Visit from a Baby

Today a baby came to visit – barely one week old.
His ears and fingers and his tender mouth, so perfect, so amazing.
He’s brand new within the earthly stream of life – all so strange and unaccustomed.
This hunger – what is it? It keeps coming back. I’m so in need. Need. Need.
I love the closeness of Mom’s large warm body – I need its touch, its radiating energy, its rhythm,
The vibrations of its voice – I remember those! They bring me back to when I floated,
Warm and fed and safe – when I needed nothing else.
But now, where am I? What am I? Getting here was such a tiring trip.
And yet, I think I might begin to know the joy of waking up, exploring, discovering, learning.
I might yet be all right.
But where’s that food I crave?
I’ve never felt such needs…. Nor the wondrous joy when they are met and all is well again.
I’m so happy to be held and loved – that too is new.
And Ah, the sweetness of drifting off to sleep —
And waking once again to life!

REFLECTION: Meeting Stanley, our newborn neighbor this morning was a gift. Of course, we’re programed to respond in wonder at the sight of a newborn – They are so small, so perfect, so amazing, so tender and innocent – and vulnerable. For some reason, I also, as I watched him against his mother in the stretchy, ingenious sling in which she carried him, was drawn to wonder what he was experiencing in that moment – one minute peaceful, and the next fretful. His mom said “It’s always time to eat with him.” Of course – everyone has passed through that newly arrived phase of being totally dependent on someone. How complete that need is in a neonate.
Most people as they mature grow to hate the feeling of dependency – and yet we continue to long for it all our lives. Being on earth, learning to flex with the needs of a physical earthbound body, is, by nature, challenging. Embodied life is definitely paradoxical. Everyone I meet each day is somewhere on same life path between the total physical dependency and need of early infancy, and the ultimate goal of rediscovering our total spiritual dependence on the Universe, in oneness with all that is created. We all explore illusions that we’re on our own, abandoned or in power – and then uncover truth, and know our oneness.

About Rev. Rosemary Hyde, Ph.D.

I am a grandmother, a classical homeopath, a mystical poet, and an interfaith minister. I also have a large, enduring place in my heart for Paris. I first spent time in Paris in 1961, as a Fulbright scholar. I remained in France for three years, living also in Toulouse and in Nancy. I have revisited France and Paris multiple times since then, and have come to know central Paris reasonably well. I grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where there were many Franco-Americans, and their language fascinated me. I was fortunate in 6th grade, when my family moved, to find myself in a Catholic French speaking girls' school, where I had the wonderful fortune of becoming bilingual. It still feeds my soul deeply, to visit Paris, speak French, and reconnect with the little French girl in me. I am serving presently as co-minister at Unity Center of Peace in Chapel Hill, NC. I give talks one or two Sundays a month -- please go to the website, www.unitychapelhill.org, and sign up for the weekly e-news to learn what's going on -- special events, seasonal interfaith ceremonies, and Sunday themes and talks. My vision for the Unity Chapel Hill ministry and for myself is to become a loving, uniting presence in the lives of all those who cross paths with us. That's all there is, really -- loving presence. And so it is. Amen. My goal as a minister is to add richness to life for those who resonate to more than one religious tradition or to none -- those with mixed religions as well as the unchurched, untempled, and unmosqued. All of us, whatever our cultural allegiances, hunger for and need support in finding the transcendent joy that's ours to find in this earthly life. All of us need and want to celebrate beautifully the great and small milemarker moments. All of us crave the beauty of prayer as an expression of our participation in universal love. All of us wish to learn a greater vision, to see our lives opening to the Divine. All of us desire deeply to find serenity and peace that lasts no matter what happens today and tomorrow. This is the meaning of Transcendessence. We find the essence of spirit and transcend the narrow constraints of our bodies and egos. Join us today by subscribing, so you won't miss a single poem, message, prayer, or meditation.
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