When we are afraid, the fear-body tends to contract. The word anxiety has its roots in the Latin word ‘angere’ meaning to choke, or become tight, constricted, trapped and limited. It is good to breathe into this body sense and to maintain an awareness of spaciousness and of choice. To lift our eyes up to the hills.
Listen my love, illumination is eternal
Now is always evolving.
As there are billions of stars
There are billions of steps.
As there are billions of souls
There are billions of ways to grow.
There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveller.
Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions?
For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you
Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
If only we could have this understanding each new day…
in the world
is usual today.
the first morning
Izumi Shikibu, born 976, Japanese poet.
She is considered the greatest poet of the Heian period
The distance doesn’t matter;
it is only the first step that counts
La distance n’y fait rien; il n’y a que le premier pas qui coûte.
Marquise du Deffand, 1697 – 1780, French hostess and patron of the arts. She was commenting on the popular legend of Saint Denis who was said to have walked for 6 miles carrying his head after being beheaded.
He could dance first and think afterwards ……. It’s the natural order
Samuel Beckett, from Waiting for Godot