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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

When was the last time you sang?

When was the last time time you sang?
Question put to the sick by a Native American Medicine Man
Quoted by Mark Nepo in the Book of Awakening


When was the last time you sang?
not a hymn
or a song for a chorale
or choir

but sang
joyously, freely
just for the hell of it
because your soul was so full
of joy
that you could not be silent?

When was the last time you laughed?
laughed at the absurdity of life
laughed for no reason
laughed until the tears ran down your face
and you snorted

when was the last time you gave voice
to whatever was deep within you
when did you cry

there is healing
in that giving voice
in the laughter
the song
the cry
the whisper

even if it feels
that no one hears

for no song
no cry
no laugh
goes unheard

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