ALL IS ALWAYS WELL
SINCE BEFORE/DURING/AFTER TIME
SUPERSEDING WORDS & THOUGHTS
Not all men are called to be hermits, but all men need enough silence and solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard at least occasionally.
When that inner voice is not heard,
when man cannot attain to the spiritual peace that comes from being perfectly at one with his own true self,
his life is always miserable and exhausting.
For he cannot go on happily for long unless he is in contact with the springs of spiritual life which are hidden in the depths of his own soul.
If man is constantly exiled from his own home, locked out of his own spiritual solitude, he ceases to be a true person.
He no longer lives as a man.
He becomes a kind of automaton,
living without joy because he has lost his spontaneity.
He is no longer moved from within, but only from outside himself.
The Silent Life
As open, sensitive human beings,
we may never be able to avoid the experience of emotional pain.
This fact is not evidence that there is something wrong with us,
but that we are alive.
You are alive.
Thank god you have a body and a heart and a mind which allow you to feel,
and to make meaning of your feelings,
and use them skillfully as a bridge to connect with others.
Let us end the pathologizing of emotion once and for all,
instead proclaiming together the holiness of feeling.
hidden away in some fantasy of invincibility.
Even the wind blowing,
as it makes contact with the raw, tender, exposed flesh
is enough to take us to the ground.
we might see that emotional vulnerability
is in fact the only response that makes any sort of sense in a world
that has gone a bit mad.
In this way, we can re-contextualize and re-enchant our emotional experience, breathe new life into it and behold its sacredness.
It is magic to be an emotional being,
and we need no longer apologize for this.
along with vulnerability, heartbreak, grief,
and any sort of state of feeling a bit down.
We doubt ourselves and question our very being,
afraid to trust in the purity and integrity
of our experience exactly as it is.
Grief is not a condition to be diagnosed and treated.
Feeling down and blue and a bit hopeless is not a disease
which need be cured by consumption,
whether that consumption is of material goods or new inner states.
A broken heart is pure and is complete on its own,
filled with intelligence, life, and seeds of creativity and expression.
It need not be mended or transformed into something else.
It is the vehicle by which the poetry of your life may flow
and your unique individuality may come alive here.
and help us to make meaning, to bear the unbearable,
and truly be there for others when they are suffering.
And to be warriors in the world at those times we are needed most.
And now you come in my awakening,
which is my deeper dream.
— Khalil Gibran
ADDITIONAL AFTERNOON PHOTOS
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