the spontaneous healing of a tired soul

4-Pics for Blog Edits23Starting here, what do you want to remember?

How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?

What scent of old wood hovers, what softened

sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world

than the breathing respect that you carry

wherever you go right now? Are you waiting

for time to show you some better thoughts?

When you turn around, starting here, lift this

new glimpse that you found; carry into evening

all that you want from this day. This interval you spent

reading or hearing this, keep it for life-

What can anyone give you greater than now,

starting here, right in this room,

when you turn around?

….William Stafford

ever find yourself sitting and staring off into space, simply not knowing what to do next? what to think? what’s it all about? what are we doing? why can’t it all just stop for a few hours? what is missing? hmmmm…….no one is alone in this….and grace is where we go to listen….and grace happens when the spiraling begins….and grace serves the truth…..

In its highest form, the sensation of seeking takes on the form of the Great Search for Spirit. We wish to get from our unenlightened state (of sin or delusion or duality) to an enlightened or more spiritual state. We wish to get from where Spirit is not, to where Spirit is…The Great Search for Spirit is simply that impulse, the final impulse, which prevents the present realization of Spirit, and it does so for a simple reason: the Great Search presumes the loss of God. The Great Search reinforces the mistaken belief that God is not present, and thus totally obscures the reality of God’s ever-present Presence. The Great Search, which pretends to love God, is in fact the very mechanism of pushing God away; the mechanism of promising to find tomorrow which exists only in the timeless now; the mechanism of watching the future so fervently that the present always passes it by- very quickly- and God’s smiling face with it…..Ken Wilber

it may be time to go a little deeper…

The spiritual life, which affirms and includes all experience in awareness, tends to manifest joy that radiates from an inner source. It cannot be found by searching in the outer world, but when the source within is awakened it is reflected in all things. In the words of Kalu Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, ‘When you practice the Dharma the clouds of sorrow will drift away and the sun of wisdom and great joy will be shining in the clear sky of your mind.’ Pleasure at this level may be described as rapture, joy, or pure light. The happiness that results from healing the mind at this level is impossible as long as one feels fragmented or conflicted. Peace is a necessary condition. Experiencing spiritual happiness is contingent on awareness. In growing toward wholeness, awakening to the reality of self as spirit can generate spontaneous joy. It is not a separate state to be acquired or added to a repertoire, but can be expressed in communication at any level of consciousness. If one listens to the wisdom of the Self in the process of changing, growing, and understanding more about human experience, one may discover that happiness is inseparable from the fulfillment of a unique function in the world. When one responds to an inner calling, following truth and authenticity at every level, one may taste happiness in the process of becoming whole….Frances Vaughan

8 thoughts on “the spontaneous healing of a tired soul

  1. When we search for truth, for Spirit, the most difficult task is redefining happiness, from what we we taught, to what it truly is. To be in the world but not of it, is the message we are given as a signpost to The Way. As Greg Braden says how do we think the thoughts of Angels, we everyone around us is focused on the ground. We have to remember we are social creatures, and will be swept by tides … It is the awareness of them that delivers us from drowning in the current, our deliberate effort to swim across it … How true the words … Love will lead us home …

    • how freeing it has been to get to the heart of happiness… be ok with the way things are….to shift from moving to being…..when we can’t swim, we can float….I love Vaughan’s premise that happiness is contingent upon finding our place in this world….indeed, ‘love will lead us home’…..a beautiful ode to the angels g.f.s….

  2. Perhaps the greatest measure of compassion is in our acceptance of ourselves, with the messy past and the unknown future, in this place (this now), we find redemption. In this tired sweet quiet, we realize the most essential truths. A loving understanding of both life and love. This voice, the one that had been trying for so long to get my attention, calling out to me (by name), begging me to hear — it wan’t the world’s. It was mine. Whereas the silence used to seem so vast and empty, now it seems overflowing. Love to you this beautiful day, Blue. ~ Bobbie

    • Somehow it’s so comforting to receive blessings from another to be ok in the muck…..a gentle nudge to simply be ok with what is….and then suddenly we realize it’s permission to listen to our own heart’s longing….our own deepest truths…..thanks for sharing this space for ‘this tired sweet quiet’…….blessngs into sunsets Bobbie….

  3. ever seeking and finding no rest, our soul journeys on and on…tired, yet continues to the inner calling that rest will only come from the Divine. so, we share and we journey together…<3

    • so we hold the questions for one another……releasing them gently….preparing for their eventual return…..honoring the ebb and flow….with gratitude for the mystery of it all…..

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