simplicity shadows the black & white truth

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The world is fed by our willingness to weep

for the impossibility of being human.

And the irony is,

weeping for the impossibility of being human

is human….Stephen Jenkinson

were we cast into our roles? did we land in our karma? who is responsible? how do we navigate between fierce forgiveness and accountability? who loves? may we consider the sweetness of kindness our deepest truth, for each moment we forget…..

I have been a lucky man. To feel the intimacy of brothers is a marvelous thing in life. To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life. But to feel the affection that comes from those whom we do not know, from those unknown to us, who are watching over our sleep and solitude, over our dangers and our weaknesses- that is something still greater and more beautiful because it widens out the boundaries of our being, and unites all living things….Pablo Neruda

considering the storyline

Only in a thoroughly unrelated world can we poison nature without conscience, neglect our children and the poor, and righteously slay thousands of enemy soldiers because we don’t have the patience or imagination for negotiation. As a tonic for our troubled world, friendship and behaving with consideration and care may seem light and even frivolous, but that could be because we have lost a sensitivity to the values of soul. Our soullessness appears in our tough pragmatism and in our bottom-line thinking. Even our social sciences seem more secure studying hard issues such as chemicals, traumas, and direct family influences as sources of our problems, instead of philosophical issues that lie deep in society. In compensation, some turn to otherworldly spirituality, seeking to transcend the limits of human knowledge and effort through preternatural means. In neither case is soul nurtured. We need to return to the simple virtues of friendship and manners if we are to restore life to humane dimensions and values…..Thomas Merton

4 thoughts on “simplicity shadows the black & white truth

  1. In his work ‘Thinking and Destiny’ Harold Percival states that quite simply, each of us are responsible for our past, present, and future, we are living the fruits of every choice we ever made, including where we are born, our parents, our very being. As Merton states so aptly, it is our choice to love or to hate. Dogma and creed are created to divide us much more than to unify. There are reportedly 41,000 Christian sects in the US alone, who’s got it right?
    May your steps be gentle and guided today by our Earthly Mother …

    • Merton’s honesty cuts to the heart…..looking at our actions alone does not always lead to clear seeing….in this we are truly humbled by our humanity….this must be why the smallest act of kindness ripples forth….it is what we know, what we can give in each moment when the big questions are insurmountable (like the the 41,000 sects)……love your poignant guidance to the heart g.f.s….

  2. My first thought was – forgiveness and accountability? Are they not the same? It is my blessing to love and to forgive – in that, my greatest (my sweetest) accountability. Every responsibility is grounded in loving. That which the world sees as difficult, easy by default. How can I know what tomorrow brings if I am not awake with arms open wide? ~ Love to your beautiful soul. ~ Light, Bobbie

    • coming from such an open heart as yours, the transparency of forgiveness is whole…..and this vibration comes from the smallest sound…..may your deepest knowing spread far Bobbie…

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