The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
…..Parker J. Palmer
and here, locked in the truth of an incremental knowing, we dabble in a trial period of moving from resistance to opening and back again……breathe in the gap in between and feel the fresh rain fall….unaware….
Whatever the size or emotional impact of your story, the process is the same: look back. See your story. Then ask to see the wisdom or blessings or gifts. Dig to unearth the nuggets of knowing. Seek to find all the ways your story has moved you deeper into connection with Source. Look at and honor the steps that you have taken toward a fuller expression of your soul’s purpose and wholeness. In other words, find the gifts- all the gifts- that brought you to this moment when you are ready to shift into a new and sweeter life. You can have that new and sweeter life. I absolutely believe that. But not until you extract all the gifts of your story to date……Janet Conner
The 20th century monk and poet Thomas Merton drew from the Sufis to describe the point vierge- the virgin point of the soul- the part of ourselves deep within the heart that is untouched by our daily fears and anxieties, the place in which God dwells. This inner witness is our calm core, the place within us of infinite compassion and curiosity about our experience.When we move into silence and we begin to notice the inner voices rising up, it is our inner witness that can observe this dialogue without getting caught up in the emotional drama of it. Cultivating an awareness of this dimension takes practice. We enter into contemplative ways of praying to access this brilliance within us, to rest into our won hearts and discover there the heart of God. When making the space within ourselves to experience the full range of what wants to move and open, we also make room for the difficult and challenging aspects of our humanity…….Christine Valters Paintner