care of the wild & fragrant echo

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Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

Start with
the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
your own
way to begin
the conversation.

Start with your own
give up on other
people’s questions,
don’t let them
smother something

To hear
another’s voice,
your own voice,
wait until
that voice

becomes an
private ear
that can
really listen
to another.

Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don’t follow
someone else’s
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don’t mistake
that other
for your own.

Start close in,
don’t take
the second step
or the third,
start with the first
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.

….David Whyte

the impossible limitations that feed our everyday mind wither and befall around all of the inconsistencies surrounding our endless platitudes and discursive ramblings…….this is how we know that our “truth” is echoed in our dreams, daydreams, soul mantras, and annoying little hopes…..may we listen deeply to the heart……..only here do we really know…

Sometimes, even when we can hear the voice of the Beloved beckoning us home, we hesitate. Even as we ache to find that place of belonging to that which is larger than ourselves, to the meaning in our lives and the sacred presence within an around us, we resist the call that would take us there. Sometimes we keep searching to avoid going home, to avoid facing unspoken and unresolved feelings we may have about he reality of living in this world, about the Sacred Mystery that creates and sustains this reality……Oriah Mountain Dreamer

beloved & gracious holding…..

We are often surprised when love falls apart. It makes no sense to us- how can something so beautiful turn so ugly? But we should not be so surprised, because few of us are ready to hold love safe. Few of us are trained in the art of love.

The entire world has been organized around masks and defenses. Adaptation and disguise are our specialty. But love is a different world, an unmasked, surrendered landscape that few of us have explored with any great depth. It’s easy for most of us to articulate concepts, but to hearticulate the subtleties of the feeling realms is another planet altogether. We are so hard on ourselves and others when love falls away, but our expectations are unrealistic.

We are only at the beginning of an enheartened way. We haven’t yet downloaded the ways of the heart. We are learning as we crawl. Best we stop beating ourselves up when it doesn’t work out. There is still so much left to learn.

……Jeff Brown


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