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Sweet Darkness

When your eyes are tired
the world is tired also.

When your vision has gone
no part of the world can find you.

Time to go into the dark
where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.

There you can be sure
you are not beyond love.

The dark will be your womb
tonight.

The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.

You must learn one thing,
The world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

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.

by David Whyte
From “The House of Belonging”

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small hands. . . .

Once a little boy went to a grocery store with his mother. The old shopkeeper looked at the small cute boy and lovingly took a bottle of his tastiest sweets and offered them to him saying in a jovial tone, “Dear child, you can take all the sweets you can hold in your tiny hands.”

But the child didn’t take any; he just looked up with a wistful expression on his face. The shopkeeper was a little surprised. He wondered why the little one did not take any sweets. So he tried to persuade him again, “Take the sweets, dear son.”

His mother also joined in and coaxed him to accept a handful, “Come on, uncle is giving you some sweets – take a few.” Yet the boy still did not pick any. The shopkeeper thought maybe the boy is too shy. He himself took two handfuls of sweets and gave it to the child. The boy’s face lit up; he was only too happy to accept them and exclaimed, “Oh thank you, Sir!”

When they returned home, his mother asked him, “Why didn’t you take the sweets when the shopkeeper offered you? There’s no need to be so shy.”

Can you guess what the boy said? “Mum! I was not being shy. You see, my hands are very small and if I take the sweets from the bottle, I can only take a few. But see what happened. When the kind uncle gave them to me with his big hands… how many more sweets I got!”

When we choose and acquire from the world, we are limited by our mind’s desires and expectations. But when we pray to God to supply our wants the way He wishes and knows is best for us, He gives to us everything we could require – way beyond our needs.

Let us depend always on Him. When we rely on Him totally, we will never be short of anything, for He is the True Source of all that exists in this Universe. And His Love is unimaginable.

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“There’s a space at the bottom of an exhale, a little hitch between taking in and letting out that’s a perfect zero you can go into. There’s a rest point between the heart’s muscle’s close and open – an instant of keenest living when you’re momentarily dead. You can rest there.”

Mary Karr

“The gaps are the thing. The gaps are the spirit’s one home, the altitudes and latitudes so dazzlingly spare and clean that the spirit can discover itself like a once-blind man unbound. The gaps are the clefts in the rock where you cower to see the back parts of God; they are the fissures between mountains and cells the wind lances through, the icy narrowing fords splitting the cliffs of mystery. Go up into the gaps. If you can find them; they shift and vanish too. Stalk the gaps. Squeak into a gap in the soil, turn, and unlock – more than a maple – a universe.”

Annie Dillard


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