I have always thought that stars turn into white birds
in the morning light
and sleep with their heads under their wings
until the dusk begins to walk through the streets.
this mysterious holding of light and pain never reveals its secrets until we forget to look for them…..until we remember that everything is in relationship…..opening to inner goodness means seeing birds in the stars and the stars in the birds….the freedom of a loving heart…..
Light cannot be seen without shade.
Shade cannot be seen without light.
By moonlight, we see in black and white. We cannot see colors. There is something fascinating and valuable about seeing the world that way. We see only what is essential. We see form emerging from a sea of blackness. . . . We can look at the world so familiar by daylight and see it anew in the black and white of moonlight.
You see yin and yang.
The day warms, the night cools. The sun moves over a hill, changing the face from brightness to shadow. Stand in the middle of a forest and watch all the shadows and sunlight shift second by second.
You see yin and yang.
Physician and author Rachel Naomi Remen tells a beautiful story about how her grandfather’s blessings nurtured her:
My grandfather died when I was seven years old. I had never lived in a world without him in it before, and it was hard for me. He had looked at me as no one else had and called me by a special name, ‘Neshume-le,’ which meant ‘little beloved soul.’ There was no one left to call me this anymore. At first I was afraid that without him to see me and tell God who I was, I might disappear. But slowly over time I came to understand that in some mysterious way, I had learned to see myself through his eyes. And that once blessed, we are blessed forever. Many years later when, in here extreme old age, my mother surprisingly began to light candles and talk to God herself, I told her about these blessings and what they had meant to me. She had smiled at me sadly. ‘I have blessed you every day of your life, Rachel,’ she told me. ‘I just never had the wisdom to do it out loud.’
Most of us need to be reminded that we are good, that we are lovable, that we belong. If we knew just how powerfully our thoughts, words, and actions affected the hearts of those around us, we’d reach out and join hands again and again. Our relationships have the potential to be a sacred refuge, a place of healing and awakening. We can remember to say our blessings out loud…..Tara Brach