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Shade of Your Own Heart

I loved this story, and I thought I’d share it with you.  It’s from Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening.

There was a boy who knew how to make others relax by his friendly talk, and once they relaxed, he’d ask his many questions.  But he always went home alone.  The next day he’d talk some more, and sooner or later, he would always get to questions of love, colorful questions that would stretch and spread and fall, just like leaves.

He lived this way for many years and the deep asking opened his heart.  The space of his heart grew very wide and people would come and go like birds in the orchard of questions that was his heart.  But once everyone left, he was alone with all he knew.

One day there was a vibrant being who would not enter the orchard of his questions.  No matter how friendly he was, she wouldn’t answer him.  She simply fluttered close and held him, then waited in the world.  It took the boy a long time, for he was now covered with the bark of a man, but he wanted to be held, and so, uprooting himself, he left the shade of his own heart and began to live.

While you’re mulling that over, as I’ve done for several days now, I offer up another small gift—a joyous sort of anthem.  Seryn’s “We Will All Be Changed.”

[Post image: Oak Tree by 4score on stock.xchng]

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The quote I live by

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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