Thursday, September 24, 2009

Meditation on Jack Kornfield's, The Wise Heart, Chapter 9

Albert Camus said, "We all carry within us our places of exile; our crimes, our ravages. Our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to transform them in ourselves and others."

Open your mind and heart
Ask why you are stuck in this place
Be brave, name the fear
Name the resistance.
Understand what it is, then
Step back, allow it the space it needs.

Little by little, feel it soften and dissolve.
Be courageous, greet your emotions
Each by name. Again
Step back, allow each the space
It requires to do what it will;
To expand, to intensify, or dissolve
To rise and fall again, and again.

Tears flow, honor them.
Pain comes in  waves,
Fear and resistance reappear
Swirling one into another, be brave.
Listen to your stories of sorrow and shame.
Hold them gently.
Hold your fragile self gently.

Be open to the waves, the tears.
Acknowledge your confusion and the grief.
Be fearless, do not lose your way.
Let go, accept your life,
Understand it is what it is.
Respect the history that is you.
Make peace with your life.


  1. Love this Maureen, thanks for sharing this with all of us!

  2. wonderful piece - very thought provoking

  3. Very touching and tender Maureen, thanks for your concern for others.

  4. Yep, read it again, and still like

  5. Thanks so much for this. I guess at this point in my life I shouldn't be shocked by the synchronicity that leads me to find what I need, but I am trying to work through some things today and this posting is exactly right for me right now.

  6. Hi, what a beautiful poem. As I read it I was thinking that it pretty much describes my whole life experience at the moment - just staying with, and observing, layers of sensation and thoughts...and, of course, the resistances.

    I really like your blog - lovely layout.



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