This month, Sounds True published a new, expanded edition of Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness, which gathers twenty-eight years of my writing and teaching about suffering, healing, and wholeness, including thirty-nine new poems and prose pieces not yet published. One of the great transforming passages in my life was having cancer in my mid-thirties. This experience unraveled the way I see the world and made me a student of all spiritual paths. With a steadfast belief in our aliveness, I hope what’s in this book will help you meet the transformation that waits in however you’re being forged. The following piece is an excerpt from the book.
It’s harder to hold onto things.
I’ve broken several bowls while
drying them, including the one of
a kind Nick gave my wife Susan.
Another chance to practice frailty.
I need to take more care in how I
lift, to let things settle in my palm
where I can feel them more than
carry them. And lately when our
dog eats too fast, she gets sick. So
now we squat beside her and make
her wait. She stops and chews and
we look at each other. These tender
moments opened by limits make
me stop in the market, watching
everyone handle fruit. I aspire
to stay tender. The softness of
light is everywhere.
A Question to Walk With: In conversation with a friend or loved one, describe a limitation you are experiencing. How are you making peace with this?