Being Breath

stories from the wilderness of everyday life

Awake Enough

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(Speaking of poetry, but applicable well beyond the written word....)


"Don't identify too strongly with your work.  Stay fluid behind those black-and-white words.  They are not you.  They were a great moment going through you.  A moment you were awake enough to write down and capture."
-Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones




Each moment I have to practice letting go - re-leasing my roles, my expectations, my fears, my guilt.

Each moment I must remember that I am bigger than any title and deeper than any one piece of art.

Each moment I also must remember that the next moment I will look and feel differently - and that this is neither good nor bad.  It is just the way life flows.

Each moment I recognize that I have the capability to steer in this flow, to fight it, to flow powerfully with it, to either make choices consciously or blame others for the consequences.

Each moment I practice being open to the experience of what is - because this moment will only be open to me once in my lifetime.

Each moment I yearn to be awake

awake enough

that I may again stumble upon life.