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

Monday, May 18, 2020

let your soul birth light

It is not possible to complete yourself without sorrow
Sorrow is a vital ingredient that shapes the heart and enriches it
So endure the sadness the best you can, when its season comes.
The fain that can fall from your eye brings life to a field
and on other days when you laugh, a sun takes birth
in a sky you will someday know.
See how all the elements are inside of you.

See how your soul births light.

it is a necessary sorrow
that sorrow that comes into our souls

we need to learn to grieve
we need to learn to sit with the grief
to let it sink into our bones
and become woven into our being

if we do not learn to grieve
if we cannot sit with sorrow

then were are incomplete
and must always be fighting

not just the sorrow
and its cause
but our very self

how true is it
that we are always sorrow denying
and in our intense protests
also denying joy

for our protests are fermented
in anger
and the places we travel

as we scurry away
like the nocturnal beasts we sometimes are
are dark and often fetid

and we do not hide
merely from the sorrow, but also the joy
not merely from the darkness but the light

this is a time to embrace the sorrow
of lives disrupted
of dreams thwarted
of businesses closed

this is a time to embrace, above all
the sorrow of distancing
and the pain of death

let the tears flow
let us enter into this sorrow fully
watering our souls

growing empathy and compassion
patience and selflessness

so that when the tears stop
and the joy comes,

when the season of joy once again arrives,
we dance in the sunlight
lighter, brighter

we emerge kinder
more aware
more open
more generous


birthing light

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