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Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” ~ Brené Brown, Daring Greatly
It’s cold outside but I have to go.
The river is calling me.
I bundle up; my best over coat, hat, gloves, and scarf.
I walk quickly and breathe the frigid air into my lungs.
I am searching for an answer.
The river is flowing nicely; ripples reflecting the last light of this November day.
I can hear it.
I can see it.
In our own age the idea that religion belongs to our private life— that it is, in fact, an occupation for the individual’s hour of leisure—is at once paradoxical, dangerous, and natural. It is paradoxical because this exaltation of the individual in the religious field springs up in an age when collectivism is ruthlessly defeating the individual in every other field.
(For a gypsy heart)
You ask me in an offhand way
To tell you what I know,
To go unobstructed along dark paths,
See the light of day fold itself
Into a canopy of trees
That confides its own theology
Is to be devoutly wished for.
I am not talking about gods
Who have their own agenda
In choirs of water that whisper…
Silence is rich. It is dark and viscous and it flows on waves of nothingness. Silence begs to be filled and filled it must be. It is lonely and demanding and chill to the touch but it tastes smooth like the breeze. Silence is an opulent black pearl and one of the rarest gems on Earth.
There is a simple profoundness that can be found in the absence of sound.