a kiss is more than a kiss

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When things fall apart and we can’t get the pieces back together, when we lose something dear to us, when the whole thing is just not working and we don’t know what to do, this is the time when the natural warmth of tenderness, the warmth of empathy and kindness, are just waiting to be uncovered, just waiting to be embraced. This is our chance to come out of our self-protecting bubble and to realize that we are never alone. This is our chance to finally understand that wherever we go, everyone we meet is essentially just like us. Our own suffering, if we turn toward it, can open us to a loving relationship with the world.    ~Pema Chodron

clustering all of our strength to love well…..layers of infinity cascade all around to ensure that shadows of deep intention find us……

Perhaps the most famous kiss in the world is Rodin’s sculpture The Kiss, in which two lovers, sitting on a rocky ledge embrace tenderly with radiant energy, and kiss forever. Touching in only a few places, they seem to be touching in every cell. It is as if they have fallen down the well of each other, they are not only self-absorbed, but actually absorbing one another. Rilke notes how Rodin was able to fill his sculptures with this deep inner vitality, with the rich and amazing restlessness of life. Even the tranquility, where there was tranquility , was composed of hundreds of moments of motion keeping each other in equilibrium. Here was desire immeasurable, thirst so great that all the waters of the world dried in it like single drop.   ~Diane Ackerman

somewhere above the trees

Understand, I’ll slip quietly
away from the noisy crowd
when I see the pale
stars rising, blooming, over the oaks.

I’ll pursue solitary pathways
through the pale twilit meadows,
with only this one dream:

You come too.

~Rilke

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