Community Suit Cards
Community Suit: Our guiding sentient beings, teachers, loved ones, pets, even places.
I am one who journeys with you. I am one who joins you in the quiet places. I find encounters with nature spiritual. I am one who glows with joy in the woods. I am one who is as steady, massive, and centered as a Sequoia. I am an old soul.
I am one from whom you grew. I was your first world. I was gray, harsh in the winter, with limited possibilities. I was economically depressed. I am the one from whom you escaped to create a new life.
I am one who finds companionship in books. I am one who is sustained by the worlds that words create. Books have been part of my life all my life.
I am one who brings light to your life. I am one who sparks your creativity. I am one who lives as your heart outside of your boy. I prove that miracles happen. I am your teacher of surrender. I am your love and your life.
I am one who teaches and loves the questions more than the answers. I love laughing and playing music. I am comfortable with uncertainty. I am one who understands that the teachings of Buddha and Christ are connected. I am one who unites with the Mystery and understands it is possible to miss people one has never known in this world. I am one who left incarnation suddenly and without warning, but I remain. I am one who recognized the hero savior’s journey int he Harry Potter series, and taught the parallels between Potter and Christianity. I am one who is fearless about death: “After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
I am one who is a doula for your soul. I join you on the journey of finding your truth and expressing what is true for you. I am one who accepts emotional messiness and encourages intimacy. I am comfortable with silence. I help you listen to your wisdom and not abandon yourself. I am one who practices Presence.
Karen Maezen Miller, Buddhist Priest
I am one who shows you your life as it is. I introduced you to Zen Buddhism and the “cushion of kindness.” I share wisdom so you can be the mother you are, and I invited you to see your life as a spiritual practice. I am one who teaches and learns. I am your dharma mother.
I am one who gave you hope. I am one who sheltered your dreams and nurtured them. I am one who gave you space to play and begin making art. I was the ground in which your love with Alex was planted. I am one where the homemaker in you came alive and was given expression. I am one you left for new adventure but remain rooted in your heart.
I am one who welcomed you to California. I am cozy and small and taught you to downsize your life. I witnessed your creative flow with making art and knitting. I was the chapel for your wedding. I am one who held you through two miscarriages and the third successful conception. I taught you the beauty of light and gave you a garden to play in.
I am one whom you chose in the desperation of first-trimester exhaustion and nausea. I had four levels and 28 steps and was not ideal for a new family, but you bloomed within me nonetheless. I sheltered you through first steps and emerging teeth, through hundreds of hours of cuddling. Because I was a rental you had no fear of doing crafts and cooking with a toddler. I had a teeny backyard patio, and I was surrounded by pavement and traffic, yet you found ways to be outdoors. You thrived as a family here for three years, and many precious memories are entwined with me.
I am one who was your first faith community. I taught you the importance of ritual. I was your first introduction to death. I was the one who took you in, who showed you how not to be in your spiritual journey.
I am one who represents an intention. I am one who calls you from a distance to practice zazen. I am the home of your teachers, Maezen, Nyogen, Maezumi, and Buddha.
I am one who bathes in nature. I am one whose connection to nature restores my being.
I am one who was your friend for 15 years. I am one who provided many moments of intimacy and comfort. I introduced Claire to her first animal companion. I am one who was vocal, expressive, loud. I was large and in charge. I had great personality and presence. I am one with whom you began again. I moved across country with you. I was 17 when I died, and I’d had a good, long life. I loved you unconditionally.
I am one who, after living in your neighborhood for five years, decided to adopt you. I am one who is a cat about town, yet I am also loving. I am mellow and enjoy cuddling. I am one who brings you gifts of mice and birds. I am one who entices you to sit outside and watch the world with me. I am god in fur.