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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sacred Potential




one heart divided
two seeds one good one evil
such simplicity

draw closer to see
a new possibility
do not turn away

both seeds hold purpose
light in dark and dark in light
and all for blessing

sacred potential
 roots and shoots growing toward
one unified heart




I’ve been studying many texts this month on yetzer hara, “the evil inclination,” and how it is essential to step toward and dwell with the aspects of ourselves, that are difficult, uncomfortable, painful, that by acknowledging, witnessing, welcoming what is present, without harsh judgment but compassion instead, suffering fades and blessing blossoms. I have certainly seen this in my own life, though it is not an easy thing to do. It requires courage, humility, clarity and faith.

A particular teaching that stood out for me was found in an article by Rabbi JamesJacobson-Maisels titled Inviting the Demons In. In it he quotes Rav Moshe Hayyim Ephraim of Sudylkow, “…one who is wise…will understand that there is great light covered and hidden within that darkness for ‘there is no place empty of [Divine Presence].’ (Zohar).

I am doing a lot of studying, practicing, and teaching mindfulness meditation, in the midst of seeking balance between family life and my own inner life, creative energy and physical exhaustion. Some days it feels like I’ve taken on too much, other days I feel joy in the abundance of all that I am able to give and receive. There most certainly are some “demon” seeds for me to get to know better when I am feeling overwhelmed and anxious.  I wonder what it would be like to be like the seed heart above, split in two, one part of me could “be” and one part could “do,” but then I’d never find my own center, or my boundaries. Unified, even if distracted and distraught at times seems the point of being human, and so I practice, practice, practice, finding wholeness; this is the wisdom of mindfulness, being here now, even in the busy, busy, busy, rush of life flowing, remembering to pause and notice my breath or tiny seedpods forming a heart in the muck on the forest floor, and Divinity in everyone  and everything (the delicate pastel seed pods and the dark sticky mud).

I see two doctors this week for check-ups, neurologist and allergist, a transition meeting at the high school for my daughter who will be graduating in a few weeks, (graduating!!!! Prom pictures soon, I promise!) attending her senior project presentation, meeting with two study partners (meditation teacher training and Torah Yoga)…and teaching in The Healing Womb on Thursday this week. All of this after another full weekend, I cannot talk right now or walk very well either. My brain really is tired! Time for some compassionate rest in bed with the AC cranked up. Summer is rapidly approaching.

If you do not see me blogging as much or visiting your beautiful blogs, well, there are just so many hours in a day and I am sorry if it seems I am not generous to you with my time. I am giving what I have to give and that is all any one can do. Right now, for the blogging world that means mostly just sharing what lives here on my pages. I know, I know, blogging without obligation…still it makes me sad, and I miss “strolling” around this beautiful international neighborhood, and so here is another “demon” to offer tea and cookies to; Guilt, a longtime companion. 


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38 comments:

  1. This is beautiful and moving beyond words, my heart cries in understanding. Xo. Olivia

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  2. Lovely photo and thoughts on a complicated subject, Laura.

    Thank you for sharing at Your Sunday Best this week. xoxo

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  3. Very beautiful! I like this photo.

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  4. Love the concept of sacred potential! A beautiful building of ideas!

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  5. Beautiful photo and excellent post ~ sending you lots of healing hugs ~ be well ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

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  6. Such a gorgeous shot!

    Hope all goes well for you with the doctors. And oh, graduation already?!

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  7. Lovely pictures and words ~ Enjoy your week ~

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  8. Lovely, both pictures and prose.
    Getting in touch with our inner selves is the most rewarding thing of all. I believe there is no evil that the divine light, love and goodness cannot overcome. Enjoy your days!

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  9. So beautiful... you are a true inspiration. Congrats on your daughter graduating!!

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  10. Many people suffer the dichotomy of character you have so aptly described. Your message is universal.

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  11. Picture and haiku set are absolutely exquisite.....I too have health issues, but we don't let that stop our passions, do we....

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  12. I LOVE "both seeds hold purpose". WONDERFUL! Do not worry about obligation, Laura. You must look after yourself, and we understand and are here for you. It is enough and more than enough to visit here and read your lovely words.

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  13. I always come here, no expectations, and leave feeling deeply inspired. You have a gift Laura, and are generous with it in so many ways!

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  14. Laura, please don't worry about visiting blogs, at least mine. You have so much to offer this world and I feel like I wallow in your spirit by reading your writings. So no need to tire yourself more by trying to visit blogs. Take care. You have a lot to do. Frankly, I'm amazed you do so much. I do far less without any physical limitations.

    Blessings to you.

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  15. Oh Laura..I am so sorry that things are more difficult again..yes the heat is both a joy and a challenge. Your daughter is at such an exciting time in her life.. Rest.. meditate...heal....hugs..Michelle

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  16. Laura, I think this is one of your finest photos and poems. Though I wish your suffering would end, it appears to launch you into greater depths of creativity.

    May your suffering, may all suffering be transformed into wisdom and beauty (and ease:)

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  17. Through the poem, essay, and photographs, I learned something totally unexpected, both about your theme, and about you. Live life, then, but do continue to write, and blog, and share.

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  18. Indeed! Without one, the other does not exist. You rewrote a famous truth with freshness and respect. I like that, Laura!

    http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2012/05/21/take-action/

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  19. Great take on yetzer hara. When I want to explain it to people, I'll send them here.

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  20. I'm thinking it is good for you to be busy, and to take gentle rest.

    To study and do yoga involves body, soul, and spirit. I accept your gift of spirit and word.

    You remain in my thoughts and prayers.

    We are RV traveling now and most recently we are in St. Martinville, Louisiana. I am having so much fun.

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  21. Beautiful as only you can offer up. And don't you even think about worrying about making your blogging rounds. We all do what we can and when we can. And still you do a lot more. Worry not.

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  22. A lot of healing thoughts from me, hope you're week is going well so fare. Reflected words and a beautiful photo :0) Have a nice day ! :0)

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  23. Such a sweet image, Laura. ♥

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  24. i like your ackowledgement that even the darkness serves a purpose...live to write not write to live you know...see you soon...smiles.

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  25. what a beautiful image, and a very pretty heart!!

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  26. I loved the image and the piece--I am drawn to the idea that to be whole, we must find and embrace all sides of ourselves---

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  27. Good luck with all = you are right about the darkness playing a role too == for energy sometimes. (Grrr....) k.

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  28. Lovely poem and post, Laura! Take care and I hope all is well.

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  29. Just take care of yourself, Laura. And, let guilt go hungry!

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  30. Beautiful, Laura. Feel better. Xoxo

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  31. This sounds interesting - what you are reading. It makes a lot of sense. I like the photo and the poem and how it all ties together - great post!!

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  32. feeding demons tea and cookies. so beautiful are you!

    i love your reading's soul fuel, truth. More nourishing than any cookie.

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    graduation! wow.

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  33. Ah my dear friend, what you say makes so much sense. It really is hard to look at both sides of ourselves ... the good and the bad. A certain humility is required to delve very deeply into either one, and so much of the time I choose the middle road which is easier.

    You make me realize I also need to take time to "pause and notice my breath" at times.

    Thank you, dear Laura, thank you. You always make me stop and see things in ways I've not looked at before; whether in myself or in this beautiful world.

    Again, you remain in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love and Peace, dear friend.

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  34. joy is rooted in the depth of our suffering and our willingness to embrace all the parts of ourselves and life. there is courage in this and profound beauty for only in acceptance is there a chance for wholeness. your post is filled with the true essence of beauty, light and compassion.
    xoxoxoxoxoxo

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  35. This post gave me much food for thought about how I face my own "demons", or don't face them, in many cases. Hmmm...
    Adore the haiku - so beautifully illustrated with the photo of the seed.
    Thank you for your offering today !
    Light and love !

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  36. both seeds hold so much and that much is life

    valued benevolence haiku

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  37. Thank you for this beautiful, insightful, honest post that encourages me to see and live deep.

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