burning through the shadows

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There comes a time in every life
when the world gets quiet and
the only thing left is your heart.
…..Sarah Dessen

so close to the unknown we are……and when we trust in the sky, pray deep, slide in to sweet essence, and quit controlling everything, we rekindle a forgotten heartfire…..

A brief reflection: Imagine you are looking through a photo album of your life. There you are in kindergarten, in senior year of high school, when you started your first job, fell in love, had your first child, etc. There are photos celebrating your achievements, but perhaps there are also photos of times of great insecurity and loss. Then you look in the mirror. Who are you? Consider how your body has changed, your worldview, your sense of what is important in life, your pleasures, your moods. Now ask yourself, in every time and place, through all these years and moments, what about me has been unchanging? What has always been here? Can you sense that there has always been, and is right now, a consciousness, a presence that knows, a space of awareness that perceives what’s happening? If we can begin to realize this mystery within our own existence, our relationship to this changing world shifts. we can hold the personal sense of self more lightly. We don’t react so strongly to things not going our way……Tara Brach

casting shadows

Is there anything I can do to make myself enlightened?

As little as you can do to make the sun rise in the morning.

then of what use are the spiritual exercises you prescribe?

To make sure you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise.

…..Anthony de Mello

2 thoughts on “burning through the shadows

  1. Perhaps the reason poetry and literature are the mirror through which the unchanging one can view the world, it’s ever changing tides, and know it is the eye of the storm, the place of peace and rest in the constant rounds of this realm … Prayers of peace always …

    • a safe space for rumination, for unearthing the doubt……greening the soul somewhere between blue sky & white light of moon……

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