Apr 7, 2011

Journey Of A Thousand Miles: A Sand Ceremony

After Mama-In-Law Meerkat had finished reading our love story, Roberto stepped up to the microphone to begin our sand ceremony.

You both come here today from two separate families. From these two families a new family will be created. Today you join your lives and families together. 

Mama Meerkat and Sister Meerkat

The two separate bottles of sand symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. They represent all that you are and all that you'll ever be as an individual. They also represent your lives before today. 

As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual vases, so will the love and bond between the two of you render you inseparable. 

Then it was time for Best Man Meerkat and the second reading. I would consider Best Man Meerkat one of our closest friends and who out of all our friends, knows us the best. Not to mention that for as gruff and rough as Best Man Meerkat is, he always has a way with words so I was really excited to see the reading he would pick.

The reading I would like to do is from a guy named Jumi who is a fantastic word smith and has some pretty inspiration things to say. He says:

Happy is he who is able to escape from the lower self and feel the gentle breeze of friendship. His heart is so full of the Beloved that there is no longer room for anyone else. The Beloved flows through his every vein and nerve. Every atom of his body is filled with the Friend.

The true lovers can no longer perceive either the scent or the color of their own selves. They have no interest in anything other than the Beloved. Their heart is attached neither to throne nor crown. Greed and lust have packed their bags and left their street. If they speak, it is to the Friend. If they seek, it is from the Friend. They no longer take themselves into account, and live only for love. They leave the raw and turn to the ripe, abandoning completely the abode of the self.
Yep Best Man Meerkat out did himself with this one. Unique and perfect.

Up Next: Rings, Vows and Hands

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