And the Spiral Begins Again, Episode 165

How can we cultivate a real, mature kind of gratefulness that keeps opening us to both the wonder of life and the suffering and difficulty that’s here? A gratefulness that doesn’t seek to cover over anything at all, but instead awakens our care, skilfulness, and capacity to step into the world with the action that is called for? This episode of Turning Towards Life is a conversation about having love be what holds our care, fear, hope, anger and defensiveness so that we can turn deeper into life rather than turning away, hosted as always by Lizzie Winn and Justin Wise of Thirdspace.

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Our source this week is brought to us by Justin, and written by Joanna Macy.

And the Spiral Begins Again

Just to live is holy
To be is a blessing

— Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

We have received an inestimable gift. To be alive in this beautiful, self-organising universe – to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it – is a wonder beyond words.

Gratitude quiets the frantic mind and brings us back to source. It reconnects us with basic goodness and our personal power. It helps us to be more fully present to our world. That grounded present provides the psychic space for acknowledging the pain we carry for our world…

We begin to know the immensity of our heart-mind, and how it helps us move beyond fear… The truth of our inter-existence, made real to us by our pain for the world, helps us see with new eyes. It brings fresh understandings of who we are and how we are related to each other and the universe. We begin to comprehend our own power to change and heal. We strengthen by growing living connections with past and future generations, and our brother and sister species.

Then, ever again, we go forth into the action that calls us… Even when we don’t succeed in a given venture, we can be grateful for the chance we took and the lessons we learned. And the spiral begins again.

Joanna Macy, from ‘World as Lover, World As Self’

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