Beneath the small daily trials are startling paradoxes, things the mind cannot reconcile but the heart must hold if we are to live fully: profound tiredness and radical hope; shattered beliefs and relentless faith; the seemingly contradictory longings for personal freedom and a deep commitment to others, for solitude and intimacy, for the ability to simply be with the world and the need to change what we know is not right about how we are living…..Oriah Mountain Dreamer
we live within these spaces, this harmonious dissonance….the forces surrounding our lives cluster into an intense and beautiful pattern of simplicity and fear….a cosmic dance….we let go again and again, finding our way….
Rest is the conversation between what we love to do and how we love to be. Rest is not stasis but the essence of giving and receiving. Rest is an act of remembering, imaginatively and intellectually, but also physiologically and physically. To rest is to become present in different way, especially to give up on the will as the prime motivator of endeavor, with its endless outward need to reward itself through established goals. To rest is to give up on worrying and fretting and the sense that there is something wrong with the world unless we put it right; to rest is to fall back, literally or figuratively from outer targets, not even to a sense of inner accomplishment or an imagined state of attained stillness, but to a different kind of meeting place, a living, breathing state of natural exchange……David Whyte
Much of my life has been devoted to understanding being and feeling. If pressed, I would have to say that all that understanding has given way to the realization that to enter my experience of being and feeling is how I know my soul. In essence, understanding has given way to embodiment. Insight has given way to presence. For sure, understanding and insight are still valuable, but after all the study and all the degrees, I truly get it. They serve the awakening of the spirit and presence, not the other way around. Too much time is lost, and wasted, in pursuing wisdom over joy. Still, this is what I have learned. To begin, with, there is a holy relationship between being and feeling. When one opens the other, we perceive more deeply and understand more broadly. Just as thinking and feeling, together, can open the eyes of the deep, being and feeling, together, can unlock the heart to its heritage of compassion. You could say that being is a window into spirit, and that feeling is a window into our psychology. Yet while being will always open feeling, feeling can block being…….Mark Nepo