christmas has whirled me into a flurry of activities.....
in trying to catch up on emails, i found this gorgeous quote
a friend had shared with me. had to post it here.
the timing seems wonderful to me.
as we are smack dab in the holidays and the new year is coming fast -
thank you, margy, for sending it.
thank you, john odonohue for writing it -
It is a strange and magical fact to be here, walking around in a body,
to have a whole world within you and a world at your fingertips outside
you. It is an immense privilege, and it is incredible that humans manage
to forget the miracle of being here. Rilke said, “Being here is so
much.” It is uncanny how social reality can deaden and numb us so that
the mystical wonder of our lives goes totally unnoticed. We are here. We
are wildly and dangerously free. The more lonely side of being here is
our separation in the world. When you live in a body you are separate
from every other object and person. Many of our attempts to pray, to
love, and to create are secret attempts at transfiguring that separation
in order to build bridges outward so that others can reach us and we
can reach them. At death, this physical separation is broken. The soul
is released from its particular and exclusive location in this body. The
soul then comes in to a free and fluent universe of spiritual
If you really live your life to the full, death will never have power
over you. It will never seem like a destructive, negative event. It can
become, for you, the moment of release into the deepest treasures of
your own nature; it can be your full entry into the temple of your soul.
If you are able let go of things, you learn to die spiritually in
little ways during your life. When you learn to let go of things, a
greater generosity, openness, and breath comes into your life. Imagine
this letting go multiplied a thousand times at the moment of your death.
That release can bring you a completely new divine belonging.