When the Unexpected Comes, Episode 168

When something difficult or unwelcome happens, there are many reasons for us to contract away from our lives in an attempt to control what we’re feeling. It’s a kind of self-protection, yes, but can also be a kind of violence to ourselves. And it often cuts us off from what could most support us, open us, and hold us. So how about  learning to connect to the memory of our vastness, and our intimacy with all of life, when we are triggered to retreat? This episode of Turning Towards Life is a conversation about remembering the ways in which we already belong to life, and what might come from that; hosted as always by 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 this week is brought to us by Lizzie, and written by Jasmina Zukan:

When the unexpected hit

When the unexpected hit

Its raw violence
To force the air
Out of your lungs
From the inside out

Let it shatter
Your heart into
Million pieces

Watch it blow
Your center away
Like it was nothing
More than a dune
In a desert sand

Fall into nothingness
As you feel the ground
Being pulled under you

Be still
As a sailing boat
On a windless sea

And surrender
To The One
Who created you
The first time

To Him we belong
And to Him we return

And only He
Creates us
And again

Each time more beautiful

And witness
His work
Of making

And flow
In His Mercy
And Love

And love

Jasmina Zukan

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