Category Archives: Journey of the Soul

There is a brokenness

out of which comes the unbroken,

a shatteredness

out of which blooms the unshatterable.

There is a sorrow

beyond all grief which leads to joy

and a fragility

out of whose depths emerges strength.

 

There is a hollow space

too vast for words

through which we pass with each loss,

out of whose darkness

we are sanctioned into being.

 

There is a cry deeper than all sound

whose serrated edges cut the heart

as we break open to the place inside

which is unbreakable and whole,

while learning to sing.

 

Rashani Rea

 

Journey of the Soul

In sight

Somewhere along the way,

Amidst the breaking waves,

In a fragment of time where the field of experience

Softened and expanded,

I fell back into the current of life.

The wind and my breath were one,

The sun radiated through my veins,

The earth held me with warmth and generosity.

Every cell quivered with full participation in life,

And came to rest in the deep well of stillness in my heart.

Written after my first day of practising meditation with open eyes, on retreat with John Welwood in the Hudson Valley, New York State, August 2016.

 

Journey of the Soul

“The first thing you need to do when you’ve suffered loss or betrayal is to find a way to regain your wise heart so that you can let it hold the aching of your heart and facilitate going through your difficulties in a conscious and clear way.

The person who, already being on the way, falls upon hard times in the world, will not as a consequence turn to those friends who offered them refuge and comfort and encourage their old self to survive. Rather, they will seek out someone who will faithfully and inexorably help them to risk themselves, so they may endure the difficulty and pass courageously through it. Only to the extent that a person exposes themselves over and over again to annihilation and loss can that which is indestructible be found within them. In this daring lie dignity and the spirit of true awakening.

Sometimes suffering the losses and the unexpected betrayals and break-ups that befall each of us becomes the place where we grow deepest in our capacity to lead an authentic and free life. Often by working our way through our difficulties, our ability to love and feel compassion for ourselves and others deepens, along with the wisdom that will help us through similar problems in the future.”  

Jack Kornfield