“What is most healing about bearing witness to things exactly as they are, including my own part in my pain, is that when the voice of the pain fits the pain, there is no room for distortion or illusion. In this way, truth becomes a clean bandage that heals, keeping dirt out of the wound. To voice things as they are is the nearest medicine.” ~ Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening (2/21/2012)
Empowered with The Book of Awakening in my hand each day, I face and embrace over and again the ever-present desire within me to walk, talk, think, feel, dream and “BE” … authentically. I am so grateful to Mark Nepo for the reminder, the encouragement, the lessons and blessings in his story, his journey, his example and his awakening.
The entries encourage me to return to stillness and turn away from the obsessive distraction of needing to have “the right answer”, to somehow figure it all out or identify why it all went terribly wrong in my humble estimation.
I am reminded that I can see what was or, most importantly, what is without getting lost in it.
I awakened this morning to the truth that focusing on the minutia of my life through both microscope and telescope keeps me small or transported to somewhere other than where I actually am. The the healing is found in seeing things, speaking about things as they truly are. Not how they used to be or how I hoped they’d be but how they are.
The truth is, I always have the option to view this moment and my magnificence in it through my smile, my breath and my own heart, one awakened heartbeat at a time.
If you are reading The Book of Awakening too, please share your experiences. I’d love book buddies on this journey!
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