hey eyelashes and toes, fingertips and funny bone, hey hair on my head and back of my neck.
I haven't felt at home very often. I've always felt quite out of place. And I'm beginning to enjoy calling you home. I feel like we're starting to get along. We are starting to love each other. To enjoy the gift of being intricately woven as we are.
We can feel so detached? Can we not? We run and go and stop and hurry and stop and go again.
Then we stop, we cease, we begin to rest and we feel heart beating louder, louder saying "I am here, I am here. Please remember me."
When we stop, we feel tired joints and achy limbs. We feel our souls sighing and our heart beating - oh so fast.
mind affects body.
We get sick, we feel sad, we feel lost. Often it is body telling us to listen... to me.
Often body is just used as a means to get places, to do stuff.
I once heard it said so poetically: that without body - there is no touch. No hugs, no tears, no hands grasped around a table to give thanks for nourishment to our very bones and blood.
Here we are - having to face what we have been given. Make peace with body, your body. The one you've been gifted.
I know - I can almost hear you thinking.
"Easier said than done."
And I agree. It is easier to say something and not actually believe it - not actually live as if it were true.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Practice. Practice until you get it, and then practice some more - because this is a lifetime. You will not be perfect with loving body today, you will not be perfect with loving the life you were given tomorrow.
You've been given these days. To enjoy, to delight, to find hope flowing through suffering. Most of all to be of service to friends and foes, to those you love and those whom you haven't yet come to love.
This, this beautiful thing pull it out of the overflow of your heart, of what you've been given. Keep your heart soft. It is much easier to discard it - to throw away your imagination, your feelings and emotions but I want to suggest a better way.
A way that you pay attention to doubt, you let fear say what he thinks - but then (and this is important) - you take a deep breath, you seek truth and you go on your way.