When we speak instrumentally, we try to influence the listener by informing or affirming or rebuking. But when we speak expressively, we speak to express the truth within us, honoring the inner teacher by letting it know that we are attending to its voice. Of course, knowing when we are speaking from the soul rather than the intellect or ego is difficult, since the intellect & ego insist that they are the center of our lives. The signs that we are speaking from that inward center are subtle, as subtle as the stillness of a pond; the capacity to recognize them grows slowly as we speak in a space where no one is making ripples. When the space between us is made safe for the soul, a form that goes deeper than our opinions, ideas, & beliefs emerges as the truth that tells the stories of our lives……..Parker Palmer
this subtle & stiff awareness of the gray areas of our truth teach us to walk the tightrope of middle ground……being mindful is not possible here unless we have that heart connection with ourselves…..the direct line between heart & soul, unafraid of our story….
I am astonished, disappointed, pleased with myself. I am distressed, depressed, rapturous. I am all these things at once, & cannot add up the sum. I am incapable of determining ultimate worth or worthlessness; I have no judgment about myself & my life. There is nothing I am quite sure about……………Carl Jung
may the winds whip wildly, so
that you may feel safe amidst turmoil
to befriend the truth & chaos of your soul…