The Beatles & Pathways of Grace
by Michelle Jereb
If you know me at all, you know I LOVE the Beatles and Pathways of Grace (POG). I was curious it see if these two loves have anything in common. Being it is the 50th Anniversary of the release of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, I chose to look there to make the connection.
Let’s start with Sgt. Pepper. Sgt. Pepper says, “It’s wonderful to be here”. It’s always wonderful to be at POG.
A Little Help From My Friends says, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” POG fosters community by illuminating the unique gifts and talents in each of its members. We all benefit from what the other brings.
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is a dreamy colorful imaginative narrative. Like this song, POG invites us to think “outside the box” – to claim our wacky, wonderful, unique creativity.
Getting Better says, “It’s getting better all of the time.. You gave me the word….I finally heard….I’m doing the best I can.” POG encourages us to deeply listen to our lives … to receive the “word” that our lives, and we, are good.
Fixing a Hole says, “I’m taking the time for a number of things that weren’t important yesterday”. POG gives us the opportunity to slooooooow down and look for the holes in our lives. Holes are those “unimportant” things that drain our energy. With this awareness we can refocus on what “is” important that we might have ignored yesterday.
She’s Leaving Home is a parents’ lament that has hidden within it the gem of wisdom: “Fun is the one thing money can’t buy”. POG is a place to listen to the deep wisdom of your soul that is hidden in your story.
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! is a fun song. POG is a place to have fun!
Within You Without You is a brilliant anthem of “oneness”. PLEASE take the time to listen to it. The lyrics are incredible. POG helps us to become aware of the illusion that we are somehow separate from one another. POG affords us opportunities to practice our “oneness”.
When I’m Sixty-Four asks the question we all ask as we age – “Will I still be wanted/relevant?” –“Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I’m sixty-four?” POG is a place to embrace aging as a grace and with grace!
Lovely Rita sings: “Oh, lovely Rita meter maid, where would I be without you?” The same is true at POG. Where would POG be without you? Your presence at POG makes a difference!
Good Morning, Good Morning depicts a typical day and all that happens in that ordinary day. The invitation in the song is to embrace each day with a hearty “Good Morning, Good Morning!” … “Everybody you see is full of life.” The same is true at POG. POG invites us to walk in gratitude --- to see all the wonderful in our ordinary (extraordinary) lives!
And finely – A Day in the Life is a glimpse into what it feels like to read the news and then get up and get on with the dailies of life. Not easy. We can feel rushed, confused, disconnected. POG is a place to have an honest conversation, to be heard. A sacred space to “be” with what is. POG is a place to make connection in this messy place called “life”.
Well I think I have made the connection! The Beatles and Pathways of Grace DO have a lot in common. If you haven’t listened to the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album in a while, pull it up on iTunes, Pandora, Amazon Prime Music, Spotify or your “old school” CD and give it a listen. And if you haven’t been to Pathways of Grace in a while I suggest you give it a visit. POG is moving into a new space this summer and will be providing LOTS of opportunities for all that I have alluded to in this article. I end with the words from Sgt. Pepper: “..they’re guaranteed to raise a smile”… BOTH listening to Sgt. Pepper and visiting POG will raise a smile!