Flame on a December morning:
Rainer Maria Rilke, Translated from the German by Robert Bly
You darkness, that I come from,
I love you more than all the fires
that fence in the world,
for the fire makes
a circle of light for everyone,
and then no one outside learns of you.
But the darkness pulls in everything:
shapes and fires, animals and myself,
how easily it gathers them! —
powers and people —
and it is possible a great energy
is moving near me.
I have faith in nights.
Need some inspiration? Check this out:
Love as the greatest power, Sharon Salzberg, Holistic Life Foundation, community building in Baltimore, meditation in schools instead of suspension….
“Homework: say I live you to someone you don’t know!”
Imagine doing that in France!!
Is it possible to keep an open mind and heart?
“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”
T.S. Elliot, Four Quartets
Thank you Marion Woodman for introducing me to these lines in your lecture, “Rolling Away the Stone.”
…someone restores your faith in the future… a volunteer teaching refugees French, Place Stalingrad, Paris 19…
To be continued…. xxxxx Aliss