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Light Gets In, Yeah, Yeah

"God has no body now on earth but yours no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he pours out,compassion in the world, compassion in the world. His are the hands, blessing me now. All praise to the One. Ring the bells that can still ring, Forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in."
- Anthem, by Leonard Cohen 


Taking A Leap

"The on-the-spot practice of being fully present, feeling your heart, and greeting the next moment with an open mind can be done at any time: when you wake up in the morning, before a difficult conversation, whenever fear or discomfort arises. This practice is a beautiful way to claim your warriorship, your spiritual warriorship. In other words, it is a way to claim your courage, your kindness, your strength. Whenever it occurs to you, you can pause briefly, touch in with how you're feeling both physically and mentally, and then connect with your heart-even putting your hand on your heart, if you want to. This is a way of extending warmth and acceptance to whatever is going on for you right now. You might have an aching back, an upset stomach, panic, rage, impatience, calmness, joy-whatever it is, you can let it be there just as it is, without labeling it good or bad, without telling yourself you should or shouldn't be feeling that way. Having connected with what is, with love and acceptance, you can go forward with curiosity and courage. I call this step "taking a leap."
-   Pema Chodron in, "Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change"



LONGING has its own secret future destination, and its own seasonal emergence from within, a ripening from the core, a seed growing in our own bodies; it is as if we are put into relationship with an enormous distance inside us leading back to some unknown origin and with its own secret timing, indifferent to our wills, and at the same time, outwardly, an intimate sense of proximity, to a lover, to a future, to a transformation, to a life we want for ourselves; to the beauty of the sky and the need for a new ground beneath it. Longing is nothing without its dangerous edge, that cuts and wounds us while setting us free and beckons us exactly because of the human need to invite the right kind of peril; The foundational instinct is that we are here essentially to risk ourselves in the world; that we are a form of invitation to others and to otherness, that we are meant to hazard ourselves for the right thing, for the right woman or the right man, for a son or a daughter, for the right work or for a gift given against all the odds. In longing we move and are moving from a known but abstracted elsewhere, to a beautiful, about to be reached, someone, something or somewhere we want to call our own. © David Whyte: from Readers' Circle Essay, "Longing" 2011

Photo © DW 2014 : Paris: Winter Sky.


Something you are …

"The human brain is a highly differentiated form through which consciousness enters this dimension. It contains approximately one hundred billion nerve cells (called neurons), about the same number as there are stars in our galaxy, which could be seen as a macrocosmic brain. The brain does not create consciousness, but consciousness creates the brain, the most complex physical form on earth, for its expression. When the brain gets damaged, it does not mean that you lose consciousness. It means consciousness can no longer use that form to enter this dimension. You cannot lose consciousness because it is, in essence, who you are. You can only lose something you have, but you cannot lose something that you are."  Eckhart Tolle