Willingness is not will power. Willingness is more like surrender to one’s deep longing. It orients us according to the heart’s desire instead of the ego’s demands. this requires recollection. A little space of time to remember. Thoreau called it living with a wide margin. We can start by giving ourselves just a tiny, small margin. We are expressing a little pressure of the will. Over time the habit of recollection leads us back to the center, to stillness and listening. There we can begin to find a new center from which to live. ~Gunilla Norris
how many times have you noticed the depth of your capacity to love?
inquiry for today~ as the summer drifts, can you find a little more space to drift in and out of a “wider margin?”
Great love has the potential to open the heart space and then the mind space. Great suffering has the potential to open the mind space, and then the heart space. Eventually, both spaces need to be opened, and for such people nondual thinking can be the easiest. People who have never loved or never suffered will normally try to control everything with an either-or attitude, or all-or-nothing thinking. Authentic love is of one piece. How you love anything is how you love everything. You cannot sincerely love another or forgive another’s offenses inside of dualistic consciousness. Undoubtedly, this is why we are told to be faithful to our loves, because such long-term loyalty will always lead us to the necessary pruning of the narcissistic self. ~Richard Rohr