Tuesday, November 04, 2008

welcoming new life - literally and metaphorically

as voters on the other side of this planet are lining up, i rest on this side in confident anticipation of positive results. i heard from the kind clerk at the little town hall where i vote in wisconsin that my absentee ballot - sent oct 24 by "two-day express delivery" from india and still not there to be counted as of nov 1 - had managed to land on her desk today, monday. she also mentioned that they had received double the number of absentee ballots that they had last presidential election. and the initial reports suggest that americans are ready to try living up to the vision of themselves that barack obama offered them: as compassionate, tolerant, dignified and responsible members of the world community.

but wonderful new beginnings have already taken place today: it was with great, great joy that i learned that this world community has another member, who i am sure will contribute greatly to its beauty: ayla jade sylvia, the child of my dear friend (and fellow tibet site seminarian) leigh sangster.

i received word that leigh was in labor early this morning, but later in the day somehow found myself suddenly moved to express in words some aspirations for the child. when the message of ayla's safe delivery came through, i learned that this spontaneous aspirational prayer for her was composed just 15 minutes after ayla began her life outside the womb. (makes me wonder just what sort of karma baby ayla and i have together!)

in the hopes that you who read this will add your voice to mine in making this aspiration for ayla, i include it here:

dear baby, even before you develop the words to name this experience, may you always recognize that you are surrounded by love. may you always carry in your heart the knowledge that this precious life you have now is only possible within a matrix of kindness and caring linking many, many others to you.

as you acquire language, may only the words for happiness, delight, love and joy be comprehensible to you, and may the words for suffering and unhappiness make no sense to you at first, because they do not match any of what you have known yourself.

just as you caused joy for many people in many directions today just by entering this world we all share with you, may you continue to be a source of joy and peace to all those around you, awakening love spontaneously in all who see or hear you. may you live always within the embrace of that love.

may your actions always reflect the goodness that is your deepest nature. may your life be long, and full of meaning and wonder. may it inspire others.

may you be happy, dear baby.

1 comment:

Ayla Jade said...

It is such a moving, beautiful honor to know our daughter is already receiving so much love and is surely benefitting from these aspirations. My gratitude to Damcho, and any other readers who have thought of us. May you all know happiness and its causes!