I believed I wanted to be a poet, but deep down I wanted to be a poem.
-Jamie Gil de Biedma
-Jamie Gil de Biedma
This is the true nature of Eros, the ability, no, the celebration of the senses wherein we are invited to know the world in a bodily way, taking it into who we are so that we are the continuing expression of what it is we have tasted and touched. We become the scent of roses and jonquils, we are the taste of mint and lemon, we are the continuation of their lives within our cells till we in turn, in time, become the scent of roses again. As Mary Oliver says, “There's nothing so sensible, as sensual inundation.”
"When we open ourselves and take in the sorrows of the world, letting them penetrate our insulated hut of the heart, we are both overwhelmed by the grief of the world and in some strange alchemical way, reunited with the aching, shimmering body of the planet. We become acutely aware that there is no “out there;” we share one continuous presence, one shared skin. Our suffering is mutually entangled, the one with the other, as is our healing."
"Bringing compassion to our suffering is an act of generosity. It helps us remember that we too, are part of this breathing, pulsing world and worthy of compassion. We are reminded that, by the mere fact of our being here, we qualify for the soothing waters of compassion. We can then come out of our sheltered world of self-scrutiny and make our way back into the fuller embrace of our belonging."
"I have found a lasting faith in the ways of the indigenous soul, in the deep structures of the psyche that harbor the bedrock of our inherited success as a species. It is here that we will find the ways back to our sanity. This is what is required of us: Deep gratitude and gestures of acknowledgement that everything is a gift offered to us freely. May we remember these root practices and once again recall our place on this sacred ground."
"The self that appeals to me is the self that has not been conditioned solely by culture, whether family, religion, education, or economics, but rather the one found under these systems of domestication --the wild self, the self at once sovereign and entwined with the living world. It is this self that can extend its reach into the surrounding rings of connection--with vacant lots, watersheds, returning salmon, with children and struggling communities--and sense its intimate bond with all of them. This self is co-mingled with all the others that share this shining planet. When we can step into this wider and wilder state of identity, our isolation falls away and we return to a state of participation and belonging."