Solace is not an evasion, nor a cure for our suffering, nor a made up state of mind. Solace is a direct seeing and participation; a celebration of the beautiful coming and going, appearance and disappearance of which we have always been a part. Solace is not meant to be an answer, but an invitation, through the door of pain and difficulty, to the depth of suffering and simultaneous beauty in the world that the strategic mind by itself cannot grasp nor make sense of.
To look for solace is to learn to ask fiercer and more exquisitely pointed questions, questions that reshape our identities and our bodies and our relation to others. Standing in loss but not overwhelmed by it, we become useful and generous and compassionate and even more amusing companions for others. But solace also asks us very direct and forceful questions. Firstly, how will you bear the inevitable loss that will accompany you? And how will you endure it through the years? And above all, how will you shape a life equal to and as beautiful and as astonishing as a world that can birth you, bring you into the light and then just as you were beginning to understand it, take you away? ~David Whyte
We are each born with a gift and an emptiness, and given a life to be in conversation with them, to have one fill the other. It doesn’t matter where the emptiness is in our life or what the gift is, it’s always the journey of a life to discover how they meet and complete each other. We waste so much time trying to hide our emptiness, feeling ashamed of our emptiness, trying to eliminate our emptiness, feeling victimized because we have an emptiness, or feeling we’re entitled not to have any emptiness,that we’re diverted from our soul’s journey. ~Mark Nepo
this exquisite life of receiving again and again, all that we would not choose…..how else could it be?
On this ever-revolving wheel of being
The individual self goes round and round
Through life after life, believing itself
To be a separate creature, until
It sees its identity with the Lord of Love
And attains immortality in the indivisible Whole.