Breathing Life into This World, Episode 59

Here’s Episode 59 of Turning Towards Life, a weekly live 30 minute conversation hosted by thirdspace coaching in which Justin Wise and Lizzie Winn dive deep into big questions of human living.

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This week: how vulnerable and lost we human beings can feel, and how our attempts to distract ourselves from this and to appear ‘ok’ only tend to make things worse for us and those around us. We consider the life-giving possibilities of sharing our fears and confusions with others, what it is to trust that we’re always part of something way bigger than ourselves, and the freedom that comes from knowing that being alive is always to be bringing something new into the world – even when we can’t feel it and don’t know what it is.

Our source this week is from the 13th-century Sufi mystic and poet Rumi:

The body is like mary 
And each of us has a Jesus inside.

Who is not in labour, holy labour ?
Every creature is.

See the value of true art when the earth or soul is in the mood to create beauty,

For the witness might then for a moment know beyond any doubt,

God is really there within,
So innocently drawing life from or with her umbilical universe,

Though also needing to be born. Yes God also needs to be born,

Birth from a hands loving touch, birth from a song breathing life into this world.

The body is like mary and each of us, each of us has a Christ within.

– Rumi

from ‘The Purity of Desire: 100 Poems of Rumi‘ by Daniel Landinsky

Photo by Šárka Jonášová on Unsplash