marooned in the mystery of longing

sangha lives

Humans have always felt less than perfect in one way or another, & we probably always will. Over a lifetime, the obvious becomes inescapable: we will never achieve any ideal of perfection- other than the realization of the perfection of who we already are, blemishes & all. And what is true for us is true for anyone, however glowing their life may seem to our eyes. We are, all of us, no more & no less than wonderfully ordinary, imperfect mortals. Every spiritual tradition agrees that in the end we can only bow our heads to the fact of our limitations & the mystery of existence. However sophisticated our spiritual practices, we shall never get to the bottom of who we are, never uncover all our fault lines & layers of subtle unrest. Like the puzzle of life & death, these are puzzles that will remain as ungraspable & nebulous as ever. That is their beauty, & our beauty too: we will always be just beyond our own grasp….Roger Housden

this passion we feel for life is powerful in its vagueries….its contradictions & pitfalls frequently want to elope with ‘the answers’ to form a nice & tidy explanation of who we are & why we are here…let us not allow the mystery to dissolve too soon…

an immortal longing may be all we need…..

leaving the questions sacred…..

this space in-between is where we need each other…where we find our collective breath & learn to hold on….our tribe allows us to be….we have so much in each other…

In everyone’s life, there is great need for an ‘anam cara,’ a soul friend. In this love, you are understood as you are without mask or pretension. The superficial & functional lies & half-truths of social acquaintance fall away, & you can be as you really are. Love allows understanding to dawn, & understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home. Understanding nourishes belonging. This recognition is described in a beautiful line by Pablo Neruda, ‘You are like nobody since I love you.’ It is precisely in awakening & exploring our rich & opaque inner landscape that the anam-cara experience illuminates the mystery & kindness of the divine. This love is the threshold where divine & human presence ebb & flow into each other……..John O’Donohue

2 thoughts on “marooned in the mystery of longing

  1. If we were ever to achieve “perfection”, what would our purpose be then? What to strive for? If there were no mystery to life, where could humanity’s incessant curiosity go? Because, throughout time, man has demonstrated the need to seek, to explore, to strive for “more” – unlike the nature kingdom, we are unable to simply “exist”. This post poses so many excellent questions – very thought-provoking indeed! ~ Julie xox

    • If we could only use that longing for constructive pursuits….getting out of our head & giving to others…just ‘being’ creates more space for that sometimes….thanks for the continued questioning…..seek & find….

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