Coming Apart and Together at the Same Time, Episode 169

In between our certainty that we’re too small, or too inadequate to meet life, and our fantasies (perhaps even expectations) of perfection, mastery of life, and personal power, there is a middle place. And the middle, if we’ll meet ourselves and one another there, is far from a place of mediocrity. Instead it’s a way in which we can be real with one another, truthful about our messiness and our gloriousness, and the messiness and gloriousness of life. Will you meet us there? This episode of Turning Towards Life is a conversation which invites a new understanding of ‘middling’ – less as an adjective, more as a verb, something we can actively do to find a dignified ‘right size’ in our lives; 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 Maya Stein:

It looks like the sky is coming apart and together at the same time…
by Maya Stein

And the body is holding its losses like a fist. And a fleshy hope
is opening to an unprecedented vastness. And whatever we think
we are leaving behind will keep insisting. And the things we desire
will elude us. And our efforts will pose as failure. And we will not recognize
how far we’ve come. And we will solve one problem and create another.
And we will feel broken. And we will not be broken. And the silence
will be deafening. And we will love destructively. And no one
will appear to be listening. And there will be too many doors
to choose from. And we will keep saying, “I don’t know how to do this.”
And we will be more capable than we ever imagined.

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