Caring and kindness: Shadow Work
We must take the utmost care and kindness in all things. Especially in the ways we see ourselves, know ourselves.
Inner caring and kindness is the true beginning.
From that beginning a flow starts. First a trickle, then growing into a stream, moving into a river. Even an ocean and beyond, into other realms of caring and kindness and compassion that aren’t yet known to us.
Caring and kindness. Light and shadow.
For so long, for so many years, I have said we are all of it.
Sun and moon. Up and down.
(Many others said it before me.)
But right now, I feel so deeply, so urgently, the caring and kindness that we must bring to our journeys into the light and shadow.
The light and shadow of us, of me, of you.
The one whole voice that is in me and you.
I think it’s far bigger than we could ever imagine, the multitudes in each of us. And there’s so much of our multitudes we hide for fear of unkindness.
But what if caring and kindness and compassion reigned?
What if we did not fear the other in ourselves?
What if we did not fear the other in others?
What if, with caring and kindness, we laid our souls bare and knew with utmost certainty we would be loved and embraced?
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To pray you open your whole self
To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon
To one whole voice that is you.
And know there is more
That you can’t see, can’t hear;
Can’t know except in moments
Steadily growing, and in languages
That aren’t always sound but other
Circles of motion.
Like eagle that Sunday morning
Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky
In wind, swept our hearts clean
With sacred wings.
We see you, see ourselves and know
That we must take the utmost care
And kindness in all things.
Breathe in, knowing we are made of
All this, and breathe, knowing
We are truly blessed because we
Were born, and die soon within a
True circle of motion,
Like eagle rounding out the morning
We pray that it will be done
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