how fear is within the beloved

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When we are suffering and turn to prayer, no matter what the apparent reasons for our pain, the basic cause is always the same: We feel separate and alone. We reach out to be relieved of this pain of isolation. John O’Donohue writes, “Prayer is the voice of longing; it reaches outwards and inwards to unearth our ancient belonging.” This is a beautiful description of what I call mindful prayer. We reach not just outward to know our belonging, but with mindful prayer we also turn inward and listen deeply to the suffering that is giving rise to our prayer. When we are willing to touch the pain of separation, our longing carries us to the tender and compassionate presence that is our awakened nature.    ~Tara Brach

being awake and being drawn to our own hard truths….

inquiry for today~   your belonging is sensed when you stop running- both toward and away……..remember your openness……

who you embrace

Love is the soul’s light

the taste of morning,

no me, no we, no claim of being.

~Rumi

 

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