The Jewel in the Heart of the Stone, Episode 136

Posted by Thirdspace on May 10, 2020 in Archives

When big change comes upon us, we can at first devote a great deal of our hearts’ energy to a fight with the change – which is often a fight that does nothing to help us. But our hearts are equally capable of something else – a turn towards bigger questions, and to the possibility that the change might be inviting us into a deeper relationship with life. Hidden here might be ‘the jewel at the heart of the stone’. A conversation about depth, intimacy with life, and the life-giving, difficult work of responding to change, with Lizzie Winn and Justin Wise of Thirdspace.

This is Turning Towards Life, a weekly live 30 minute conversation hosted by Thirdspace in which Justin Wise and Lizzie Winn dive deep into big questions of human living. Find us on FaceBook to watch live and join in the lively conversation on this episode. We’re also on YouTube, and as a podcast on Apple, Google and Spotify. You can find videos of every episode, and more about the project on the Turning Towards Life website.

Our source for this week is written by Mark Nepo, and brought to us by Lizzie.

Fighting The Instrument

Often the instruments of change
are not kind or just
and the hardest openness
of all might be
to embrace the change
while not wasting your heart
fighting the instrument.

The storm is not as important
as the path it opens.
The mistreatment in one life
never as crucial as the clearing
it makes in your heart.

This is very difficult to accept.
The hammer or cruel one
is always short-lived
compared to the jewel
in the center of the stone.

Mark Nepo

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