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This week’s inquiry … questions designed to be experienced …

Is it safe now to move beyond my wounds?

 

“… if you love … let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise on your lips.” ~Kahlil Gibran

Through the great pain of stretching
beyond all that pain has taught me,
the soft well at the base
has opened, and life
touching me there
has turned me into a flower
that prays for rain.  Now
I understand: to blossom
is to pray, to wilt and shed
is to pray, to turn to mulch
is to pray, to stretch in the dark
is to pray, to break the surface
after great months of ice
is to pray, and to squeeze love
up the stalky center toward the sky
with only dreams of color
is to pray, and finally to unfold
again as if never before
is to be the prayer. ~ Mark Nepo

There is a relationship that stands apart from our wounds, or any belief that a person, circumstance, life has betrayed us.  This indefinable, immutable relationship does not seek your awareness, your belief or even your trust in it.  When the mind is emptied, exhausted and all talked out, begin here.  ~Bethie

 

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Below, I have appended today’s posting on Jeff Foster’s Facebook wall.  For more information on Jeff Foster, visit lifewithoutacentre.  It’s a relevant follow up to my last post which expressed that there really are no “bad neighborhoods”.   

“Nothing and nobody, no outer circumstance or event, no word or deed, can cause you to suffer. Suffering is always your own internal resistance to the Way Things Are Right Now, your hidden refusal to experience what you are experiencing. Suffering always originates from a NO to the Universe as it is, a NO to life in all its pain and glory.

But remember, acceptance does not mean that you have to give up on the possibility of future change. Acceptance is not passivity or disengagement from life. Not at all! True, intelligent, compassionate, creative, and often unexpected change arises from a place of absolute alignment with the Way Things Are Right Now, a profound and intimate engagement with this juicy moment as it actually is, however ‘bad’ you label it.”

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A couple of hundred days ago, I decided I would affirm my daily blessings on Facebook.  Although they may not always be statements of gratitude, they are a means of bookmarking and honoring the day with the language of love.  Here is today’s blessing:

Today is day 1 of having executed two major decisions.

Is my energy completely pure around these decisions?

No.

Is it the path of my heart?

Yes.

Am I committed?

Hell, yes.

Do I have the guidance and wisdom of Spirit to lean on as I journey this path?

Always.

Allow me to continue trusting in that, even if Life takes a turn through the “wrong neighborhood”.

Then remind me what I came here knowing: there are no wrong neighborhoods.

“First love, then think
First love, then speak 
First love, then look
First love, then act
First love, then choose
First love, then give
First love, then live”
Robert Holden

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Seeking

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This week’s inquiry … questions designed to be experienced …

Are you still seeking that which you already are?  

Just sit there right now
Don’t do a thing
Just rest.
For your separation from God,
From love,
Is the hardest work
In this
World.
~Hafiz

Now that you have discovered
that which was not hidden,
go your way.
Now that we are united in
what is inseparable,
go your way.
Now that you have returned to
where you have never left,
go your way.
~Mooji

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Earlier this week, I sent myself a portion of my horoscope and labeled the subject line “HOPE”:

“And although you could take yourself rather seriously today, rest assured there are plenty of good times right around the corner.”

Who me, take myself seriously? :-)

When I do take myself a bit seriously I tend to think I will feel this way forever.  Then I remember … so this is life, the in-between.  The heart-felt journey between the pages of the beginning and the happily ever after. 

There would be no pages to fill were it not for the things we both love and curse, our losses, challenges, our dreams, hopes, and passions. It’s the heroic journey in between that makes these pages come alive.  It will include stories of how we rose to meet life’s challenges, how we stumbled, faltered and sometimes broke. 

And, ultimately how we came back to lay in the fertile green fields of our hearts.  As we lay there through the late afternoon sun and soft wind, the clouds rolled in and drenched us in a downpour of love, kindness and hope.*  Every pore soaked its holy sustenance in …

… as we turn the page and a new chapter begins.

Whatever your challenges today or any day, remember this:

“No feeling is final.  Just keep going.  Nearby is the country they call Life.  You will know it by it’s seriousness.  Give me your hand.” Rainer Maria Rilke

 

*to my friends Terri and Ahmee

 

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The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Excerpted from The Essential Rumi – translated by Coleman Barks

I post this because it is such a great follow-up to my recent “letting myself have” post.  The practice I talk about in letting myself have is now my spiritual practice of pure acceptance with whatever arises.  So this poem really seems a great complement to that practice.

There’s often so many things I read that sound good on paper (like The Guest House), but I want to know ‘gee, how does one attain that’?  I need tools, that’s me, it’s how I roll.  Tools lift these lofty ideas into something tangible, real, doable and useable.

I woke up for a couple of nights in a row, drenched in sweat, heart pounding over some big fear dream.  The old me would say: it’s over, let’s get a shower and your heart will calm down momentarily.  Let’s just not think about it, it will go away.  This time I laid in bed letting myself have the fear, the pounding heart, the vulnerability, the not feeling in control.  I sat with it and breathed with it and when it was ready it moved on.  It came to re-visit me again in the next night, i did the same practice and again it moved on.

Every don’t want, shouldn’t be, I can’t, I won’t, this should not be happening, you can’t make me … all of them, I can let myself have all of it.  And why should I?  Because suffering is the only other option.

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This week’s inquiry, designed to be experienced rather than answered at the level of the mind:

What is beautiful just as it is?  

“…beauty is not a need but an ecstasy.
It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth,
But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted.”
~ Kahlil Gibran ~

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