As long as we sing,
the pain of the world
cannot claim our lives.
Through cancer, through growing up in America, through learning about immeasurable struggles for freedom around the world, all different but the same, it has become very clear that giving voice to what is inner is essential to surviving what is outer. No matter where we live or whom we love, no matter what we want or what we can’t have, this is the lesson I can’t repeat or learn enough!
When everything in life presses from outside of us, we have no choice but to sing like scared children relying on their song to stop the pain, the way that fire stalls the cold. This is the secret of all spirit, why it cannot stay inside, but must be brought from within us into the world. Fr it is the song from within that keeps the pain of living from snuffing our lives. It is the song from within ingnited, again and again, that keeps the world going. When we do this for ourselves, we do it for every child not yet born.
As night and day take turns on this massive Earth spinning nowhere, the song we share within takes turns with the catastrophes of living. When we go silent, the age goes dark.
Sing, then, in whatever tongue your pain has taught you. Sing, though you have no training and never went to school. Sing, becuase the cry from all the places you have kept quiet will stall the cold, will soften the danger, will keep the world possible for one more turn. . .
This week’s Soul Challenge:
*deeply and simply, close your eyes and let whatever is inside you begin to rise
*exhale everything that seems in the way, and give voice to the piece of the infinite that dwells within you
*release a cry or gasp or sigh, and feel the world continue
We invite you to share what this experience felt like for you? Was it scary? Was it fulfilling? Did it shift how you intend to see and receive people moving forward?
Chief Travel Partner
Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
I love you deeply, for in truth we are old friends.
We are One.