Have you searched the vastness
for something you have lost?
Listening beyond our own silhouette, each thing we encounter is alive- be it a stone, a dragonfly, a symphony, or a peach. And each thing in its aliveness encodes and mirrors the whole of life in its own way. When we can listen, each particle of being, no matter how small, invites our presence and attention, so we might hear and feel the Universe through it. Despite our physical explanations, this is what enables us to hear the ocean when putting a shell to our ear or all of humanity when holding someone with a broken heart. When relating to what we encounter, we become more possible ourselves; able to grow from what other things see and feel. But how does a stone see and feel? Well, that’s the work of openness, isn’t it? To discover and inhabit many ways of listening, not just those we call human. I invite you to immerse yourself- through words and beneath words- in the deeper, fresher, eternal ways of listening that keep us alive……Mark Nepo
this birthday finds this old soul in deep gratitude for every sky that has opened the day, for every heart that has opened my knowing, for every moon that has opened the night……it is this tender cycle of time’s sweet remembrance that invites me into the pristine wild of my own heart-making….
We need each other. ‘The begging bowl of the Buddha,’ Catholic monk Thomas Merton explains, ‘represents not just a right to beg, but openness to the gifts of all human beings as an expression of this interdependence of all beings.’ Empathy is a sign of openness. ‘Jesus said one word, and a dead man sat up,’ writes the Sufi poet Rumi, ‘but creation usually unfolds, like calm breakers. Openness means that we don’t want to miss one moment of what’s going on, whether it is mind-bending miracles or the slow epiphanies of the natural world. ‘All real living is meeting,’ notes Jewish scholar Martin Buber. Joan Puls, a Catholic sister, calls openness ‘the attitude and condition that is at the heart of all spirituality.’ Be open like the monk with a begging bowl. Be open like a flower to the sun. Be open like the artist awaiting her muse. Trust your natural responses to the world. Walk the trail of the true human being. Let the miracles and the calm breakers transform you. Make the most of the deep in you meeting the deep in another. And recognize that like a monk with a begging bowl, your openness to the gifts of the universe is what holds you in its warm embrace……Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat