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, May 11, 2022

the soul keeps score

it has been said that the body keeps score

that if we go through life

carrying our pain and stress


eventually, it will all show up

in our body

somewhere, somehow


but I think the soul keeps score too

when we carry pain

it takes a toll


emotional, mental, and spiritual pain is always with us

we cannot avoid it

and be human


we want to avoid it!

our natural inclination is to move away from pain


to suppress it


maybe if we pretend it isn’t there it will go away!

it doesn’t

maybe if we medicate it we will feel better

we don’t


pain has a way of hanging around

building up


our moves away from pain

often bring us more pain


we trap our pain

we multiply it

it traps us

it wears us down


it defines us

and then it defines the way we live


it has been said that if we do not transform our pain

we transfer it


we pass it on


to children

to spouses

to friends


this week I have sat with pain

my own

and others


and I have felt the impact of pain

I have seen the impact of pain


and I know this

pain must be accepted


we must look at it in the face

we must hold it, gently

we must touch it with compassion, and forgiveness

and yes, love


we must allow ourselves to hurt

for ourselves

for others


we must hand our pain over

to a God who understands pain

and will suffer with us

and walk with us

and restore our souls


the pain will not go away

but it will no longer control us and determine us

it will still be a part of our lives

but only a part, not the whole


we will still carry a lot (too much) crap

but we will travel lighter


and there will be room in our baggage

for a little love,

a little hope

and a little peace


and we will have a chance

having accepted pain

and released pain

and handed over pain to Love

to do what we want to do

and be who we want to be


and love

how we want to love

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