the curious work of a life begging to live…

fragile beauty

Spirituality is a hard thing to define. But Annie Dillard has given us a vivid image of what authentic spirituality is about: ‘In the deeps are the violence & terror of which psychology has warned us. But if you ride these monsters down, if you drop with them farther over the world’s rim, you find what our sciences cannot locate or name, the substrate, the ocean or matrix or ether which buoys the rest, which gives goodness its power for good, & evil its power for evil, the unified field: our complex & inexplicable caring for each other, & for our life together here. This is given. It is not learned.’ Here Dillard names two crucial features of any spiritual journey. One is that it will take us inward & downward, toward the hardest realities of our lives, rather than outward & upward toward abstraction, idealization & exhortation. The spiritual journey runs counter to the power of positive thinking……Parker Palmer

this completely dispels the notion of the spiritual path as synonomous with saintliness…on the contrary, we know our demons intimately….tearing away from intellectualism, testing the idea that questioning our existence is worth seeing beneath our pretty faces….our everyday lives aren’t denied anymore…a painful, slow, & delicate growth……

the sunny side of life is the freedom of bliss…

What does seeing clearly mean? It doesn’t mean that you look at something and analyze it, noting all its composite parts; no. When you see clearly, when you look at a flower and really see it, the flower sees you. It’s not that the flower has eyes, of course. It’s that the flower is no longer just a flower, and you are no longer just you. Flower and you have dissolved into something way beyond what we can even say, but we can experience this. This kind of seeing, this kind of understanding is ‘as-it-is-ness.’  This wonderful intuitive wisdom infuses everything we do, if we just open ourselves up to it, and forget about all our selfish, petty concerns, forget about what we want, what we must get, whether this is doing something for us. Forget it. We are here for the sake of all sentient beings, and we are one with all sentient beings when we come to see this as-it-is-ness. Meister Eckhart, a thirteenth-century Christian mystic who really understood this, said, ‘The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.’…..Maurine Stuart

the paradox of deepening the hole to find the light

is the heart of a rueful happiness…

not fixed, but lingering & grappling with our true reflection….

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