a kiss is a kiss & should be allowed its grace….

the finesse of the natural ways…

There is something bloodless in the contemporary vision of spirituality as part of a general fitness scheme, that sees it only as a means for attaining a life of perfection and health. The romantic element brings it down to earth and connects it once again with ordinary emotions and struggles. The romantic spirit doesn’t aim to resolve those conflicts but to embrace them and imagine human existence with a depth of vision not thinned out by the need to improve or save. The romantic wants life to be rich and complex. In romantic spirituality we both enjoy and endure our individual quirks and destiny. Suffering is valuable because it brings us into our humanity. We live intimately and generously. We love and lose, bind and separate. We become attached and are forced to move on. In spite of bad health or emotional confusion we go on into life. I fear that by ignoring the romantic depths we make religion too clean and abstract, and therefore ignore its soul…..Thomas Moore

celebrating our complexity is a deepening of soul work….allow for strange nuances in the way our life flows….this is living sensually, in the depths….no, it’s not all clear, not idealistic, not predictable……this romantic vision brings us into the moments of our lives…..celebrates the mess of love..

Anything that removes what grows between our hearts and the day is spiritual. It might be the look of a loved one stirring their coffee as morning light surprises their groggy eyes. It might be the realization while watching a robin build its nest that you are only a temporary being in this world. It might be a fall on ice that reminds you of the humility of your limitations. The aim of all spiritual paths, no matter their origin or the rigors of their practice, is to help us live more fully in the lives we are given. In this way, whatever comes from a moment’s grace that joins us to our lives and to each other- this is spiritual…..Mark Nepo

our peculiar lives in romantic shades of real beauty….

The more materialistic Science becomes

the more angels shall I paint.

…Edward Burne-Jones

6 thoughts on “a kiss is a kiss & should be allowed its grace….

  1. Yes we have polarized love, separated it from romance, relegated the poet to the chicken flick genre. We glamorize warriors, make sensitive men into sissies who have no place in society. Sparta moves to rule Athens , and history repeats…

    • Yep, you covered many shadow aspects here…..balancing masculine/feminine is a big aspect of this…..Elizabeth Lesser has amazing insights into patriarchal balance in ‘The Seeker’s Guide.’ And one of the biggest ways these cycles are perpetuated is within our families….Johnson says we take on shadow aspects not dealt with from our families…..wow….thanks g.f.s….let’s keep the sensitive poets happy & well:)

      • Interesting about family aspects … I am reading Jung’s Psychology of the Unconscious and there are many aspect of our relationships with family esp. parent that shape our world for us ….

      • And I’m always so cautious about ‘going on’ about family stuff….it’s so natural to have that integration over a lifetime with them….as hard as it can be…but you will have much more to say about this after reading that! Please share….thanks….

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