And without judging, condemning, forcing, blaming, just come back to this moment, this breath. Each breath, a new beginning. Each out breath, a complete letting go. And voila, here you are again, right here, and no agenda. Just this moment. Just this breath.
Jon Kabat Zinn
Life could be limitless joy if we would only take it for what it is, in the way it is given to us.
The current of life requires us to stand up, again and again, and we are not defeated when we are worn down, just exposed anew at a deeper level. We are meant to live between the two. In this way, life keeps getting more and more precious. It is a natural law like gravity or osmosis: Stand up to be worn bare. It is how everything in the way is thinned, so we can feel just how thoroughly alive we are.
If I ask you, ‘Who are you?’ You answer, ‘I am the one who sees. From back in here somewhere, I look out, and I am aware of the events, thoughts, and emotions that pass before me.’ If you go very deep, that is where you live. A true spiritual being lives there, without effort and without intent. Behind all thoughts and emotions, there you are. Now you are in the center of your consciousness. You are behind everything, your true home. The great mystery begins once you take that seat deep within.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,
what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.
Reflecting on the challenges posed by this ongoing pandemic:
Reality met on its own terms demands …..another identity …..more silent and more here than the one looking hungrily for an easy, unearned answer.
David Whyte, Consolations
The long silences need to be loved, perhaps
more than the words
to describe them
Franz Wright, 1953 – 2015 American Poet, East Boston, 1996