A poem today from The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, a beautiful anthology compiled by Robert Bly, James Hillman, and Michael Meade:
The word Faith means when someone sees
A dew-drop or a floating leaf, and knows
That they are, because they have to be.
And even if you dreamed, or closed your eyes
And wished, the world would still be what it was,
And the leaf would still be carried down the river.
It means that when someone’s foot is hurt
By a sharp rock, he also knows that rocks
Are here so they can hurt our feet.
Look, see the long shadow cast by the tree;
And flowers and people throw shadows on the earth:
What has no shadow has no strength to live.
-Czeslaw Milosz, translated by Robert Hass and Robert Pinsky with Renata Gorcynski
It is only by journeying into the fire that we give ourselves the chance to develop strength. Through deeply acknowledging the shadow, we have the opportunity to transmute darkness into light.
What is it that breaks your heart?
What is it that you most want in this world?
Try this: live your life as a prayer, as a meditation on that which you love. Make it your intention to live this way until you can say Here, here it is – What I love is all around and in me.
And be willing to stick with it, to do the work it takes to open further, to let go, to make new choices, to stay. To step into your ultimate place and to fully inhabit it.