said...

a beautiful post Dana - I told you I had only skim read it before - always so busy lately...
who knows why we meet these precious souls at the times we do...why our paths didn't cross earlier and sometimes it's not clear why they should appear, but when they do they bring something that words can't do justice to - have you read the book Anam Cara?

Rob Kistner said...

Great writing here... really excellent. I especially liked the description of the snowfall in the beginning. We seldom get snowfall, but just a bit further up the mountain -- it snows aplenty! I miss the swaddling comfort of a fresh snowfall.

Awareness said...

Caroline.....wish I could bottle some up for you. Today (Thursday), the sun has been shining.....big glistening sparkles forming on the cold snowy ground. As much as I feel some dread that it's going to be a LONG winter, I am feeling buoyant by the change of the season, and the knowledge that a white Christmas is in the cards.

ps. I'll make a snow angel for you. :)

hey WD! Welcome.....yes, I agree...I felt the same way when I read your story. I look forward to reading more of your posts too.

Pauline. I was thinking of a few friends whom I don't see often, but are always with me if you know what I mean.....sometimes distance keeps the words and discussions to a minimum, but kindreds are there unconditionally, arent they?

ul....this time of year, I think we all count our blessings.....and the people who are the most meaningful in our lives definately top the list don't they?

Daisy....your comments make me think of faeries for some reason...they seem to arrive out of nowhere don't they? And do you know where faeries love to live the most? In the centre of a Shasta Daisy. :) Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I agree with you....it comes down to be open and aware....and they will find you.
ps. And next time I find you? It will be kicking back in the lodge at Camp Otterdale!!

Katie. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I havent read Anam Cara yet, but will ask Santa to leave it under the tree for me. :)

Rob. Thank you so much....It was fun to try to write about the snowfall while it was happening on the other side of the window where I was sitting..... I have a feeling I will be writing about snow A LOT this winter!