“It might be liberating for us to think of our onward life being informed as much by our losses and disappearances as by our gifted and virtuoso appearances and our marvelous arrivals. As if the foundational invitation being made to us at the core of our continual living and dying is an invitation to participate in the full seasonality of existence. Not just to feel fully here and fully justified in those haloed times when we are growing and becoming, and seen to be becoming, but also, to be just as present and to feel just as much here when we are in the difficult act of disappearing, often against our wills, making way often, for something we cannot as yet comprehend. The great and ancient art form and its daily practice; of living the full seasonal round of life; and a touchstone perhaps, of the ultimate form of human generosity: continually giving ourselves away to see how and in what form we are given back.” David Whyte in “Thoughts from San Miguel de Allende”
Tired of Speaking Sweetly
Love wants to reach out and manhandle us,
Break all our teacup-talk of God.
If you had the courage and
Could give the Beloved His choice, some nights,
He would just drag you around the room by your hair,
Ripping from your grip all those toys in the world
That bring you no joy.
“If you cling to your life, you will lose it,
and if you let your life go, you will save it.”
Jesus in Luke 17:33
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- Are you continually “living and dying?” Do you hear the “foundational invitation” that comes to you there?
- Have losses and limits (perhaps aging) taught you about “disappearing?” about accepting something against your will? in a situation where you do not “comprehend?”
- Can you explain what the words of Whyte, Hafiz and Jesus – perhaps all in unison – mean for your life?
“If I have you God, I will want for nothing. You alone suffice.” Abba, work in me to make this my truth.
For More: Let Nothing Disturb You by Teresa of Avila
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