the sensual rhythm of our innate values

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When I am not present to myself, then I am only aware of that half of me, that mode of my being which turns outward to created things. And then it is possible for me to lose myself among them. Then I no longer feel the deep secret pull of the gravitation of love which draws my inward self toward God. My will and my intelligence lose their command of the other faculties. My senses, my imagination, my emotions, scatter to pursue their various quarries all over the face of the earth. Recollection brings them home. It brings the outward self in line with the inward spirit, and makes my whole being answer the deep pull of love that reaches down into the mystery of God…..Thomas Merton

we move through this world as if the sun & the rose & the breath were eternal…..& so they are except to say that all is a mirage of hope & touch & the hum of time….we twist ourselves into what we should do & forget who we are & why we move through this world with the sun & the rose & the breath….may we love into the squalid & irresistible purity of ‘the way it is’ & know it’s heartbeat like our own….keeping rhythm with the soul of nature…

The spiritual essence of ourselves is our actual nature, always present beneath the polished surface of our lives, more durable than all of our protective posturing. It shines through the cracks in our defenses, it pervades and radiates throughout our body and everything around us- no matter what we are doing or feeling. This unfettered being does not resemble the fearful vision of untamed desire run amok. Rather, our true, wild nature is the fundamental unity of our mind, heart, and body…….Judith Blackstone

the rippled effect of conventional bruteness tossed by the wayside….

Here is the only place and now is the only moment in which to look for how to live who and what you are. Going home, knowing who and what we are and why we are here, is not something we have to earn by getting it right, choosing perfectly, or trying harder. Sometimes work is required, sometimes pain is endured. Loss is an inevitable part of being human. The reality we live is impermanent, constantly changing. Knowing this, facing the impermanence of our reality, we may be tempted to move away from loving deeply to protect ourselves from feeling the inevitable losses so acutely. But that would simply be fighting another aspect of the reality of being human, the reality of loving fiercely, of appreciating deeply and so being attached to the beauty we experience with the people and places and things we love. Being human means we are not detached, we are deeply connected to and affected by life. This is what it means to answer the call, to commit to being here in a human life, as a human being: to love what is mortal, to love what is unpredictably changing and impermanent, to love while being mindful that everything, every person, every place, every moment we love will change and pass, but to love anyway. And to love what you love fiercely, no-holds-barred, nothing held back, to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it, knowing that the reality of who and what you are as a human being is inseparable from this body, this world, this life you claim and inhabit fully. And when the time comes to let it go- and no one can ever predict or control when that time will come- to let it go…..Oriah Mountain Dreamer

10 thoughts on “the sensual rhythm of our innate values

  1. Because of self consciousness we like to see ourselves as something other than the sun, the rose, or a breath, yet through that same self consciousness we come o learn our pace is the same as those … When we awake to learn that knowing does not separate us, it is a glue that binds us, then we come into our divine right …. The same as the rose … To lie quietly in winter, to bloom into the warm sun, give up our fragrance to the wind, and fade, knowing everything we are is eternal, manifest as Love’strue expression ….

    • a beautiful vision of the course of love…..a poignant lesson to learn that our raw and bare self-consciousness is truly an opening…..as you say, like the rose, ‘manifest as Love’s true expression’….I think a rose poem would be truly unique coming from your pen g.f.s….

  2. Of the many ways, I’ve found this expressed, I believe the one that speaks in the voice most familiar is by Louise Erdrich ~

    “Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

    Each of us need (every day) to live like we were dying…….

    I love this, Blue. Much ever, Bobbie

    • Wow…..this is amazing….so full & ripe…may we all carry a little courage to allow the apples to fall…..love your zest for this life…….wishing you a day of bliss…..

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