Men are not free
when they are doing just what they like.
Men are only free
when they are doing what the deepest self likes.
And there is getting down to the deepest self!
It takes some driving.
the yearning digs deep into an unlived life…..to be made spacious and tender when we understand this humanness…..letting go into the pain is letting go into love, a paradox revealed over a lifetime of living and despair and mercy….may we forgive ourselves, hold and be held…
When we are suffering and turn to prayer, no matter what the apparent reasons for our pain, the basic cause is always the same: We feel separate and alone. We reach out to be relieved of this pain of isolation. Celtic poet and scholar John O’Donohue, in his book, ‘Eternal Echoes,’ writes, ‘Prayer is the voice of longing; it reaches outwards and inwards to unearth our ancient belonging.’ This is a beautiful description of what I call mindful prayer. We reach not just outward to know our belonging, but with mindful prayer we also turn inward and listen deeply to the suffering that is giving rise to our prayer. When we are willing to touch the pain of separation, our longing carries us to the tender and compassionate presence that is our awakened nature…….Tara Brach
Let it ferment and season you
As few humans
Or even divine ingredients can.
Something missing in my heart tonight
Has made my eyes so soft,
My need of God