Open-endedly

To wait open-endedly is
an enormously radical attitude toward life.

…actively present to the moment,
expecting that new things will happen to us,
new things that are far beyond
our own imagination or prediction.

That, indeed, is a very radical stance toward life
in a world preoccupied with control.

                                                      ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen

How do you stay open?

Dare to love

“My grief says I dared to love, that I allowed another to enter the very core of my being and find a home in my heart. Grief is akin to praise; it is how the soul recounts the depth to which someone has touched our lives.” Francis Weller, The Wild Edge of Sorrow

How has your soul been touched deeply?

Morning mist

“There is a place in the soul that neither time nor space nor no created thing can touch.” (German mystic Meister Eckhard)

“…what it means is that your identity is not equivalent to your biography and that there is a place in you where you have never been wounded, where there is still a sureness in you, where there’s a seamlessness in you, and where there is a confidence and tranquility in you. And I think the intention of prayer and spirituality and love is now and again to visit that inner kind of sanctuary.” John O’Donohue

Do you know that place?

Hope is the thing with feathers

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me. Emily Dickinson

What form or shape does hope take for you?