Each person is born with an unencumbered spot, free of expectation & regret, free of ambition & embarrassment, free of fear & worry, an umbilical spot of grace where we were each first touched by God. It is this spot of grace that issues peace. Psychologists call this spot the Psyche, Theologists call it the Soul, Jung calls it The Seat of the Unconscious, Hindu masters call it the Atman, Buddhists call it the Dharma, Rilke calls it Inwardness, Sufis call it Qualb, & Jesus calls it The Center of Our Love. To know this spot of inwardness is to know who we are, not by surface markers of identity & not by where we work, but by feeling our place in relation to the Infinite & by inhabiting it. This is a hard lifelong task, for the nature of becoming is a constant filming over of where we begin while the nature of being is a constant erosion of what is not essential. We each live in the midst of this ongoing tension, growing tarnished or covered over only to be worn back to that incorruptible spot of grace at our core…….Mark Nepo
This may be the surge of winter’s unveiling…
The beginning, the soft spot, the pause in between things….
Nevertheless, it is worthy of resting with this beauty awhile here in these January days…to lift into this core where ‘the why or how’ isn’t quite so impelling for a few moments.