Love Your Window

Last 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.

 

LOVE YOUR WINDOW

No matter how small or old. Keep it

clean so you can see what comes your way.

When the lost bird flies into it looking for

its mate, keep the feather stuck to the glass.

Take it with you and dream of finding what

completes you. At the edge of winter, open

the window of your heart and see your

breath, how what you bring up becomes

the air. When you’re ready or pushed,

close your eyes and the other window

will appear, the one that faces all of

time. What flies there never lands, but

hovers, dropping seeds of infinity in the

breaks we can’t heal. So open the window

of your pain, though the whisperers tell you

to nail it shut, and let in everything that’s

ever lived. What flies and never lands has

been waiting. Be brave. Don’t run. Let the

fire around your window burn until you

become the opening.

A Question to Walk With: Describe your favorite window and why it has meaning for you. Then describe your inner window and what it lets you see.

 

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