listen to the dark night

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No matter how I turn

the magnificent light follows.

Background to my sadness.

No matter how I lift my heart

my shadow creeps in wait behind.

Background to my joy.

No matter how fast I run

a stillness without thought is where I end.

No matter how long I sit

there’s a river of motion I must rejoin.

And when I can’t hold my head up

it always falls in the lap of one

who has just opened.

When I finally free myself of burden

there’s always someone’s heavy head

landing in my arms.

The reasons of the heart

are leaves in wind.

Stand up tall and everything

will nest in you.

We all lose and we all gain.

Dark crowds the light.

Light fills the pain.

It’s a conversation with no end,

a dance with no steps,

a song with no words,

a reason too big for any mind.

No matter how I turn

the magnificence follows.

~Mark Nepo

solstice. darkness. quiet. retreat. know.

inquiry for today~  prepare for winter solstice……for holiday light….for the long dark winter….

where water follows fire

If we can allow ourselves to live an ordinary life while also staying awake to the great void a the center of all that is, then we can be this intermediary place between that intoxicating, mystical bliss of oblivion and the wonder of how the Divine creates and reveals Itself in all the forms of life. Our lives are the expression of this bridge- ordinary and extraordinary, all things in their place, everything free to be as it is, and our consciousness, our heart, free to be used as needed. ~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

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