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, February 5, 2020

who am I

St. Francis of Assisi (1182–1226) would spend whole nights praying “Who are you, my most dear God, and who am I . . . ?” It is through encountering the absolute safety of God that we discover our True Self, and in finding our truest self, we find a God who is always and forever larger than we expected.
                                                                        Richard Rohr  (Meditation, 1/24/2020)

May I be happy.
May I be at peace.
May I live with ease.
May I be free from suffering.
                                                                        Traditional Metta Phrases

Ah compassion
that moment when we step ourselves
when we notice
those empty eyes
the tears that cannot quite

the body bend
the hands clenched

when for a moment we step outside our own
and see, and hear
the other

Ah empathy
when we move past noticing
past vague feelings of pity
and enter in

walking into the pain
the fear
the loneliness

when we feel not for the other
but with the other

when we stand with them
sit with them
when we grieve and weep with them
entering into the world
seeing as best we can through their eyes
feeling with their heart

people drawn together

we know there is too little compassion
and too little empathy

there is faux compassion and empathy
often called sympathy

where those in position of power
or relative comfort look down
on “lesser folk”

but this act of joining
ah that we could learn
for those limbic driven
friends, from that dog who lies
as her person’s feet when he
knows her person is hurting

or the cat who usually aloof
snuggles next to her suffering person

where does it come from?
This ability to have compassion, and ultimately

It comes from our ability to have self compassion
A compassion that emerges for many of us
Only when we are able to access the reality of divine compassion
And divine empathy

We talk incarnation
God entering into our world
Our space

But we must realize that incarnation is what God does
It is who God is
God with us

And this God
Whom we can find in the sunrise
And stars
and wind

we also find at our own center
in that deep place where angels and demons dwell

which is also where we find ourselves

and in that place we sit together
our self and the Sacred
and we learn that God understands (has empathy)
and we learn of God’s compassion
and in the safety of Sacred love
we learn to sit with our own pain and fear
and sitting with ourselves
we learn to have compassion on that self

and then…
we are safe in our hearts
safe enough to look past our own “stuff”
our own loss, and regret,
our own anger and fear

and see
and feel
and have a little empathy
and a little compassion

in a world that has far too little

then we can sit with others
and let our hearts ache
and the tears come
and generosity flow

because we have found and accepted ourselves
and we have found a God
“who is always and forever larger [and more loving] than we expected.”

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