“The World Was Made to be Free In”

For all my loyal readers, my apologies for not posting these past few weeks. (Anyone out there? Anyone else see the movie Julie and Julia where Julie asks that in her blog posting, and the only person who responds is her mom?)

So, here we are in 2010, and Happy New Year to you!

At the end of the year, I went on silent retreat at Spirit Rock, sitting the “Contemplating Peace: Holy Days” vipassana retreat. In this still, quiet, dark, and cold time of year, it was both restful and reinvigorating.

One of the dharma teachers, Pamela Weiss, offered a poem by David Whyte, Sweet Darkness, a line from which gave me the title for this posting. He writes, “You must learn one thing: The world was made to be free in.” Whyte’s poem ends:

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
to learn
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.
So as we enter this new year, and the light steadily increases, what cages will open for you?

What brings you alive?



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