the call to see fathoms deep

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When we realize we are not separate,
but a part of the huge ocean of everything,
we become enlightened.
…..Thich Nhat Hanh

we have the river in us that dives so deep, loves so deep, fears so deep, hides so deep……maybe we can ride and ride, down and down, meeting each cherished diamond along the way…..

Mining Diamonds

I used to be convinced

that if I could shrink

myself smaller than

a pin, smaller than a

mustard seed or comma,

if I could crawl inside

my head like a microbic

coal miner, the canary

would be dead within

minute. Doesn’t it feel

like that? Shine a flashlight

on this mess, and I’ll

find out just how slimy,

worthless, and fundamentally

mistaken I really am.

But just the opposite is true.

The more illumination I

bring in, the more I see, the

more caved-in passageways

I excavate-

The more the canary sings

in ecstasy. And the

miner, light reflecting on

wide veins of diamonds-

the miner just stumbled

into paradise.

…..Danna Faulds

down down down

Courage is a word that tempts us to think outwardly, to run bravely against opposing fire, to do something under besieging circumstance, and perhaps, above all, to be seen to do it in public, to show courage; to be celebrated in story, rewarded with medals, given the accolade, but a look at its linguistic origins leads us in a more interior direction and toward its original template, the old Norman French, Coeur, or heart.

Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work, a future. To be courageous, is not necessarily to go anywhere or do anything except to make conscious those things we already feel deeply and then to live through the unending vulnerabilities of those consequences. To be courageous is to seat our feelings deeply in the body and in the world: to live up to and into the necessities of relationships that often already exist, with things we find we already care deeply about: with a person, a future, a possibility in society, or with an unknown that begs us on and always has begged us on. Whether we stay or whether we go – to be courageous is to stay close to the way we are made…..David Whyte

4 thoughts on “the call to see fathoms deep

  1. According to David Hawkins courage is the point where we begin to cross over into being truly human and take the steps toward loving and compassion. When we choose courage we have become discontent with fear, realizing how unnatural a state it is to live in … The river waits always for the stream to fill with rain so it may carry the heart of life to the sea …

    • if we only knew how valuable and beautiful our imperfections were… much they teach us…how much they allow us to immerse in the beauty around us…..this, I believe, is the courage Hawkins speaks of…..may you enliven in wonder g.f.s…..

  2. Beautiful post!! I needed this – this week! I got lectured recently by a family member about “not looking back” “not thinking about regrets” “not engaging too deeply with people”. These lectures always leave me feeling frustrated and lonely and somehow, like there is something wrong with me for feeling so much. Thank you for sharing these powerful pieces that celebrate living fully, looking fearlessly at our lives, and mining our wounds for beauty and spirit. Kim

    • I too, so appreciate this validation of my own sensitivity….may you keep your heart open Kim……balance with equanimity and seek out beauty and awe… to you….

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