Naturalist Annie Dillard reminds us of power of this mystery. “If the landscape reveals one certainty, it is that the extravagant gesture is the very stuff of creation. After the one extravagant gesture of creation in the first place, the universe has continued to deal exclusively in extravagances, flinging intricacies and colossi down aeons of emptiness….The whole show has been on fire from the word go.”
We are a part of this mystery.
What is most amazing of all is that we can spend days, even months, where we take the mystery for granted. Of course, our automatic habits serve us and help us functions. When I sit with a student, I do not just want to help them solve their problems. I want to find a moment with each person where their mind stops and their eyes open. I want to be together as if we were lying in a field on a clear summer night, held only by the magnet of gravity, looking down into a bottomless sea of stars. I want them to remember the beauty all around.
Patricia comes in sick and frightened, but if she can let go and sense the precious and ephemeral dance of her days on this timeless earth, it is a blessing. If Sean can step out of being the injured child and appreciate the mysterious dance that led to his adoption and current search for his birth mother, his heart becomes wise. If Marylinda can release her worries about retirement and sense the grace that has carried her and her children for 24 years, then our work is a success.
how will you know? how will you continue to unlearn as well?
inquiry for today~ where are your shifts today? where are your mysteries?
No one can build the bridge on which you, and only you, can cross the river of life.