Authenticity and beauty includes brokenness and darkness and death. In moments of darkness and uncertainty, we encounter the depths of our desire that life go on. And, paradoxically, it opens us up to gratitude for this moment- our chance to breathe the air, feel our heart beating, look into the eyes of another being. In times like that, what’s trivial or tawdry gets stripped away. And the stark grandeur appears. A grandeur that reaches down into our hearts…..JoAnna Macy
the misery of our lives, like holding a fragile egg, can bring such stark beauty, such amazement…..when we hold it close, not too close, land it gently, rock it, & then maybe paint it……never underestimate the power of melancholia…..& a little inertia…..that brooding in the dark can root the soul deeper…..nesting an egg…..
I almost envy them, sometimes, the happy ones. I’m sure they don’t envy me. They say, ‘You’re always grief-stricken, always worrying, always trying to understand, always trying to bring to consciousness….’as if that were a dirty word. Some just keep asking, Why? Without the divine, the imagination, the grief, the struggle, life is two-dimensional. One foot drags after the other, without meaning. I lived like that once. I couldn’t go on…Marion Woodman
Your life will have a kind of perfection, although you will not be a saint. The perfection will consist in this: you will be very weak and you will make many mistakes; you will be awkward, for you will be poor in spirit and hunger and thirst for justice. You will not be perfect, but you will love. This is the gate and the way. There is nothing greater than love. There is nothing more true than love, nothing more real. So let us hand our lives over to love and seal the bond of love……….Eberhard Arnold
where does the mystic live if not in the underbelly? reaching deep for mercy for one’s own pain makes space for love….grief & longing & surrender & despair…….blessed are we….tapping into angels and the devils of loneliness…..calm grace finds us….
Let us keep this truth before us. You say you have no faith? Love- and faith will come. You say you are sad? Love- and joy will come. You say you are alone? Love- and you will break out of your solitude. You say you are in hell? Love- and you will find yourself in heaven. Heaven is love…..Carlo Carretto