Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Aching Hearts

In the Jewish mystical tradition, a great rabbi taught his disciples to memorize and contemplate the teachings and to place the prayers and holy words on their hearts.  One day a student asked the rabbi why he always used the phrase "on your heart" and not "in your heart".  the mast replied.  "Only time and grace can put the essence of these stories in your heart.  Here we recite them and put them on our hearts hoping that some day when our hearts break they will fall in."
                                                                                Jack Kornfield


Sometimes Lord
it seems like my heart breaks
Sometimes it is just too much

There is just so much sufferening
such a sense of


a spectator watching 
people, lives
just fall apart.

and yet
in those moments
words unheeded
not understood
work their way down 
through all the layers of confusion
and distraction
and hear 
as if for the first time
the Sacred One 
I am love
I love you
Take heart oh little one
and in that moment
I can take my broken heart
and hold it
with the love and dignity and appeciation
it deserves.

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