What Is Your Song of Life?

Hark …

The Why About This

One of my favorite Facebook pages is by Eileen Ní Shuilleabháin, who lives in Galoway, Ireland. Always a joy and a pleasure to read her posts. I’m sharing one today because I found it moving and uplifting. Hoping you will agree with me.

Photography of Himba child, Namibia

There is a tribe in Africa called the Himba tribe, where the birth date of a child is counted not from when they were born, nor from when they are conceived but from the day that the child was a thought in its mother’s mind. And when a woman decides that she will have a child, she goes off and sits under a tree, by herself, and she listens until she can hear the song of the child that wants to come. And after she’s heard the song of this child, she comes back to the man who will be the…

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Pilgrim on the lam. Please feel free to explore the links to learn more. I trust you will find some things there will have been worth the effort. See you there.

Posted on August 14, 2016, in Not A Poem At All, Reposted from elsewhere. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. a sweet story
    i heard jack kornfield tell
    perhaps 20 years ago 🙂

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  2. Thank you, Ben. It is such a beautiful gift of human wisdom and love for us to pass on.

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  3. I was surprised to find that I had already read this but I don’t remember when.
    It was just as good the second time as it was the first.

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  4. That was very moving, Ben – thanks for sharing the post. This loving tradition gives one something to ponder, in search of our own song….

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  5. For some reason, Ben, this reminds me of the Navajo tradition of the child’s first laugh. The person who first causes the child to laugh gives the child a party since the laugh is the moment when the child moves from the spirit world of before birth to the actual world in which we all live. This just touches the significance of the tradition from Navajo spirituality, but it is a way to help the child and its family celebrate the child — as in this post. This tribal people obviously goes beyond the first laugh tradition in that the song becomes part of the child’s identity for life. I have long thought that western tradition and Christianity when it forgot about the translation from childhood into adulthood through ceremony, although in some faith traditions they baptize children when they become adults. I enjoyed reading this. I am still considering it.

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