Heartbeat of the Holy

This Is Who We Are – A Poem/Prayer

Teresa Lampmann, Spiritual Director and Author

In my training for spiritual direction at the Haden Institute, I partnered with Reverend Christine Ritter to create a morning meditation.  We worked together on our concepts and approach and determined that to blend our different perspectives we would each craft a segment and present them consecutively.  We used a recording of the slow rhythmic beat of a drum for the cadence of our words and to blend the transition of our segments.

We were stunned by the overwhelming response of the participants and their interest in getting copies.  Below is the segment I wrote.  As you read it, imagine a soft, slow, steady beat of a drum in the background.

The Heartbeat of the Holy

We of the Earth move in rhythm to the Heartbeat of the Holy

We breathe
Inhaling and exhaling
In rhythm with the ebb and flow that is the pulse of life,
And our bodies sway in rhythm with the gait of our step.

We of the Earth move in tandem with the rhythmic cycles of
The turning of the planet,
The change of the seasons,
The movement of the stars.

We move in harmonic rhythm to the Heartbeat of the Holy
Bringing whole systems into balance and symmetry.

We of the Earth move in attunement with whole galaxies of
Harmonious sounds and cycles and patterns.

Each day, each breath, each step,
Taken in rhythm with the Heartbeat of the Holy,
Moves us in harmony with the Universal pattern toward wholeness.

When we align our pulse with the One Pulse
We move as we are called to do our part,
Each bearing a gift that fits in balance and symmetry
As an integral component of the whole design.

Each day, each breath, each step,
Taken in rhythm with the Heartbeat of the Holy,
Moves us on a path
Where things surface out of the blue
At just the right moment,
With just the right answer, or message, or insight.

Each day, each breath, each step,
Taken in rhythm with the Heartbeat of the Holy,
Synchronizes our journey
And exactly what we need appears,
And the time we need opens,
And the anticipated problems resolve themselves.

When we attune to the Heartbeat of the Holy
And move in tandem to the One Rhythm,
We see ordinary events take on extraordinary meaning,
And the joy of being alive rises from the core of our being.

Moving in sync our stride is filled with grace
Our movements serene and effortless,
And things fall into place with precision.

The truths revealed in the rhythms of our world.
Unfold through the narration of our lives.

We are the Heartbeat of God on Earth.

©2014 Teresa Lampmann

Questions for Discussion*

  1. What phrase or segment had the strongest affect on you?
  2. What phrase or concept offered a new perspective for you?
  3. What segment or phrase rang true for you?

To get the most from your Circle gathering, read the Circle Guidelines.

*For information on using poetry, inspirational texts, and other materials for greater insight on your spiritual journey, read Divining Direction, pages 37-41 in   The ABC Path toward True Wisdom: A Woman’s Guide to Trusting What She Knows in Her Heart Is True.

Permission to reproduce this post in its entirety is granted for use in privately hosted women’s circles and non-profit programs only.

For use in for-profit women’s circles and programs, written permission is required to reproduce any portion of this post.

©2020 Teresa Lampmann


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