Intrinsic Brightness

Intrinsic Brightness March 25, 2024

You can lose yourself in love
or find yourself. What we love can
become everything in which case we
spin endlessly, thirsting for someone
else’s light to soften our darkness.

Or what we love can become the
veil we part to see and know what
holds the world together.

I know this because
I have done both.

And while making what I love
everything has kept me from my soul,
loving everything open, the way the
constancy of the sun opens flowers,
has allowed me to know the shimmer
where who I am is joined to
everything that ever lived.

A Question to Walk With: Describe a time when you lost yourself in love and a time when you found yourself in love. What led to each?

This is from my book of poems in progress, Unseeable Masters.

Mark will be offering retreats and a few special journeys in 2024. Below are some of his offerings: 

April 26-28: Reading and Weekend Retreat, Saying Yes to Life: From Brokenness to Tenderness, The Sophia Institute, Charleston, SC, or call 843-720-8528 

May 6: Drinking from the River of Light, Talk on the Creative Process, The Gilmore Festival, Kalamazoo Public Library Central Branch, VanDeusen Room | 2 pm

May 18–24, 2024 The Gift of Deepening and the Radiance in All Things, a weeklong retreat on a river cruise in France hosted by Global Journeys

June 28-30: Omega Institute, Falling Down and Getting Up: Discovering Your Inner Resilience and Strength, Weekend Retreat Rhinebeck, NY

Aug 16-18: Mercy By the Sea, You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: The Net of Friendship Retreat, 167 Neck Rd, Madison,

Sept 16–21, 2024 You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: The Power of Friendship, a Mastery Week Retreat at the Modern Elder Academy in Santa Fe, Mexico,

Nov 1-3: Harmony Hill Retreat Center, You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: The Net of Friendship Weekend Retreat, Union WA, Contact Harmony Hill for info:

Dec 8–14,  Saying Yes to Life: The One Life We’re Given, a weeklong retreat in Costa Rica, hosted by Global Journeys

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