NOW I RING THE BELLS
Bells of mindfulness may be rung to intitiate a moment of silence…
Now I ring the bells.
If I’ve disturbed you, I am sorry.
The room was filled with conversation.
Now as I continue to hold the bells, we are falling silent.
A few voices travel across the room, sounding loud and distinct.
They hear themselves and also
Is it possible I am holding, between thumb and finger, a moment
both its beginning and its end?
I feel how precious is the thread between my two hands.
I am careful to keep the bells separate, cherishing
the space between them.
They are still singing into that space.
As they grow softer, I feel our listening grow ever deeper.
I think there is no end to how quiet the singing could become
and how far it could take us
Let me be still now.
Soon I will ring the bells again.
Let me apologize in advance
for any disturbance.
Always I remain in service
to you and the silence,
the quiet deep in your heart…